Many of us know the benefits of meditation but really can’t get in into it. We practice mindfulness and awareness in yoga class all the time, but when it comes to finding a personal yoga practice of our own, we tend to get stuck. There are so many new studies and pieces of information coming out to support the gains of a regular meditation practice. So why is it so hard to get into it?
We complied a list of tips to start meditating that we hope will help to inspire a regular home practice of mindfulness.
Create space – clear out a corner, clean up an area and plop a pillow down. Decorate with flowers, plants, candles, crystals, anything that makes you happy and excited to meditate. Having an oasis away from the noise and distractions of the rest of your home will make meditating so much easier to get into a space to relax.
Set a timer – many of us worry about the unanswered e-mails, unattended children, or the dinner that is not going to cook itself. Pick a time where you can escape from everything and set a timer so that you don’t worry about escaping for too long. If you can use a smart phone to set the timer, be sure choose some relaxing wake-up music like sitar or nature sounds so that you aren’t rudely awaken by an abrupt alarm clock.
Pick you time – Are you a morning person? Well then integrate your meditation practice into your morning routine between brushing teeth and cooking breakfast to prepare yourself for a positive day. More of a night owl? Sit quietly before bed to let go of the day and unwind. It’s best to get into a routine when you start a meditation practice. But if this is too difficult, allow yourself to take short meditation breaks throughout the day. If one day you “don’t have time,” don’t stress yourself out, our beat yourself up, just fit in a short session wherever you can manage.
Experiment with different types – There are so many different forms of meditation. You can try candle gazing, focusing on the breath, using a mantra, visualizing a place, colour therapy, crystals, diffusing essential oils, anything where you are training your mind to focus on something. You can use YouTube videos, research the internet and books, or download apps to get ideas and to practice guided mediations.
Start small – Don’t assume that you need to meditate for an hour each day. Start with a simple 2 minute mindfullness for a week and build from there. Add on a minute each day, week, or even month. Whatever you are comfortable with. And know that your practice will be fluid and ever-changing. Be open to what comes up and work with what’s going on for you that day.
What are your tips to keeping up on mindfulness and meditation? Share in the comments section below.