Meditation tips are ironic sometimes given meditation is so personal and unique. You don’t have to be a Hindu monk or guru, nor a yogi or a bohemian personality to learn and appreciate the marvelous habit of meditation. Meditation tips can come in handy sometimes. It is not about fighting away thoughts, struggling to sit in the perfect yogi pose for a long time nor forcing yourself to get into a stable breathing pattern. The words “struggle” and “try” don’t exist in meditation. In a way, to meditate is something that is natural to your body, it is our ego that “fights” it. In truth, we are meant to relax into the subtle conscience that meditation takes us to. What is unnatural is when we try to rush through it and when the mind tricks you with thoughts that defeat your dedication to the practice such as “this is useless” or “I don’t feel anything”. These ideas are the ego getting in the way of you reaching a clarifying state of awareness, mindfulness and relaxation.
“But what AM I supposed to feel?” you might ask yourself. In reality, nothing in particular but a sense of stillness. Meditation is a practice meant to quiet the brain, or to notice it rather than direct it. Thoughts come and go, so the idea is to just watch them come and leave, not follow them anywhere. By doing so, we eventually reach a state of stillness, awareness, mindfulness, and this in turn allows us to sink deeper layer by layer into the purest and most unbreakable part of ourselves. In this place of stillness is where we find the clarity and balance we seek. It might take days, weeks or months of practice but it’s worth a try.
MEDITATION DO’S AND DONT’S
- Focus on a mantra, your heartbeat, your breath or your third eye as an anchor that allows you to stay in the moment.
- Set an intention before meditating. For example, to gain clarity on a certain matter, to rid yourself of certain negative thought-habits, etc.
- Practice in an upright position. Otherwise you risk falling into a deep sleep.
- Make your practice about patience, surrendering and discovery. That moment when you quit meditating because you “feel nothing” is the moment when you should continue meditating the most.
- Force the mantra, its pronunciation or it staying with you all the time. The mantra can come and go as well.
- Anticipate or expect to gain any concrete results from your practice right away. Anticipation is of the Ego, and surrendering is of Spirit.
- Don’t believe that meditating is all about sitting up straight like Buddha. If you have back pain or can’t stay long in Lotus Position (cross-legged sitting asana), then lean against something, never force a sitting pose.