Meditation appears to be so simple. All you do is sit down and try to quiet the mind for a few minutes. Yet most people get frustrated and give up so quickly. If only they stick to meditation a bit longer, they will be able to see some tangible results from meditation such as lower stress and better concentration. Below are some tips to make meditation easier:
1. Make sure you know what you want from your practice. For starters, take a look at why you’re practicing meditation.
2. Don’t take it too seriously. Meditation in everyday life is not a religion, so don’t approach it as one. Don’t take it too seriously and try to keep your sense of humor.
3. There’s no such thing as success or failure in meditation. Don’t judge yourself as a success or failure at meditation — there’s no such thing.
4. Keep it simple. Try to commit to practicing twice a day, for a few minutes at a time, for a specific number of days. It doesn’t matter which regimen you choose; what matters is that you choose one that you can manage in your daily life and stick with it.
5. Find a buddy. If possible, enlist someone to join you in this experiment. You don’t need to practice in the same room at the same time as your buddy but it’s helpful to check in with someone else when you start out so you have a sounding board and can help each other stay on track.
6. Have some fun with it. Before you sit down to meditate, spend a few minutes doing a simple physical or playful activity that you enjoy.
7. Take it off the cushion and into your life. Once a day, do something mindfully where you’re aware of all of your senses while you do it — whether it’s opening a door, putting on your socks, or drinking a warm cup of coffee.