After 20 years meditating and writing books and running workshops on how to find your inner calm, I still regularly get asked the same questions: “How can meditation be made easier?” and “How do I stop the head chatter?”
Quite honestly, it’s about committing to meditation and giving it a go. Like anything in life, we get better with practise – riding a bike, driving a car, swimming laps, cooking, etc. Think of meditation like a muscle you are developing; the more you do it, the more flexible, stronger and agile your mind and outlook on life will be.
Practising regular meditation can have a significant positive impact on how you respond to day-to-day stresses as well as dealing with the bigger life stuff. It doesn’t take much to shift your focus to healthy thoughts using meditation as a tool to support you feeling well in mind; all you have to do is stop, close your eyes and breathe.
Here’s 5 ways to enhance your meditation experience
- Regular Routine
Choose a set time to meditate each day and try to stick to that routine. For example: before you go to work or school, after breakfast, before bed, or before an exam, meeting or crucial decision making point in the day.
- Same Spot
If you can meditate in the same place each day it will help you to relax quicker being in the familiar setting.
- Quiet Space
If you want to give your mind the opportunity to be quiet then ensure you are free from distractions and disturbances throughout your meditation practise.
- Set Timer
Often people can find meditation overwhelming because they never know when to stop and and feel complete. You don’t have to meditate for a long time to feel the benefits. Setting a clock for an allocated time can help you to let go of the worry of everything else and know the alarm will remind you when your meditation time is up.
- Just Breathe
If you find your mind wandering or you’re at a loss for what to ‘do’ while meditating, turn your attention away from your mind and to your body. Simply focus on the natural rise and fall of your belly; doing this allows your breath to organically find it’s flow.