For thousands of years, the art of meditation has been practiced by people from all walks of life. With its ancient beginnings, it’s a practice that is still very much present in this day and age.
With all the different kinds of stressors we encounter in our daily lives, meditation is one of those relaxation activities that we can do that can positively affect our physical, mental and spiritual health.
If you are leaning towards figuring out how meditation can have these positive impact in your life, sit back and relax. We are here to teach you how to properly meditate in 5 easy steps.
Meditating the easy way
Before starting, you have to make sure you are well prepared. For you to be able to maximize the many wonderful benefits of meditation, you should be able to make a firm commitment to practice it regularly.
As a start, you can try allotting about 10 minutes of your time daily. And according to a list that Psychology Today has created before, these are the ideal times to practice meditation:
- First thing in the morning
- When you’re stressed
- During your lunch hour
- End of your workday
Also, make sure that you have found or created a space where you can meditate without any interruptions.
Settling and starting
After you have made the commitment to meditate and have found you’re safe and sacred safe, it’s time to get settled and start meditation.
In the beginning, you might not have the proper form or posture. However, the longer you meditate, the more you will improve yourself.
And to officially start the meditation, make sure you find a comfortable seated position. You can either sit on a yoga mat or chair. It’s all up to you and how comfortable you are.
Also, don’t forget to wear clothes that would allow not restrict you or make you uncomfortable. Remember that you will be in your preferred meditation position for a certain period of time.
Observing your breathing
Now that you are fully prepared and settled, it’s time to start observing your breathing.
Let’s start by taking your focus away from your surrounding and gently closing your eyes. You can take several deep breaths, making sure you breathe in through your nose and breathe out of your mouth. In the last deep breath, try closing your eyes.
After the initial deep breaths, try to breathe as you normally do. When you first start to do this, you might find it hard to control your breathing. While we understand that you might be too conscious, try not to be and just focus on breathing normally.
Focusing on your breathing is an integral factor in meditation as it relaxes the mind and body, awakening and enlightening you in the process.
It teaches your mind to be calm and clear, paving the way for you to react to life’s many wins and challenges in a composed and stable way.
Letting your mind wander
While you are deeply focused on your breathing, you might find your mind wandering off. When you’re new to meditation, this is just normal and you shouldn’t put so much pressure on yourself.
You could be observing your breath one second and thinking about the amount of work you still have left at work the next.
During meditation, there might moments when your mind refuses to cooperate and starts to stray away. What you can do is gently bring it back to focus on your breathing.
Over time, as you practice meditation regularly, you will learn to not think of anything else other than focusing on your breathing, making it easier for you to stay calm and aware in the long run.
Finishing and taking the calmness with you
With your new sense of calm and awareness brought about by your meditation, it’s time to slowly prepare to finish.
Start by gently opening your eyes, letting them get used to the light and surroundings. Then stretch your body and allow it to recover from the seating position you were in during your meditation
Once you have brought yourself back to reality, take a moment to reflect on what you have done so far and how you can take the sense of clarity and attention you have gained from your meditation session into the rest of your day or life.
Start meditating ASAP
Now that you have learned our very simple steps on how to properly meditate, we hope that you will be able to start doing it for yourself soon.
Imagine just taking 10 minutes of your time per day to focus on your breathing and relaxing and reaping so many health benefits that can significantly improve your life.
And once you have started on your meditation journey, we wish you would be able to develop a regular habit that will allow you to take advantage of its many benefits.