Over the years, meditation has become a popular practice. By definition, meditation means practising a simple raising of one’s consciousness and awareness. Despite its simple definition, most people often find meditation to be overly complicated which can quickly cause a disheartened feeling. Fortunately, meditation is easier than you might think!
According to the Chopra Center, yogis and doctors both agree that meditating for even just a few minutes relaxes the brain, reduces anxiety and decreases depression. While meditation can not guarantee specific results, there are multiple ways to start and discover how much it can impact our lives on a daily basis with these simple suggestions:
Start Small and Practice Daily
Be sure to not overwhelm yourself. Begin your practice with one-minute intervals then work your way up to two minutes, three minutes, and so forth. Those who dedicate an average of 20 minutes each day undergo the most effective meditation experience — bonus points if you remember to practice twice a day!
Find a Peaceful Location
Meditation should be practised in places of tranquillity which will enable you to focus exclusively on the meditation. Turn off electronic devices and noisy appliances. Try to find a place where you will not be interrupted nor distracted during your meditation.
Clear Your Mind
To meditate, you must focus on one concept to the maximum. If you are a beginner, it might help to focus on one concept, like a mantra or visual object. Those who are more advanced may try to clear their minds completely.
Take a Guided Meditation Course
For those who would like a bit more guidance with meditating at home, it maybe a good idea to take a guided meditation class with an experienced teacher. Search YouTube for meditation aids or purchase a meditation course online or on your phone. One of the most popular courses is Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience which has over 4 million active participants from all over the globe.
Share the Journey
Once you start to experience the benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice, pass it on! The world could benefit from less judgment and more compassion.
This piece on meditation was written Alex C. Bryant