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.
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.
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!