meditation tips

Creating a meditation space

To get the best out of your meditation it helps to have a special space to meditate in. A special place to meditate encourages you to create a regular routine You can create this space in a corner of a bedroom, in the garden, in the loungeroom… wherever you like. Just ensure that the space will be relatively quiet when you need it to be, allowing you to sit in peace. If you use a cushion, stool or chair ensure that it is nearby and ready for use to make the process of getting into meditation as easy as possible. You can decorate your space with meaningful pieces of art or natural objects to make it that extra bit special. Often it is making the decision to sit and meditate that is the difficult part of the process not the actual meditation itself. Therefore anything you can do to encourage yourself will ultimately be of benefit.

The most comfortable sitting positions

There are a variety of ways to sit comfortably during meditation with or without support. You can sit on a high cushion on the floor with your legs crossed. This is a very basic form of the traditional Indian lotus position. There are many zafus or high round cushions that support this style of sitting. You can sit back on your ankles in the traditional Japanese seiza position. For this position you can use a meditation stool to take the pressure off your knees and ankles and to keep your back straight. If you would prefer not to sit on the floor you can sit on a chair. Simply ensure that you can put your feet flat on the ground to keep yourself steady, balanced and grounded and that your back doesn’t slouch into the back of the chair. Lying down is not the best position for meditating as it energetically vibrant and it is far too easy to fall asleep.

How not to get distracted by noises

There will always be noises in your life. If you are in the city it is the police cars or traffic, if you are in the country it can be the birds. If you are inside at home it can be children playing or the washing machine doing its job. Therefore the best way to deal with noise is to accept that it exists and not to fight it. Naturally you should try to meditate at a time that will not be too noisy but if this is not possible – know that there will always be noise in life, that is natural, the trick is to focus not on the noise but on your practice.

Why you should create a regular routine

Creating a regular routine makes it easy to meditate. In this way you do not forget to practice, you have no excuse not to practice it is merely something that you do. It is a part of your life.

The best time of day to meditate

It will depend upon your lifestyle as to the best time of the day to meditate. As mentioned earlier – the quieter the better. When you feel that you have time for yourself – then that is the time. If you are a shift worker that will be quite different to if you have a family, or if you run your own business. Each individual will find that there are good and bad times to meditate. Choose the good times!

How often you should meditate

Try to meditate everyday – even if it is for a few minutes only. This will help you to begin to put a routine in place, making it easier to meditate.

How long you should meditate

You can build your meditation times up. When you begin it may be quite short. Perhaps even 5 minutes only. As you get used to sitting, you will find that your meditation time lengthens. Allow this to happen naturally and don’t force yourself to meditate for extended periods if it does not feel right for you.