Learning to meditate is not hard. It’s just like any other skill. All you need is some practice to learn it. Think of meditation as exercising a muscle that you haven’t worked out before. It will take consistent practice for you to get comfortable. So, here’s what you need to do.
1. Make Sure You’re Relaxed and Comfortable
There’s nothing in particular that you’ve to prepare before meditating! In fact, wear what is most comfortable for you. It’s best to wear loose clothing so that your body does not become constricted in any way and you can easily relax.
Don’t stay in bed to meditate. It may seem tempting to not leave the warmth of your bed–especially during winter months–but you are more likely to fall asleep again if you don’t get out of bed. The point of a morning meditation is to wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
If you do feel cold, either turn up the heat or use a meditation shawl or blanket–out of bed–to keep yourself warm.
2. Create a Calm Space to Meditate
Make sure you have a dedicated space for meditation that you can personalize with candles, incense, flowers, or anything else that calms you. If there isn’t enough space in your home for a dedicated area, try to find somewhere you won’t be disturbed by anyone else. Make sure the space is free of clutter and other stressors like a pile of laundry that needs to be folded.
Sit down as low to the ground as possible, either straight on the floor or on a cushion or meditation chair if you need back support. In a pinch, you can sit on the floor while leaning against the wall. If you can’t get to the floor, just sit in a normal chair. The most important thing is you’re comfortable and sitting with a tall, straight spine.
If you need to stop meditating at a particular time (like to get ready for work) set an alarm on your phone or a timer. The recommended time is 20 minutes, but 10 minutes or 5 minutes is okay if you’re really stressed for time. The most important thing is to take some time every day to meditate.
3. Focus on Your Breath
This is the most important aspect of your meditation practice: meditating. Breathe naturally and just concentrate on your breath as it flows in and out of the body.
Let your thoughts float through your mind. Accept them – don’t judge them. Then let them float away. Always bring your focus back to your breath and the current moment. If you’ve never meditated before, learn how to meditate step by step.
4. Repeat the Next Day
This is very important! If you really want to feel the benefits of meditation, you must build a daily habit to stop and check-in every morning. Once you’ve started, you need to keep going every day. It doesn’t matter how tired or cranky you feel, even if you don’t want to leave the bed you have to do it. Once you settle into your meditation space and start breathing, you will quickly feel better and when your meditation is done for the day you’ll wonder why it was so hard to in the first place!
Stay healthy, stay safe :)