One of the first things we are told when we start our spiritual journey is that we should “meditate”. We are told to close our eyes, think of nothing and stay in this state for as long as we can….easy right? No!, It is one of the hardest tasks I have ever done and depending on the mood and my state it can be easier or harder for me.
It is important to know that it is alright if you can’t keep your mind clear of thought. It takes practice and accepting what “is” in the moment. Actually, if you have thoughts lingering while you meditate, see them as an observer with no attachment and once you are ready allow them to move on.
A great way to start your meditation adventure is to get some guided ones so that you can follow them easily.These type of meditations remove the worry of “what should I do next” by providing step by step guidance till the end. Another way to practice and achieve great results is by joining a meditation group. Meditating with others is great because the energy is intensified by the amount of people present.
Here are some tips that can help you meditate:
- REMEMBER, there is no right or wrong way to meditate
- Let go of any self-judgement by accepting yourself exactly as you are
- Get a guided meditation or put on some relaxing music
- Sit or lay down in a comfortable spot with your eyes closed
- Allow yourself to drift off and if any thoughts about “what am I cooking tonight” arise just observe the thought and let it continue on its way
- If you fall asleep, it is alright. Perhaps, that is exactly what you needed in that moment
- Find a group or a meditation buddy that you could do it with
- Set yourself a goal to meditate every day for 21 days and you will find yourself creating the habit of meditating without realizing it
My main reason to meditate is for my own sanity. To me, meditating is like taking a mental/emotional vacation in the comfort of my coach/bed and giving my brain a well deserved break. Now a days, we barely allow our brains to rest causing it to saturate.
I found a video on Youtube that I think can illustrate in a very funny way the challenges/resolutions we face every time we try to meditate