Like most of you reading this, I too am new to meditation. I have been meditating now for 1 year (off and on) and still consider myself new to the practice. I find it continuously hard to take time out of my day to meditate which is why I started the New Year, New Mind Meditation Challenge. I want to make meditating a part of my daily routine in order to better my mind. Meditating isn’t easy for anyone as it’s difficult to clear the mind, so I thought I would share some tips as to how I get into the meditation mindset. We are on day 11 which means you should be meditating for a total of 5 and a half minutes today!
1. Ensure that you will not be interrupted.
For me, this means giving my family members a heads-up that I’m meditating so that they don’t come barging in or posting a note on my bedroom/ office door. I also turn my phone on silent.
2. Play some calming music.
A lot of people will state that you should have complete silence around you, however, I find this makes meditating more difficult for me. I always put on some meditation music that I find on YouTube or through the Omvana app and it instantly puts me in a meditative place.
3. Turn down the lights.
You don’t have to turn the lights off all the way, but definitely do not keep them on and bright. Natural light is a different story as natural light is good for your soul, but harsh, unnatural light is a definitive no-no. Dim the lights, or even better, turn out the lights and light a few candles to create a nice ambiance.
4. Create a meditation space.
Whether that means setting aside a corner of your room to meditate or just simply making your bed so that you can sit on it, make a space just for your meditation. I invested in a meditation pillow that allows me to sit more comfortably, and more upright while I’m meditating. It’s amazing – I highly recommend.
5. Pick a pose.
It doesn’t matter whether you sit up or lay down, meditating is really all about the mind. If I meditate in the morning, I tend to sit up as laying down makes me sleepy instantly, but if I meditate at night, I will lay down in bed and go right to sleep after.
I hope these tips are helpful, but honestly, meditation comes in all shapes and sizes so as long as you are comfortable and have an open-mind, you’ll be set!
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