When you maintain a regular meditation practice you will start to feel much more balanced on a daily basis, not only during the times when you meditate, but throughout each day. You will notice yourself being very calm and in control, even when you are having a challenging day.
Quick Tips on How to Start a Meditation Practice
Anybody can start a meditation practice as long as the person allows him or herself to let go of their thoughts and be in the moment. Make a plan to sit for 10 minutes a day to start, working up to 20 minutes or as long as you need. Choose a time that you can consistently take 10 to 20 minutes to meditate each day. You may prefer first thing in the morning, maybe just before dinner, or just before going to sleep.
First set the mood. A relaxing environment is essential for meditation. You also want to be familiar with the location so you will feel at ease. You may also want to use soothing music to set the mood. Perhaps some nature sounds or the flowing water from a nearby fountain.
Be in a comfortable position. It is important that your posture is in a way that is most comfortable for you during meditation. You may prefer a specific seated position, such as the lotus position, but in general, there really is no required pose. As long as you are relaxed in your position, then that’s the right one.
Once you have relaxed and “let go” through conscious breathing, try to focus your attention on your breath. If not on your breathing, than try focusing on a certain sound. Sit in this relaxed state, take notice of your thoughts as they pass through your mind, but don’t attend to them, return your focus back to your breath or the music. Continue to be in this relaxed place for at least 10 minutes.
When you are finished ease back into your usual activities and take notice of how you feel throughout the day. Whatever time you decide to sit and meditate work to make it a daily habit and soon after you will notice the results of a more peaceful mind and heart.