Meditation is one of the best ways to relax and unwind – to learn to truly be with yourself, as you are, in the moment, and be okay with whatever is going on. That is peace. That is happiness. It can be a challenge for those new to meditation to stay focused, but the key is to start slowly and work up until you can comfortably meditate for a longer period of time, without the risk of distraction. Here are our top 5 tips for those looking to get into the art of meditation.
#1. Start slow
It’s not the best idea to sit down and try to meditate for an hour; before you know it, your mind will wander and you’ll be thinking about what to cook for dinner rather than focusing on yourself. Start small – ten or twenty minutes. You’ll be surprised how hard it is to remain focused for even this short period of time! But it will come, slowly, if you keep chipping away. Get comfortable, focus on your breathing, and every time a though floats into your head, gently pull your attention back towards your body and your breathing.
#2. Dress comfortably
Meditation in heels and a pencil skirt isn’t impossible, and if you’re squeezing in a quick session at work then it’s probably your only option. But the ideal, relaxing meditation session should be completed wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Pyjama or lounge pants are ideal and a loose fitting vest or jumper. Make sure you’re warm and relaxed.
#3. Minimise distraction
If you live with other people, let them know you’re going to meditate. Find a tidy, quiet room and lock the door, if you can. Some people find that soothing background music at a low volume helps to block out distractions such as children or pets. Switch your mobile phone off, unplug the house phone, make sure that the Wifi is turned off (seriously, turn off your Wifi… you don’t need to understand why just trust me!) and just let go.
#4. Set a routine
Meditating at the same time every day can be a great experience – the mornings are a great time, but evenings work equally well and this is a good way to unwind from a stressful day. Take some time out for yourself and enjoy your meditation, whether it’s at the crack of dawn or before bedtime.
#5. Get some company
It can be disheartening to find you’re unable to focus during meditation. Attending a class with other beginners, or heading off to a yoga and meditation retreat is a great way to connect with others who can help you with your meditative practice.
Follow these five tips and in no time at all you will be a meditation guru!