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6 Tips to Make Meditation Easier

6 Tips to Make Meditation Easier Whole Self Yoga

The act of meditating is something that some people simply find more difficult than others! Sitting quietly and reflectively can seem like an impossible thing to do for an extended period of time, or even to make time for in the first place. This train of thought is especially common among people who have never tried meditation before.

Today I want to share six of my favourite ways to make meditation easier, and in doing so I hope to encourage more people to give it a go and enjoy the abundant benefits of doing so!

Embrace Your Environment

When you think of meditation, your mind likely conjures up images of sitting peacefully in a silent and ceremonial space. Although this certainly sounds like a beautiful setting for deep relaxation, it is by no means essential that you find a space like this to meditate in.

You can meditate in bed, on your commute, even at your desk at work. It can be really fun to get creative with this! Challenge yourself to find new and interesting places to meditate, such as in the park, on the bus, or in a cafe. You never know, someone else might see what you’re doing, looking so peaceful, and be inspired to take up their own meditation practice.

If you are totally new to meditation then you may not initially feel comfortable doing this in public. You might also find it quite difficult to drown out the noise of the outside world and get into the zone. However, these things will develop over time and you will soon adapt to each environment and embrace it with ease.

Be Flexible

There is no reason to stick to a strict schedule when you are trying to fit meditation into your daily routine.

Some days you may feel like first thing in the morning is the best time to meditate, whereas on other days you may have to prioritise other things, or you simply might not be feeling it when you wake up.

Lunchtime is an optimal time to meditate as it can reset your focus and give you a fresh burst of energy to get through the rest of the day. It is frequently suggested that meditating regularly can help to give your energy levels a boost – and this is something that most people would be grateful for as the afternoon appears!

Take What You Can Get

If you have a spare 20 or 30 minutes (or more!) a day in which you can meditate then that’s fantastic, but if not then that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the concept entirely.

If you can only find five minutes in the day then there’s still so much to be gained by dedicating these five minutes to your meditation practice.

If you have young children, or a particularly demanding career, then this might be the most helpful tip for you! There is no reason that meditating has to take up large amounts of time, and often the very simple act of deliberately taking a moment to yourself can be amazing for your stress levels and sense of balance in life.

Don’t Make Excuses

Meditation isn’t something that you should ever feel obligated to do, but rather something that you want to make time for because you understand the endless benefits.

If you find that you don’t want to make time for your practice on a particular day, then instead of justifying this with an excuse, try to actually explore the real reason that you don’t want to.

Sit with your feelings and give yourself permission to be entirely honest with yourself.

Once you are aware of the genuine reason that you don’t want to meditate on this day, then you can find a way to remedy the situation and move through your feelings.

Perhaps the time of day that you have chosen has left you feeling short on time for other things. A solution to this could be to take a look at your schedule and see if there would have been a better time. You can then adjust accordingly in the future. Another reason may be that your energy levels are low and you are feeling too tired to focus properly. A solution to this could be that you find the time for a healthy snack shortly before your meditation practice, or that you schedule it in an hour or so after a meal in the future to avoid this problem.

Accept The Gift

Meditation is a gift, and one that will bring joy, abundance, peace, and much more into your life. Instead of seeing meditation as something that you HAVE to do, try to shift your perspective to see it as something that you are privileged to be able to do.

Making the choice to meditate is making the choice to invest in your health, your happiness, and your well-being on the whole. If it feels like just another thing that you don’t have the time or the inclination to commit to, then take a break for a few days and then remind yourself of why you wanted to start in the first place.

Be Kind to Yourself

It is natural to expect that from time to time you are going to miss scheduled meditations for a variety of reasons, and that sometimes you are going to find it challenging to get through a practice. It is important to be kind to yourself in any instance where you are finding it difficult, and to remind yourself that falling behind in your practice doesn’t mean that you have to give up entirely.

On days when you are finding it particularly tough then it’s totally okay to take a break from your practice, and to use your scheduled time for a different act of self-care instead. Take yourself for a walk, or drink a herbal tea and journal about your day. You could also simply use this time to sit silently with your thoughts and to breathe mindfully.

How to Bring Meaning to Your Meditation Practice

Finding ways to focus your meditation is a great way to keep your practice fresh and to continue to get the most benefit from this time. When you sit down to meditate with a purpose, you are actually focusing your mind on the things you want to achieve as opposed to giving your mind the potential to wonder.

Only when your meditation has a purpose will you be able to find real power in what you are doing. As you continue to address this purpose in each session you will be able to deepen your experience and unlock thoughts and feelings that are connected to this purpose.

Meditating on forgiveness is a common purpose for this practice. When someone in your life has done something that negatively affects you this is often cause for unhappy emotions. Even if this person has sincerely apologised to you, there may be some residual feelings of resentment on your part. It is important to address these feelings instead of just pretending that your relationship with this person has completely returned to normal. In order to meditate on forgiveness you must sit in your usual position and then envision the person in front of you. As you take a deep breath in imagine what you want to say to them and as you breathe out say it to them with meaning. Repeat this sequence several times and then end your last breath out with a finalising forgiving statement such as, “I truly forgive you”.

Another worthwhile purpose for meditation is your own self-love and self-worth. This is a great time to use any affirmations that you adopt regularly and is also a good time to come up with new ones. Remember that the point of this type of meditation is to build your confidence in yourself. Choose short but meaningful affirmations, say them in your mind as you breathe in and then feel this thought flow through your entire body as you breathe out. You can either do this with the same affirmation over and over again, or have several in mind that you can go through in turn. It is important that you really try to feel connected to each affirmation as you use it and believe each one as you say it.

Focusing your meditation in these ways can help to bring a greater sense of peace and well-being into your life and allows you to make the most of your meditation time.

If you are already engaging in a regular meditation practice and can’t imagine your life without it now, then you might also be curious about how yoga can further enhance your well-being. Check out my post on Why it’s Worth Making Time for Yoga – Even When Your Life is Crazy Hectic to find out more!

 

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  1. Thank you for this post! When I first meditating I thought it was about finding a quiet place and it takes time and silence, but I soon learned that I could do it on my commute. I have an hour commute to and from work, so I use that time to reflect, learn and meditate. I would like to learn more time efficient ways. I read lots of forums but advice always varies and is at times a little sketchy. Anyways, I would like to know what you think about this post My Route to Mindfulness and its recommendation. I am hesitant to actually try the method it talks about and would like to know your take.

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