Do you want to meditate but can’t seem to calm your mind enough to do so? If so, you’re not alone. Meditation isn’t as easy as most people seem to think; as a matter of fact, it’s hard work! Your mind naturally wanders and maintaining focus on one particular point takes extreme discipline. That’s OK though; learning how to control your mind is the entire point of meditation. Relax though. We’re here to help with some tips to help get you started.
- Start small. There are no hard and fast rules about how you meditate; the most important thing is that you do. Starting with a short period of time is a great way to slowly train your mind. Start with 5 minutes and really invest yourself in focusing for the entire period.
- Use a candle. For some people, using a visual aid is easier than just closing their eyes. A candle has a rather hypnotic quality created by the flames and many people report better success using one to maintain focus, at least in the beginning.
- Set Aside Enough Undisturbed Time. If the kids are going to be waking up or the dog needs to go out, you’re not going to be able to meditate properly. Early morning is best because your mind is relatively clear and uncluttered by the stress of the day so if you can, try to meditate early.
- Notice Your Body Parts. A great method for some people is to focus on feeling every single body part including your heartbeat when you’re meditating. Focus on how they feel and picture the muscles contracting a relaxing.
- Stretch before you start. Stretching releases tension from your muscles and limbers you up. It begins the relaxation process, increases blood flow and helps get your brain prepared for meditation.
- Go external if you need to. There is no written meditation rule that says that you have to keep you mind focused on breathing or internal factors. If you can’t keep your mind from straying, then refocus on outside sounds. The key is to hear them but don’t associate with them. Hear them, then let them go and move to the next sound.
Learning to meditate can be tough, especially if you’re a left-brained thinker that needs to analyze every single thought that goes through your brain. Don’t despair though; if you’re one of those people who can’t turn off your thoughts, you’re one of the people who need to meditate the most! The peace and relaxation that you’ll experience will be like a weight off of your shoulders and you’ll notice almost immediate relief.
If you’d like to watch a quick video that offers some extremely helpful advice, check out best-selling author and leading expert Joan Borysenko’s video, How to Meditation for Beginners. It’s well worth the time!