Meditation is not hard. Even as little as 5 minutes of meditation everyday can have huge benefits for you. You will feel happier, you will be more at peace and you will have better health. These things translate to more productivity at work and better relationships with the people around you. Here are 7 easy steps to get you started on meditation.
1. Start small
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when you hear how others meditate for hours. But you do not have to start there. Just start small, five minutes is enough. As you grow and learn, you will find yourself meditating for longer without even forcing yourself to. With time, meditating for 20 or 30 minutes will come automatically.
2. Find your perfect environment
Find the right place for you to meditate. Try different places and choose the one that feels best. It could be a room in your home, a quiet path in the park or your home garden. Once you find a place, stick with it. This helps you get into the meditating mood immediately when you enter that sacred space.
3. Find the right technique
There are numerous meditation techniques you can use. For beginners, simple techniques such as breathing meditation, walking meditation and visualization are recommended. You can try more advanced techniques as you grow and gain more experience.
The most important thing is to find the right technique for you. Some people prefer chanting while others meditate best with visualization. There is no right or wrong way to meditate; there is just the way that benefits you most.
4. Have a regular schedule
Do not meditate just when you feel like it. Setting aside a specific time and place for daily meditation ensures that you do it every day without fail. If you decide to do it in the morning for 10 minutes, keep it that way. Find a time when you are likely to experiences any unexpected intrusions.
5. Choose a comfortable posture
It is extremely important that you be comfortable during meditation. This is the only way you will be able to relax. Before you begin, find a posture that you are most comfortable with.
6. Do not do it on a full belly
This is not a strict requirement, just a polite recommendation. Meditating when you are full, especially in the evening makes it easy to doze off. Do it on a light stomach, but not when you are really hungry because that will prevent complete focus and relaxation.
7. Track the changes
Write down the gradual changes you are experiencing in your life as you meditate every day. A meditation diary will motivate you to keep going.