Here are 5 Tips that will make meditation less intimidating. Try these when you are having a stressful day and need to take a moment to recharge your mind and body.
Here are top five tips for getting started with meditation:
No matter how busy we are, we can all find 10 minutes in the day to unwind the body and mind. We just need to prioritize it. Think ‘same time, same place’ as much as possible, as this will help to turn it into a healthy habit. Of course, you’ll need to be more flexible on some days. And with the app in hand, you can do it anywhere, sitting comfortably on a chair. Schedule it in your diary if necessary — you won’t regret it.
Meditation isn’t really about clearing your mind, so the pressure’s off. It’s more about learning how to be comfortable with the mind, no matter how distracted it is. Funnily enough, as we get more comfortable with meditation, the mind tends to clear quite naturally anyway. As much as possible though, when you begin to meditate, do it with an open mind, free from expectation — simply stay curious about the process itself. The more you can do this, the more helpful it is.
Believe it or not, meditation is a treat for both the body and mind — 10 whole minutes of complete rest. No emails, no social media, no disturbances. This is a rare thing, a beautiful thing. It’s tempting to feel a little lost at first without any distractions, but the app will guide you through exactly what you need to do and before long, this will be your favorite, most enjoyable and most relaxing part of the day.
Like learning any new skill, meditation requires regular practice to really experience the benefits. So don’t be at all surprised if you find the mind is still very busy after just a few days of meditating. This is perfectly normal and simply means you’re human. Give it time, be kind to your mind and make sure you give it at least 10 days or so before drawing any conclusions.
It’s a funny thing, even though we know something is good for us and even though we know we will feel better afterwards, the mind can still sometimes play games with us. Thoughts like “I don’t have time to meditate”; “I’m too stressed to meditate”; and “I won’t be any good at it” are all very common. Allow them to arise, see them clearly, smile at them for what they are — just thoughts — and then meditate anyway.