I haven’t always been a fan of meditation. In fact, it wasn’t until I began having panic attacks and not sleeping at night that I thought it might be worth looking into.
My very first meditation session went for about 30 minutes. I found it so easy and fun that making meditation in daily life a habit was quite an easy transition.
Overcoming Resistance To Meditation
Resistance to anything is not a bad thing. It can sometimes mean that a part of us knows that it’s not really something that we really want to do, therefore we make excuses, and find 1001 reasons why we shouldn’t. If that’s the case for you, then quit while you’re ahead. There’s no point forcing yourself to do something that you have no intention of persevering with.
However, if meditation is something you’re super keen on exploring then this will help. The first step is to set a time each day that you will meditate. Don’t be too concerned with how long you are going to meditate for as that can and will change depending upon circumstances. Just by scheduling in when you are going to meditate makes it easier to stick turn it into a habit.
Meditate In The Morning
I prefer to meditate in the morning as soon as I get out of bed because it’s usually when I have the most control over my time. I always allow 30 minutes in the morning, so I get up 30 minutes earlier than I would normally to make sure I fit it in. If you can only do 10 minutes, then plan to get up 10 minutes earlier. If mornings don’t work for you, then set a time for before you go to bed.
Where To Meditate?
Don’t over complicate this part of your meditation. Really, you can meditate anywhere you like as long as it suits the meditation technique you are using. I have a space in my bedroom that I use specifically for meditation. I use meditation cushions and a rolled out yoga mat to make sure that my body is comfortable.
Meditation is the type of thing that can be done sitting on the floor, sitting in a comfy chair, lying down, or even standing, depending on the type of meditation you are doing. There’s also a wide-range of ‘active’ meditation techniques that can be done while eating, walking, waiting in a line, or pretty much doing anything at all. So there are no limits to where you can meditate.
Here’s What Meditation Can Do For You
Meditation is really about learning to step back from the busy mind so that both the mind and body can let go of all tension and relax deeply. As long as we keep living in our head and obsessing over what happened yesterday, or worrying about what tomorrow may bring, we’re never going to know peace.
Peace is what happens when we decide to no longer get caught up in the stories that the mind tells us. The mind is not used to letting go of being in control, which is why it’s important to re-train the mind to be okay with slowing down. The fastest way to learn to do this is to simply watch your thoughts come and go, just as you would watch clouds pass by in the sky.
Just by not getting attached to any thoughts or feelings that arise, you will find that your mind will soon quiet down. When the mind goes quiet, then the body relaxes and a deep calmness starts to flow through every cell of your body.
Don’t try and fight with your mind to relax. Instead, work with it by allowing it to do its job of thinking. The only difference is that you are now watching your thoughts instead of getting lost in them. Remember this simple step and this will help your meditation to become easy and fun.
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