Before you begin to meditate, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
When you meditate, it is important to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You don't want to be distracted by what you are wearing or to cut off circulation to a part of your body.
Sit in a position that is comfortable enough to maintain for an extended period of time. If you sit on the floor, try putting a cushion under the back of your tush to give you a little forward tilt at the base of your spine. If you sit in a chair, try having your legs uncrossed with your feet flat on the floor in front of you.
As you meditate, try to hold yourself in a place of no judgments - there is no ONE right way to meditate. It is especially important that you don't judge yourself harshly. Notice your reactions. Notice how you are doing things. Notice where you might like to make changes as your practice evolves. Intend to meditate and go with the flow. Intend to meditate in a certain way, and go with the flow.
If you feel you are flowing right out of the meditative state, then gently return your focus. You can think to yourself “I want to meditate" or “I intend to meditate" to help re-turn your mind in that direction.
It is really all about intention, the intention to meditate, the intention to find stillness or peace or a shrugging off of life's stresses or whatever you are seeking in your practice. Having the intention is more than half of what you need to get you there.
And, you can reassure yourself that you are on the right track by thinking: “I am here; all is well. " This is always true.
It is also important to know that you are in charge of your own meditation. If it veers off in a direction that you do not wish to explore, then bring yourself back to your breathing, consciously substitute a different thought, return to a mantra or a flower, whatever feels right and works for you.
Be gentle; do not push. There is no “right" way or “wrong" way to meditate. (I cannot emphasize this point enough. ) So, be easy on yourself. If you don't think you are doing it just like the instructions say, then modify it to feel better for you. After all, you are in charge of your own meditation. Anything anyone else can say or write is mere suggestion - including me. Listen to your own inner guidance, follow your own bliss to find exactly the right approach to meditating for YOU.
Breathing is another way to return one's focus to the moment and to meditation. There are hundreds of different types of breathing and breathing exercises. For beginners, I recommend the very basic belly breathing. It is the kind of breathing you'll see a baby doing. As you inhale, allow the flow of air to expand down into your belly. As you exhale, allow the belly to return.
Sometimes people drift off to sleep while they are meditating, especially when they are first starting out. There is a fine line between meditating and sleeping which will be easier to find as you spend more time on the waking side of that line as you meditate more. Sometimes you fall asleep because you NEED to sleep. You'll learn to know the difference.
It is good to think, too, about your goals for meditation and to return to this idea from time to time to see how you are doing and if your goals have changed. Are you striving to alleviate a little stress? Do you wish to learn more about your inner self? Have you heard somewhere that it might benefit your health to meditate? Do you just want to clear your mind for a moment or two? All these reasons are valid. There are no right and wrong reasons to meditate.
Relax and enjoy your meditation. Give yourself thanks for giving yourself this gift that will greatly enhance your health and well-being.
Katherine C. H. E. is a Flower Energy Consultant and Flower Meditation Coach. She helps empower her clients to take charge of their own well-being to empower themselves - with flowers - to live the BEST LIFE POSSIBLE.
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