It can be difficult to get into the habit of regular meditation. If you’re struggling to establish a routine that includes meditation or you’re finding that you just don’t seem to be getting much out of the time you are spending, then don’t give up hope. These 7 methods can help you quickly improve the quality of each meditation session you have.
#1. Mentally focus on staying relaxed. When meditation results aren’t coming out as expected, then the first reaction that many people have is to tense up. If your muscles are tense, then your meditation will be just as tense. Instead of breathing deeply, try focusing on relaxing each tense muscle, one at a time.
#2. Consider adding pre-meditation rituals to your routine. Many people have found that prayer to their preferred higher power helps to settle their soul and get them ready to meditate. Others may drink a cup of tea to relax. Take a few minutes, get yourself settled instead of diving right into meditation, and you may experience different results.
#3. Commit to staying in your preferred position. Many of us get very anxious when the world feels like it begins to pass us by. Meditation forces us to slow life down and take matters one thought or one breath at a time. In a world of instant gratification, this can be difficult to accept. Commit to staying in your preferred meditation position longer than you want to experience better results.
#4. Focus on your third eye. This ancient advice to prolong internal stamina really does work. Instead of focusing toward the negativity that the ground represents, lift your eyes towards the hills and the nearly infinite universe that lies beyond. The oldest discovered solar system is estimated to be 11 billion years old. That’s energy which flows through you right now. This realization helps to improve your overall concentration.
#5. Allow yourself to be still. It is so very hard to be still in the modern world. There always seems to be something that you could be doing. We even feel guilty sometimes if we’re not actively doing something. Sitting still feels like we are doing nothing, but we really are doing something profound. Stillness during meditation allows us the chance to find the perfection in any given moment. By allowing yourself to be still, you are changing the focus of activity from outward tasks to inward observations.
#6. Refuse to multitask. Every time you switch to a new activity, you lose time. In meditation, focus on one thing only and make it as perfect as possible. Slow your breathing and stay on that the entire session if necessary. Calm your racing thoughts. You’ll find that the results will be better because your focus will be directed toward the smaller details that make meditation better.
#7. Perfect practice makes perfect. You may begin to experience the benefits of meditation immediately, but it can take weeks to make new routines become a habit. The more you practice meditation in perfect ways, the more perfect this time will be for you.
Meditation has profound benefits, but it requires a series of conscious choices to take advantage of those benefits. Try these 7 tips today and you will be able to make the most out of the time you can commit to meditation in the future.