As a newbie to meditation, getting started can sometimes be a daunting and confusing process.
Here are some additional meditation tips to help you on your journey.
When I was a beginner to meditation myself, I had many moments of frustration, failure and feeling overwhelmed.
Why can’t meditation be as easy as it looks in the photos?
Well turns out, there were many things I was doing wrong based on assumption and myths. Here are 5 additional tips to help you improve your meditation practice as a beginner.
You can also read more about meditation for beginners here.
1. Stop Looking for Signs of Progress or Failure
Meditation tip number 1 is to build a meditation habit.
Get into the habit of meditating consistently and know that over time you will start to feel calmer, happier, clearer, more at ease and less stressed.
Even, if you do miss a couple of meditation sessions, don’t worry. Just get back on the horse the next day and start again.
2. Start Small & Frequent. Not long and sporadic.
Meditation tip number 2 is to try to meditate frequently (every day if possible), even if it’s just daily 2-3 minute sessions.
This is more likely to bring you much better results compared to doing a big meditation session of say 30 mins but then not doing any other meditation for the rest of the week.
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3. Do it First Thing in the Morning or at Night
Many say that they’re going to start meditating every day.
Yet as their day progresses, life’s busyness takes over and they end up doing nothing, procrastinating or substituting it with something else. This can be a very destructive and disappointing process.
As multiple studies reveal, our willpower depletes throughout the day.
This means that it’s much easier to start a new habit (Eg. your meditation practice) in the morning. After a long, hard day at the office, you’re less likely to have the will power to commit to doing it..
Dedicate a time as part of your morning routine to get it done. This will not only set you up well for the day but will ensure that you don’t spend the rest of your day feeling guilty due to putting it off.
If mornings really aren’t your thing, then the second best option is to do your meditation just before bed time. This can help to relax you and improve sleep quality as well.
4. Stop Striving for Perfection
Meditation tip number four is to avoid striving for perfection.
This was the one that I kept getting caught up with. I’d see instagram or pinterest images and would wonder – why don’t I look like that? They look so serene, yet here I am unable to get into a comfortable position and finding myself constantly distracted in thought.
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Unfortunately, it is a natural instinct for women to put pressure on themselves to be perfect. But, guys this just isn’t a reality.
Meditation is not the time and place for perfection or high self-expectation.
When it comes to meditation, there is really no one right or wrong answer. It can be a different experience for everyone.
It’s easy to think that becoming regularly distracted, needing to scratch or fidget is undesirable, but it’s entirely normal and just part of the process.
Give yourself room to breathe. Strive to be compassionate and patient with yourself.
5. Keep Your Body Warm
It’s important to try and keep warm during your practice.
When you’re cold, it becomes nearly impossible to focus because it’s difficult to stop thinking about it, especially when you can hear your teeth chattering or feel goosebumps growing on your arms.
I find a nice blanket, doona or dressing gown usually does the trick.
But you can also choose to get changed into some warm clothes rather than your pyjamas, depending on what you prefer.
This is a much shorter article than normal, but I just wanted to highlight a couple of additional meditation tips to help you guys throughout your journey.
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