Meditation helps you go beyond the mind and achieve happiness, calm, and bliss. But as anyone who has tried mediation knows, meditate into your zone is the biggest obstacle. Your mind will wander, you will feel itchy, your crossed legs will get weary. But no worries, here are our tips to ease your meditation.
Step 1: Train your brain
Persistency is key. Just like physical exercise, the effect of meditation is cumulative. If you can allocate 10 minutes a day to meditate, that’s great. It is said to meditate best at the quietest hours like late night or early morning. Pick your place and sit down for meditation at the exact time every day. Our mind loves rituals. If we repeat the action every day, it will gradually start a habit.
Step 2: Set the mood
Before mediating, light up a candle, unplug from electronics, change to your PJ. It is like sending a subliminal message to the brain. Pretty soon, the brain will recognize that once everything’s set, it is allowed to disengage and just be.
Step 3: Pay attention
Your mind will sure wander. You will recall what happened today at work. Your mind will provoke you to plan for a future event. Instead of trying to block these thoughts, simply acknowledge them and let them go. You can’t block thoughts, but you can be in the moment. “Meditation is knowing what is happening, while it is happening, no matter what it is.”
Step 4: Bring your self-discipline
There will be some days where you don’t want to meditate. You might get too tired to sit up for another 10 minutes; you might be frustrated not to see any benefits, yet. Bring in your self-discipline and “Just do it.” You will see obvious benefits from meditation gradually.
Step 5: Patience
The best lesson that you will learn from meditation is patience. Right of the bat, you will learn to accept your being in the moment. You don’t control anything, including your thoughts. In meditation, you just let everything be as it is. This will sure be beneficial to you in life too. Patience can be integrated in everything. You will then live slower to enjoy life to the fullest. Remember, “There is more to life than increasing its speed,” said Mohandas Gandhi.