We all live busy lives, and this can cause us to start feeling a bit low and lacking energy. This is why it is important to take some time out every day to clear your mind, and these tips will guide you through how to successfully meditate.
When you meditate you will notice your mind clearing and this will allow you to "reset" your thought process, giving you a clearer vision of where you are and leaving you feeling far more relaxed, and help to clear you mind of negative thoughts.
1. Find A Calm Space
Find a place that is calm, free of distractions and too much noise. You may prefer to listen to a meditation MP3, or just soothing sounds of the ocean, but you can also enjoy peace in your back garden or in a park.
If you are meditating indoors then it helps to have fresh air coming in, so open the windows before you start.
2. Find The Right Time
Choose a time when your mind is at rest, and not too cluttered. This will ensure that you haven't got anything in your mind distracting you.
When you wake up in the morning is ideal, before you look at your phone, computer, or laptop.
3. Create a Routine
You must try to meditate every day, so getting a routine in place is important. This will ensure that you are giving your mind a chance to rest and reflect every day, and if you do this then you will start feeling the benefits almost immediately.
4. Get Comfortable
There's no point being in a calm environment but being uncomfortable, so make sure that you are sitting up straight, with your head slightly tilted down, and your hands resting on your lap. If crossing your legs feels uncomfortable then find a position that suits you... Take 5 deep breaths, and work from your head to your toes slowly letting each muscle relax before you start.
5. Breathing Techniques
Make sure that your breathing is calm and relaxed. Many people find using the 4-7-8 technique works well.
Empty the lungs of air
Breathe in gently through the nose for 4 seconds
Hold the breath for 7 seconds
Exhale for 8 seconds with your lips slightly open, almost like blowing out a candle
6. Don't Allow Your Thoughts To Take Over
You may find that you will have many thoughts rushing through your mind, but don't allow them to distract you. Detach yourself from these thoughts, and allow yourself to focus on the environment and peace around you.
7. Focus Your Mind
Focusing on one thing will help your muscles relax and keep a calm mind.
Concentrate on one specific image in your mind, maybe that could be the soft gentle sound of ripples of water over a river, or the sound of raindrops on a lake. Keep your eyes closed and maintain that focus.
8. Keep It Short
Don't jump head first into doing 30 minute meditations sessions, otherwise there is a strong chance that you will not want to carry on. Instead, try and start by meditating for a couple of minutes, and then if you still feel comfortable increase this to 10 minutes.
9. Keep It Simple
"Am I doing this right?".... This may be one of the questions that comes into your mind. Don't let these thoughts take over, just focus on your breathing and let your body and mind take itself into a deep state of relaxation.
10. Reflect When You Finish
When you have finished, take a moment to reflect on how your body and mind are feeling. Embrace this relaxation, and the feelings or clearness in your mind. This will make you feel more determined to carry on on a daily basis.
Using these tips, you will be able to create a routine that works for you. Do try to meditate in the same place at the same time every day. Most people find that first thing in the morning before they go to work is the best time, or even just before you go to bed, but make sure that you don't check your Emails, Instagram or Facebook afterwards! :)
Most important of all... Enjoy it!! My affirmation meditation creams can help you relax and focus on the things that you are looking to improve whilst you are meditating.
Love and Light,