Meditation is a highly personalized activity. You may meditate first thing in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon. You may meditate laying down or sitting up. You may meditate for two minutes or two hours. You may only meditate when you want to connect with a spirit or you may meditate every single day. The following are suggestions to help make meditation as productive and easy for you as possible.
It goes without saying that you don’t want to be distracted while meditating. Not only is it important to eliminate distractions it is also vital to eliminate the possibility of distractions. Don’t just tell yourself that no one is going to call; take the step of actually turning your phone off. Don’t meditate ten minutes before your partner is due to walk in the door; give yourself plenty of time when you know that no one will be coming home. When you don’t eliminate the possibility of distractions your brain may be focused on waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for your partner to walk in the door. Let your brain be at ease knowing that there will be no distractions.
CAREFULLY CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION
Don’t settle for less when it comes to choosing where you are going to meditate. Make sure that every single part of your body is relaxed, at ease, and comfortable. Use your creativity to find the best location. It may be on the couch with your feet propped up, sitting on the floor with a pillow supporting you, you may find yourself plopped down on your favorite recliner or sitting outside on a lounge chair. Also pay attention to the temperature. Are you too warm? Too cold?
CHOOSE A GOAL
Why is it that you are meditating? Will you make judgments as to whether it was a successful meditation? What will you base those judgments on? You may be seeking insight on a question you have. For example, wanting to know if you should take a new job. Perhaps you want to connect with your Spirit Guide. Maybe you want mental clarity and improved concentration. Perhaps you’ve had a stressful day and just want to feel calmer and more relaxed. At the beginning of each meditation set a goal for yourself. It helps to structure your meditation a bit and make it more productive for you.
TRY OUT DIFFERENT MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
Not only is there more than one way to meditate there are dozens of ways. Some of the more popular techniques include:
Focus on your breathing: Take deep breaths in through your nose, hold for a count, then exhale through your mouth. For example: breathe in for a count of six, hold for a count of four, and exhale for a count of six.
Guided Meditation: There are hundreds, if not thousands, of guided meditation recordings. Guided mediation recordings come in a variety of subjects. Some help you to relax, others help you to connect to a spirit guide, some help you to receive insight from your Higher Self. See if guided meditation works for you.
Do an activity: Meditation doesn’t have to involve sitting down and being still. You may find that your meditation is much more productive if you are engaged in an activity. Some people choose to meditate while gardening, others while exercising. Many people find it helpful to meditate while in nature. Perhaps while going for a walk or sitting on a bench in their garden.
Listen to a fountain: In recent years decorative water fountains have become popular. You can pick one up at Target or Wal-Mart for under $20. You may find the sound of the fountain to be very relaxing.
Meditation is an individualized exercise. Don’t force yourself into believing that it must be done a certain way. It doesn’t. Meditate in a way that works for you. Be creative and try out different techniques. Best of luck to you!
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