Are you one of the thousands who are ready to take their life back and be more mindful in your everyday life? Or maybe you’re dealing with anxiety or stressful situations that just won’t seem to go away and you’re looking for some relief.
No matter how hard we might try to make our life as painless as possible, we all experience our fair share of obstacles and negativity. The beginning of the year is a great time to make positive changes in your life that will stay with you forever.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to make meditation part of your routine. The simple act of meditating has been proven to relieve stress and negativity. It improves not only your mental life, but your psychical and spiritual lives as well.
We live in a hectic world and sometimes you just need to take a step back from all the problems that are bothering you. It’s important that you take some time for yourself to simply sit and breath. Meditating helps you see things with clearer eyes and a different perspective.
It relieves stress and gives you the power and confidence you need to make the right choices. If you’re interested in starting a meditation routine, the tips below will help you get the best results from your practice.
Make Your Surroundings As Peaceful As Possible
You’re going to have a hard time quieting your mind and focusing on your breath if you’re in a loud or busy room. The place where you decide to sit down and meditate needs to be free of distractions and as peaceful as possible. It’s hard enough concentrating on your mind and your breath in a perfectly quiet room so trying to relax in a noisy setting is nearly impossible.
Choose a place in your home, at work, or in nature that is quiet and doesn’t have a lot of foot traffic going through it. Once you’ve found a good spot, make it a habit to go back to it day after day, even if it’s just for five minutes.
Making it your own and decorating it with calming and relaxing art and lighting will make it feel more welcoming to you. The more welcome you feel, the more you can relax and it can become your safe haven. You may not be able to do this at work but try to make it as comforting as possible.
If you choose to meditate outdoors, look for a calming setting such as a forest, next to a pond, or in the quiet corner of a park. These places have ambiance built into them. For your home, things such as incense, gemstones, crystals, and candles are the perfect addition to your private little sanctuary.
You’ll find yourself much more relaxed and likely to keep coming back day after day once you’ve personalized your meditation space and made it as peaceful as possible.
Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Guidance
A lot of people think that meditating is something you have to do entirely on your own for it to be effective. This is has some truth to it but it isn’t entirely accurate. As a beginner, you might not know exactly what you’re doing or what it is you’re supposed to be doing and that’s ok.
It’s perfectly fine to reach out to a meditation coach, meditation group, or even a close friend. This will not decrease the effectiveness of your session. What WILL decrease it is allowing those around you to distract you and focusing too much on others.
Worrying about what they might be thinking about you, how you look to them, how you sound, etc. is going to throw off your meditation session. Having a meditation group or partner can help keep you accountable and make the learning process a lot easier.
You just need to keep from getting caught up in all the details. Take that time to be alone with yourself and reach into the furthest corners of your mind. You can always gather and socialize after the meditation session is over, but you need to do your very best to concentrate on yourself, your mind, and your breathing while meditating.
Meditation Part Of Your Daily Schedule
Another benefit of attending a meditation group, workshop or class is that it puts your practice on a set time and date which helps it become part of your routine. If you’re practicing alone, you should still set a certain time when you can stop and take a few minutes for yourself.
I know it’s not possible to do it at the same exact time every day but do your best to keep it as consistent as possible. Even if you don’t have a half hour to sit with yourself in silence, shorter sessions at regular times are more beneficial than longer sessions that you can only do every now and then.
Meditation experts recommend meditating in the mornings when you wake up and at night when you’re about to end your day for best results. Try to fit both morning and night sessions in but if you can’t, at least try for once a day.
Even if it’s only for three minutes each time, that’s a lot better than nothing and you’ll still see results. As it becomes a habit and a part of your daily routine, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to sit longer and longer.
Practice As Much As Possible
No matter what it is you’re trying to learn or master, practice makes perfect. Meditating is no exception. Be easy on yourself as you start out and don’t be disappointed if you can’t keep yourself from being distracted. This is completely normal and it might be several weeks until you find yourself able to fully focus on nothing but yourself and your breath.
Instead of beating yourself up for not being able to focus, turn it into an opportunity to forgive yourself and treat yourself compassionately. No matter what happens, you can always start over and try again. The more you practice meditating, the easier it will become to shut everything out and focus on yourself and on your breathing.
As you make it a daily habit, you’ll probably notice yourself subconsciously meditating at other times in your life. You might find that during a particularly stressful situation, you’re actually remaining calm and keeping yourself grounded instead of flying off the handle. You’ll find your anxiety and stress levels drop and you’ll notice how you’re able to think things through with more clarity.
A focused and mindful life starts with your first session. All it takes is choosing to have a better mental, spiritual and physical well-being in order to make a change. Prioritize yourself and allow yourself to escape the daily grind for as little or as long as you can. The rewards you’ll reap will be plentiful and you’ll be glad you made such a positive change for yourself.