Meditation isn’t always easy or even peaceful. But it has truly amazing benefits. You can start today and continue for the rest of your life. Since meditation is my most favourite habit of all time, I decided to share my top 7 tips on how to do it properly, so you don’t waste your time. Let’s go ahead and jump into it.
If you are in the beginning of your meditation journey, I recommend you start meditating for just 5 minutes. This will seem ridiculously easy and that’s perfect. Start with just five minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another five minutes and do that for a week. Which leads us to the next tip.
Do it daily
Many of us procrastinate and find excuses not to practice. When you feel a need to do a lot of other things before meditating, it’s really just a delay tactic, finding an excuse not to do it. Building a good meditation habit requires effort and consistency.
It’s like going to the gym—at first it may seem forced and artificial, but in time it becomes a natural and pleasant part of your day. Don’t just say “Sure, I’ll try this for a couple days”. Really commit yourself to this for at least a month.
First thing every day
It’s easy to say “I’ll meditate every day”, but then forget to do it. Instead, set a reminder for every morning when you get up, and put a note that says “meditate” somewhere where you’ll see it. Why?
Here’s the thing. When you wake up you feel refreshed. You don’t think about too many things. If you meditate for a while right after you wake up, it’s likely you’ll succeed in meditating on a regular basis. And what’s even more important, the positive benefits from that morning meditation will stay with you throughout the day.
Straighten your back
I hear people complain they have troubles falling asleep while meditating. Although this isn’t some kind of magical solution to this particular problem, it can help a lot.
Before you start meditating, do the breathing meditation for approx 2 minutes. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing – the air moving through your nose or mouth, the rising and falling of your belly, or your chest. This will make your meditation more intense and it’ll improve your concentration.
You are not doing it wrong
You will worry you’re doing it wrong. That’s OK, we all do. Remember, you’re not doing it wrong. This is maybe the most awesome thing about meditation. You can do it no matter where you are or what time it is. If you’re traveling or something comes up in the morning, you can do meditation in your office. In the park. During your commute. As you walk somewhere.
So don’t get caught up in the “how”. Most people worry about where to sit, how to sit, what cushion to use and so on. Start just by sitting on a chair, or on your couch. Or on your bed. It doesn’t matter. If you’re comfortable on the ground, sit cross-legged. It’s just for five minutes anyway, so just sit. Later you can worry about optimizing it so you’ll be comfortable for longer, but in the beginning it doesn’t matter much, just sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
Find a community
The last advice: find a community of people who are meditating and join them. You can easily find an online group and check in with them and ask questions, get support, encourage others. Moreover, if you seek advice, you can write me on the Instagram, I answer every question there.
See you next Monday! 🙏