It’s no secret that there are all kinds of benefits to meditation.
—It relieves stress and calms anxiety.
—It helps to enhance psychic ability.
—It helps to lower blood pressure.
—It boosts your immune system.
—It helps to balance out your emotions.
—It helps you to move past the limitations of your conscious mind so that you can work with your innermost thoughts and fears.
While it’s easy to see all of the ways that meditation can make your life easier, that doesn’t make it easier to reap those benefits. Have you ever tried to meditate and fell asleep? Maybe you tried to meditate but you became bored or frustrated just sitting there. Or perhaps you couldn’t find the time to just stop everything and say “Om.”
Meditation doesn’t have to be hard
The good news is meditation doesn’t have to be as hard as you may be making it. In fact, there are many ways to meditate, and some don’t even require you to stay still. Here are some ways to improve your chances of getting a meditation routine started that will stick.
1. Start very small. There’s no reason to start off trying to meditate for an hour or even 30 minutes. Try meditating for as little as five minutes. If that’s too difficult, try one or two minutes at a time. Once you realize that you can be still for a short period, you can slowly introduce a couple of more minutes into the mix.
2. Silence isn’t always better. While you may think you must quiet your mind and be still in order to meditate, that’s not the case. Guided meditations, in which someone prompts you to visualize certain things, can also effectively help you to quiet the conscious chatter in your mind. For example, you might be prompted to imagine yourself walking through a forest and encountering an angel or a bright light.
3. Add in some movement. The idea that you have to sit cross-legged in order to meditate is a myth. In fact, walking meditations, particularly those that take place in a labyrinth or in nature, can not only be relaxing, but they can provide the benefits of both meditation and exercise. For those who have a difficult time keeping still, walking meditations can be particularly enjoyable.
4. Try meditation music. One of the best ways to relax the mind and get past your barriers and inhibitions is to use the power of song. Meditation music can shift your mood instantly, making it easier for you to quiet your mind and still your conscious thoughts.
5. Alleviate the pressure. Sometimes meditation can be harder to do if you’re pressuring yourself to do it. Use reverse psychology and tell yourself that it’s ok if you fall asleep while meditating, and it’s ok if you can only do it for 30 seconds before you feel the strongest urge to get up. Once you allow yourself to evolve at your natural pace, you may find that you can get into a meditative place much easier than you thought.