You know meditation is good for you. It can do wonders to one’s health and point of view. But if you are like millions of people who just do not have time, too tired, too busy and just do not have the patience to learn, then you may think it is not for you.
If you are more of an observer trying to see what is the fuss with this meditation thing, then you may have associated meditation with religious beliefs, or you may have thought that it will require too much of your time and you just don’t have time to allocate for it. These are all misconceptions that you should start correcting. How do you start getting into the habit of meditation? These tips should help.
Knowing that meditation has many benefits to offer, you can motivate yourself by thinking of the good results you could get. Many people get into meditation to become better in dealing with stress. If stress is your enemy each and every day, then you know you can use meditation as a helpful tool. The good benefits that meditation brings are not merely promises. This fact is supported by numerous studies on the positive effects of meditation on the brain, as well as how it helps people to manage stress properly.
Some meditation guides will tell you to start with 15 minutes of practice each day. But you can actually start with a few minutes at the start, just so that you become more familiar with meditation. Each day, you will learn and you will improve in time, but the point is that you cut yourself some slack. Be patient with yourself and take your time to learn the ways of meditation.
Focus on Breathing
The simplest way for beginners to practise meditation is through deep breathing techniques. Breathe deeply and focus on your every breath. You can do this sitting down or standing up. You can close your eyes or keep them open. It will depend on which one will help you to focus better. Feel and sense every inhalation and exhalation.
Deal with Thoughts the Right Way
What frustrates many people when they start meditation is that hundreds of thoughts get in the way. You could be a very busy person minding so many problems at school, work or your personal life. Your thoughts come naturally and it is not like you can control what comes into your mind.
Incoming thoughts are natural and should not discourage you from continuing to meditate. Just let the thoughts go. Do not explore them however, or it will not stop and you lose your focus. Bring your thoughts back to your breathing and empty your mind again.
Train Your Thoughts
While you are starting and learning to meditate, you can train your thoughts to be more positive, serene and relaxed. Find appreciation in what you have and what you are. Learn to relax and be patient with yourself as you get into the meditative state.