Meditation has many benefits, including improving mood, boosting energy and reducing stress. And it’s a practice for everyone – even those of us who think we can’t sit still or even slow our minds down. All you need is a little guidance on how to train your brain, and before you know it you’ll be using the power of your mind and improving your life.
➡️ Here are my tips on how to start meditating and maintain a daily practice:
1. Get comfortable.
We tend to make meditation more complicated and challenging than it needs to be. Take it easy. Start by sitting comfortably. If you’re flexible, sit cross-legged – with your knees just below your hips. If you’re not, sit on a chair with your feet on the floor, or maybe sit up in your bed. Even on your sofa is fine, or against a wall if you have to. Avoid getting bogged down in ‘how you are supposed to sit’ when starting out.
2. Set a time
Many people like to meditate first thing in the morning, but if another time of day works better for you, go with it. It’s ideal to devote the same time to your practice every day, but be forgiving if you can’t meditate at the same time every day.
3. Start small
If 10 minutes seems overwhelming, start with five. After a week, start adding one minute to your practice each week. See how it feels.
4. Be kind to yourself
“Meditation is self-inquiry. Notice the excuses you tell yourself – I’m too tired or I don’t have time. This is an essential part of the process. Notice how your mind tends to rationalize when you break your commitment. In the end, it’s all about your relationship with yourself.
5. Be consistent
You are training your brain to focus, concentrate and let go. Over time, with consistency, it will become easier to let go.
Focus on your breath to anchor the mind in the present moment.