Meditation is a good way to relax and relieve ourselves from stress. In a way, meditation is a tool that helps us in combating not only stress but also chronic pain, helps us sleep better and be in connection with ourselves. In a deeper level, people say that meditation is a doorway into the unknown but to many experts, it is a way to help our physical body and mind cope. It is also a good way to find clarity and peace. So if you want to know how to meditate on your own, here are some helpful tips to remember. Check it out!
Choose a good time to meditate
According to experts, meditation is basically about relaxing. It should be done according to your own time. Choosing the best time to meditate will depend on you and as you do, make sure that it is a time when there is less disturbance. Some people choose to meditate early in the morning or late in the afternoon but as mentioned, the time you choose is up to you.
The best place to meditate
After choosing your time, choose a location where you can do your meditation. A peaceful place is ideally the best setting for meditation however if you cannot find one then meditation at home will do.
Posture is important
Your posture plays an important role during mediation. Make sure that your body is relaxed, steady and comfortable. Sit with your spine erect with neck and shoulders relaxed. Eyes should also be closed during the process. Some people sit in a lotus position or what they call as the Padmasana in order to meditate but you don’t always have to do that if you are uncomfortable with the position.
Meditate on an empty stomach
It is believed that a good time to meditate is when you have an empty stomach or before eating. This is because meditating with a full stomach will only put you to sleep. Also, never meditate when you are very hungry. You might not be able to concentrate when your stomach keeps growling and you’re thinking about food. This will only mess up your concentration.
Warming up and breathe
To start your meditation, make sure that you have done a few simple warm up. This will help improve your circulation and can help you in sitting for a long time. Make sure to breathe properly during meditation too. A steady breathing pattern will also help you concentrate during meditation. Counting breaths will also help. Stay focused too; if your thoughts stray away, make sure to come back to counting to “one”. Count until you feel relaxed; a counting pattern (ex: one, two three, one two, three) will also ease your mind from things.
Length of meditation
If this is your first time to meditate, don’t worry about the length of time. Start your meditation for about 10 minutes. You can then extend to 20 minutes or more depending on how long you can tolerate sitting for a period of time. Don’t force yourself to sit for long periods. It will only make you feel uncomfortable. Keep in mind that the purpose of meditation is to relax and free yourself from stress and not to tense up even more.
Of course, don’t forget to enjoy the experience. Smile; be kind to yourself they say and give it time to relax. Once you are able to establish this habit, it will be easy for you to do more things in the long run. So have fun as you do and good luck!