How to Meditate Properly
Do you know how to meditate properly? Have you been told that there is a certain way that it must be done in order for it to be correct? There is no doubt that some people have been told that or something similar. However, meditation doesn’t have to be so rigid that it stops being enjoyable. In fact, that defeats the entire purpose of doing it. There are some things that you need to do in order to meditate properly so that you get the most out of it. With that being said, meditation can occur in almost any location and it can be short or long, obvious or discrete. If you want to know what you need to do in order to benefit from meditation, read the tips below.
Find A Quiet Place To Meditate
You can meditate in almost any location but if you’re just learning how to do it, it’s so much easier if you find a nice quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. You can meditate for 10 minutes or two hours, depending on what you want to do and how you’re feeling that day. Truthfully, there are people that meditate in their cars while they’re driving or even in public places, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Until you become comfortable with meditation, it works a lot better if you can be alone and make sure that no one is going to walk in on you or disturb you until you’re finished.
Turn Off Your Phone While Meditating
It really won’t do you any good to find a quiet place if you’re going to take your phone with you and leave it turned on. Every time it makes noise, you’re going to be compelled to check it. Even if you refrain from doing so, you’re still distracted by it. There’s nothing wrong with taking a few minutes for yourself. If you are really worried that you might miss something important, that’s understandable. Everybody has commitments and obligations and it isn’t possible for every person to turn the phone off for an hour or more at a time each day. If you can, that’s great. If you can’t, get in the habit of letting the people that might need to get in touch with you know that you’re going to have the phone turned off for 10 or 20 minutes at a particular time of day. Even if you need to have the phone turned on most of the time, you can turn it off for 10 minutes and give that time to yourself. If you’re still worried, check in with the ones you need to talk to before and after you meditate in order to make sure that things are okay.
Clear Your Mind
This can be hard, especially for people that aren’t used to meditating. If you can, clear your mind and stop thinking about what you need to do later this afternoon, tomorrow or next week. Stop thinking about things that have happened in the last few days that have upset you. Try to empty your mind and just be in the moment. Don’t get frustrated if this is hard, as it takes practice. One of the best ways to do it is to simply focus on your breath as you inhale deeply and then exhale.
Meditation is like anything else. It might seem a little rough when you first start out, but the more you do it, the better you get at it. In addition, you can see additional benefits associated with doing it if you do it often as opposed to only doing it sporadically. Some people choose to meditate every day but if you really don’t have time for that, try to meditate at least a few times a week. Getting a few minutes in two or three times a week is better than nothing at all. If you can meditate for 30 minutes or an hour every day, go for it. The more you do it, the more you’ll start to notice that you feel more calm and you’re even likely to sleep better.
Realize That There Are Many Ways To Meditate
If anyone has ever told you that there’s only one way to meditate, they don’t know what they’re talking about. Every person is different. Therefore, every person meditates differently. You can put 20 people in a room and walk them through a guided meditation, but every single one of those people is going to experience that meditation in a unique way. When you’re meditating on your own, you might choose to do something as complicated as creating a dedicated environment that is designed exclusively for you to meditate in or you might choose to simply allow your mind to wander off to a place that makes you feel safe and secure. The point is, it usually works best when you do what comes naturally for you as opposed to comparing yourself to someone else.
Meditation is hugely beneficial. It helps you stay calm, it slows your heart rate and your breathing and lowers blood pressure. It helps you manage potentially dangerous hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that are automatically pumped into your bloodstream when you get stressed. It helps you react to situations in a more calm manner. However, it works better if you find the things that work well for you and then stick with them.
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