I meet many people that tell me they have tried meditation but sadly they found it too difficult to continue. So I decided to put together some tips that might be able to help you establish a regular meditation practice.
- Do away with distractions. When meditating, remove all possible distractions from your external environment. Choose a quiet place and dedicate that place to your meditation practice. When you are able to associate that place with meditation you will be more likely to stay on track.
- Make your practice your own. Some people get too caught up in what they think they should do while meditating. Believe it or not, what matters is what is going on in your mind as you meditate, not what you’re wearing or how you’re sitting or how long you can do it for. Most often those who have a deep experience during meditation go back for more.
- Release tension in your breath. The importance of letting go of exertion in your breath when you meditate should not be overlooked. As you deepen in meditation, your breath will become fainter. Allow the breath to be smooth and gentle.
- Let go of your thoughts. Ask anyone and they will tell you that the most difficult aspect of meditation is trying to ‘control’ the thoughts that enter your head. It’s only natural: you may have a clear head one minute and the next you’ll find that you’re thinking about what you are going to cook for dinner or how you have to go into work early the following morning. When it happens, let that be ok. Be aware of the thought and release it.
- Listen to your Stillness Sound. When you listen to a Stillness Sound or mantra, as you meditate, you connect with your mind on a deeper level. Your Stillness Sound will help you to achieve a state of relaxation right away and to start nurturing the sense of bliss that comes from your mind naturally wanting to dive deeper with that sound.
So there you have it, some simple tips to help you set up and maintain a regular meditation practice. Just as consistently as the sun rises every morning and sets every evening, we aspire to have that consistency in our meditation practice so that we can experience more bliss and calm in our lives.
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