“Meditations can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger, and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity for healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Modern living is hectic. Regardless of your background or stage of life, today’s world defined by overstimulation and a constant demand to perform. While it may seem like a paradox, the only way to keep up with the constant hustle and bustle is to, from time to time, learn to step out of the madness.
Mediation is all about letting go of external stimuli, and looking inward rather than outward for guidance. While life is all about small goals and achievements, mediation is the reverse in the sense that it is about achieving balance and peace in the moment, not reflecting on the past or running towards the future.
It is precisely because it is against our instinctive behavior that it is so difficult to do, but the following guide can help you successfully meditate and, hopefully, allow you to incorporate a few minutes of solitude into your life every day!
Prioritize Mediation in Your Schedule
While most people can agree that they can’t spare a few minutes to meditate, the fact of the matter is that if you find it important, you can also find time for it. The calm that meditation brings is proven to improve productivity and focus, and once you view it as a time saver rather than waster, you’ll find space for it in your schedule.
If you feel like you’re not willing to give up any of your daily activities then try cutting just a few minutes from your leisure activities. Whether you enjoy playing slots on your iPad from your couch in the evenings, or like to open your favorite book with a glass of wine, try and cut just a few minutes from your fun activities to make space for meditation.
Health and happiness go hand in hand, and once you set as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day, plan it into your schedule and reserve that time for yourself to let go and relax. Mornings are an ideal time for some, whereas evenings or afternoons suit late day starters better.
Designate a Space for Meditation
Once you’ve committed to a certain amount of time to mediate be sure to choose a spot that you perceive as tranquil. This could be outside or inside, depending on where you feel most comfortable. For obvious reasons avoid areas where you are usually active or where there are too many noises or distractions.
While meditation is about letting go of your surroundings, choosing the right area to let go of will make the process a lot easier. Especially for people new to meditating, it is often tempting to open your eyes if you’re in a place where you are usually doing something else. Being comfortable physically is also important, as it makes the process of introspection and letting go of the physical easier.
It May Sound Strange, But Don’t Think of a Goal
In life, we always do things with a purpose or objective, even when that goal is to let go and have fun. When meditating try to avoid this pattern of thinking and don’t stress about letting go. There is no failed meditation session, and each time you try it the easier it will be to find serenity in that short space of time.
Of course, you will be meditating with the goal of relieving stress and improving your well-being, but try not to focus too much on the end-result as you’ll risk the effectiveness of the present activity. Allow your subconscious to work through your thoughts, and the less your consciousness interferes the better.