The many doubts regarding meditation, make people believe that it’s very boring or tedious. Which is why, despite knowing the benefits of meditation, we don’t feel like trying and give up.
If only we had a ‘Meditation For Dummies’ handbook, things would have been easy, right? We heard you. These tips will guide you to start your meditation journey and put all your doubts to bed.
Is there a right/best time to meditate?
Unlike eating and sleeping, meditating does not have a fixed time. If you’re a morning person, you’ll like meditating before your day starts. Some people like to meditate in the evening, and some before sleeping. Pick your time according to your preference and schedule and get going. Feel free to move the time around, you don’t have to stick to a set time every day.
Just be sure to keep a gap of two hours between your meals and meditation time.
How should I sit while meditating?
There is no one answer for this. You can sit on a chair, lie down, lay back, and even walk while meditating. It’s a false notion that a person should only sit upright while meditating. Choose the style that is the most comforting to you. The right position will help you to focus on the practice and remain focused by eliminating distractions.
I cannot control my thoughts while meditating. How do I stay focused?
To begin with, the question here is incorrect. One needs to understand that focus and concentration are benefits, and not a part of meditation. A human brain can run in 10 directions at a time and forcing it to focus on one is not practical. What you should do is, be in rhythm with your breathing. Be mindful of every breath you inhale and exhale. Start with this, and slowly you’ll stop struggling to focus, it will happen naturally.
Is there a correct way to meditate? What if I am not doing it correctly?
The best and the most effective way to meditate is this – 1) find a calm corner at home, set a timer, (can be 5-10 minutes in the beginning), 2) select a position that is comfortable for you, it’s advisable to maintain the same position throughout the practice, 3) feel and follow your breath, let your mind wander and when you notice it, simply return your attention to breathing, 4) do not judge yourself, be kind to your wandering mind, 4) slowly open your eyes, (if closed) and take a moment to notice and sounds in the environment, and notice how your body feels, notice the thoughts and feelings that come. You can add soothing music, scented candles, or a mala bead to count mantras as well.
I cannot notice any difference after I meditate, why so?
One word – patience. Much like the saying goes, ‘karm karo, phal ki chinta mat karo.’ Don’t meditate with the pressure to see results, you will start experiencing them sooner or later. What you can do is, keep a happy face while meditating, you will notice an immediate difference, as it keeps your mind calm. Also, you don’t have to meditate for a very long time, just be consistent to see the results.
Alternatively, if it’s been a while and you still don’t notice any difference, try to move things around by adding or changing a few elements. Change your position, add meditation music, or chant a mantra aloud.
It’s a beautiful journey of self-transformation, make time for it, don’t rush, and smile!
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