“Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.”
How to Meditate Properly
When people who have never meditated before think about meditation they think of a bald monk sitting Indian style, eyes closed for hours on end. As a result most people don’t ever even consider meditating because it seems like a waste of time. The problem is they don’t understand the end goal of meditation. What most people don’t realize is its not what he’s physically doing that matters what matters is what’s going on inside his head. So what’s going on inside his head? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just pure peace and void. This is how to meditate properly. This is what it means to be ‘present’ – to live in the moment. When you meditate your goal should be to shut down that inner voice in your head that goes off all day long. This is the voice of your ego and it is what causes you stress all day long. So while meditating make sure your spine is straight, your head is up and you are comfortable in a seated position – otherwise your mind will stray. Be conscious of that voice in your head and when it goes off, silence it and focus back on the present moment. Here are a few tips on how to meditate properly.
Tip #1 Find A Quiet Place
This is key. When I first started doing this for the first two months I got nowhere because I did it in my living room where my computer is. When I was doing it I could hear my computer fan constantly going and my heater constantly going. I was never able to concentrate on myself with all the outside buzz in the background. You may need to leave your house and do it in a more quiet place. When I decided to start meditating in my car, I noticed a difference immediately. I meditated for only 15 minutes then which felt like an eternity in my house. When I moved to my car those 15 minutes just flew by. That’s how you know your doing it right. When you are truly present in the moment, you should have no perception of time. You should feel like you can sit there forever.
Tip #2 Start Small
When starting anything you need to start small. Don’t start with climbing a mountain, climb a hill first. You need to get over the initial hump of “I don’t feel like doing this”. Once you reap the benefits it will be easier to talk yourself into doing it. This goes for everything else as well, whether it be working out, eating clean or running a marathon. I recommend starting with just 5 minutes a day. You can definitely gain the benefits of meditation by only doing it 5 minutes a day and it will be significantly easier to spend only 5 minutes of your day meditating. Then when you want, you can increment it by 5 minutes until your around 30 minutes a day. In no time you will be promoted to a fully fledged Monk!
Tip #3 Focus
It can be hard at first to focus on the ‘present moment’ since the present moment isn’t a tangible thing. How do you focus on something that doesn’t really exist in the material world? You do it by focusing on something. Generally, you can focus on your breath whether it be imagining your lungs slowly expanding and contracting or imagining the air coming in and out of your nostrils. If your not as imaginative you can simply count your breaths. If you reach ten, lose count or you lose focus then simply return back to one. Just remember to always return back to whatever you were focusing on, it will keep you in the present moment.
Tip #4 Forgive Yourself
It will be inevitable that your mind will wander as you do this – especially in the beginning. Your inner voice is a difficult thing to silence. What you shouldn’t do is wonder why you keep losing focus, freak out and blame yourself on allowing your ego to take over. This will just put you further into your head. As you learn how to meditate properly you will get better. Simply acknowledge that you lost the present moment, forgive yourself and go back to your breath. Don’t worry this is how you learn!
So there you have it those are my four favorite tips on how to meditate properly. Check out my next article on the benefits of meditation!
Have a great day!
Do you meditate? Feel free to list your own tips for meditation in the comments below!
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