If you take the time to prepare for your meditation, you will have a better meditation experience. You might be thinking to yourself, “I barely have enough time to meditate. Now I need to set aside additional time before I can meditate!” The truth is that it doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes. Below are a few things that you can do to prepare for your meditation.
1. Exercise. When we exercise, we release a lot of toxins that is stored in our body. You will notice that your meditation tends to be better when you have done some physical exercise. Exercise has the power to alter your mood and make you feel elated. You will experience a natural high similar to a drug high but without any of the negative side effects. You will have greater mental clarity, feel more relaxed, have more energy and a stronger focus.
2. Take a shower or bath. Water has an amazing ability to purify your body and mind. It also helps to keep us alert and relives stress. After a shower or bath, we feel better, refreshed and calm. Bathing can bring you the restful solitude you need to reflect and relax. You can literally close the door on the outside world and disappear for a while.
3. Yoga. Yoga has a calming effect on the mind. Even doing some simple stretches will allow you to release any tension and stress that has accumulated in your body. Physical and mental tension blocks the free flow of energy in the body and draws our awareness outward. We are trying to redirect our energy inward in meditation, so tension of any kind hinders our efforts. Practicing yoga postures before meditation is a marvelous way to release these energy blocks.
4. Read. Reading has the ability to soothe the mind like no other. Reading forces us to be still. This stillness will carry over to our meditation practice. Read something inspirational or spiritual that will turn your mind towards matters of the soul before you begin to meditate. It’s a good idea to spend 5 or 10 minutes just reading and absorbing the lessons of what you’ve read.
5.Write. If your mind can’t slow down before you meditate, try writing down everything that is in your head. When you do a mental brain dump, it has the effect of calming yourself down. When we put thoughts to paper—or type them—we are able to clear our mind and and gain perspective on any given situation
6. Breathe. Take a few deep breaths before you begin your meditation. You will find your whole body and mind will slow down, which makes it very easy to enter into a meditative state. By focusing on the breath you become aware of the mind’s tendency to jump from one thing to another. The simple discipline of concentration brings us back to the present moment.