Written by Tyler Greenberg of Meditate Life, meditatelife.org
As many of us know, meditation is a fantastic tool to help us in our lives. Unfortunately, it can be a daunting task. Beginners have a hard time starting meditating, but with these 10 tips, everyone can enjoy the benefits of meditation.
- Make a schedule
When beginning meditation, it can be hard to find time to meditate. Luckily, meditation can happen almost anytime. For some examples on how to find extra time to meditate, I wrote about it on my blog. Here is an article about it:
When you figure out when you are able to meditate, make a schedule. You don’t need to meditate at the same time every day, but it can help your mind to “get in the zone.” We thrive off of routine, and if we can create one that is supportive of our meditation, it becomes easier.
- Find a place to meditate
It is hard for a lot of people to meditate without getting distracted. While it may be impossible to get rid of every distraction, but if we can find a good place to meditate, it makes it a little easier to focus. My favorite place to meditate is a dim, quiet room that isn’t too cold or too hot. I am lucky that I was able to find a place so specific, but each person can find a place of their own. Find out what works for you and experiment, then you can find the perfect spot.
- Don’t make expectations
We wouldn’t meditate if we weren’t trying to accomplish something, but we need to try to start meditating without expectations of an outcome. If we meditate while expecting an outcome, one of three things can happen. Ideally, we will have our expected outcome and be happy with it. That would be fantastic, but sometimes we don’t quite finish in a way that we want. The second thing that can happen is that our expectations get in the way of any other outcome. By expecting one thing, we don’t see any other benefits of meditation. Occasionally, I will have to finish meditating for the day because I am too distracted. That is when the third thing happens. When we do not get the outcome we expect, we become angry and have a negative outlook at meditating. By remaining objective, we open ourselves up to any outcome and don’t make expectations that can make us angry.
- Be patient
Meditation is a challenge. It is facing our inner-selves to be happy. While we work for it, we may be tempted to give up. It is important to be patient. We need to not get angry when we do not fulfill our expectations (that we should try not to make). Benefiting to the full extent of meditation takes time, and we need to be patient in the meantime. The longer we meditate, the more we benefit from it. Because it takes time, we may get frustrated. If we can be patient and avoid this frustration, we can get the most out of meditation.
- Be open
Meditation can have many benefits, some of which can be unexpected. If we are open to any of the benefits of meditation, we can see many. Many people are sceptical and close themselves off to some of the benefits. It can be hard, but if we open ourselves up to receiving the benefits of meditation, we will receive them to the fullest extent.
- Push your barriers
While practicing meditation, we come across a time when we want to stop. We think that there is nothing else that we can benefit from, and that we hit a wall. This is just our comfort point. It is the place we are familiar with and if we want to get past it, we need to push through. That is when the true benefits of meditation occur. This is when we confront ourselves and push past our barriers. This is when get past our troubles to become more content.
- Meditate even when it is hard
Sometimes we find that we are just not in the mood to meditate. Maybe we had a bad day or are too tired. These are the times when we absolutely need to meditate. If we had a bad day, meditation can help us to understand why it was hard and how we can make our days better. If we are tired, meditation can help us to relax and sleep better. The other downside of not meditating when it is hard is that we would miss out on our routine. It gets harder and harder to maintain the routine the more that we miss it.
- Educate yourself
It is important to understand meditation when we begin. We should understand the practices and history in order to see how it can help people. If we can understand the science behind meditation, we can understand the ways it can benefit us. We can educate ourselves on different ways to meditate, and how each one can provide different benefits. By learning all of this, we can fully prepare ourselves for both the challenges and the benefits that meditating brings.
- Find support
Most people believe that meditation should be a completely secluded practice. They think that just because we are spending time in our minds, we can’t have support by other people. However, support is a very important part success in meditation. When we come across challenges, we can find the support that we need to push past it. There are many people who can help us with our troubles and would love to do whatever they can. We can also help others, no matter how little experience we may have. It can help just to know that there is someone else out there that might be having the same problems we are facing, or that there is someone willing to help us.
- Enjoy it
This one might seem obvious, but it is something that I, and many others, forget. Meditation is here to help us, even when it is difficult. We have to remember to enjoy the process, not resent its challenges. When we can enjoy meditation, the process itself becomes therapeutic. Not only do we benefit from the outcome, but we also benefit from the entire process. When we enjoy meditation, it becomes a process that we keep throughout our entire lives.
Meditation can be a difficult task to begin, but these tips can help you on your journey. Along with Ease Meditation, Meditate Life can help you with meditation. We at Meditate Life are committed to helping people meditate in the modern world. You can visit us at meditatelife.org. We hope you continue to meditate throughout your life and wish you the best in your journey.