Most people think that meditation is too difficult and often start but give up quickly before they experience any benefits. Also, if you are not in a great mental state and your mind is very over active it might be even more difficult, and it could be very frustrating.
You need to be positive about meditation and give it a chance if you give up after a couple of sessions it’s never going to work. To benefit from the inner peace and harmony that mediation will make you feel you need to commit to making time for a mediation every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
Here are some tips to get you started!
1. TIMING – HAVE A REGULAR TIME
In theory the best time to meditate is during sunrise or sunset – this is when the atmosphere is charged with powerful energy and vibrations. However, it’s not always possible to meditate during time so it’s fine to find a calm moment that works for you – it’s important that nobody disturbs your practice.
To make meditation part of your everyday routine it’s a good idea to mediate at the same time daily – whichever time works for you. Some of us prefer the morning and others prefer the evening when they are winding down to sleep.
2. MAKE SURE YOU SIT UP STRAIGHT
Your posture is very important when meditating and it is important that you sit up with your back straight either on a chair or cross-legged on the floor. Just make sure your back, spine and neck are straight, if you don’t sit straight it will cause your mind to drift and energy will not flow properly.
3. EYES OPEN OR SHUT?
It up to you whether you choose to keep your eyes open or closed during meditation. Keeping your eyes open will allow you to be more present, just make sure you lower your eyelids and look to the ground so you don’t lose concentration.
You can keep your eyes closed or open – Keeping your eyes open will allow you to be more present. Just lower your eyes, look over the tip of your nose to the ground and relax the eyelids.
4. PAYING ATTENTION TO THE BREATH
Paying attention to the breath is very important to connect you with the present moment. Make sure you are fully aware of your breath. Counting your breath during meditation can help focus your mind and prevent thoughts distracting your meditation. Pranayama exercises can be good to help control your breath.
5. CONTROLING YOUR THOUGHTS
If you find your mind is wondering bring yourself back to the breath or even focus on something such as a candle. Meditation is all about practice you won’t be good overnight, but you have to keep going with it if you really want to benefit from a daily meditation practice.