Meditation is an art and doing it requires skill. Once you can learn it, it will start to deliver benefits to your mind and body.

Being stress free, relaxed and happy about yourself are among the benefits meditation can give you. But it doesn’t come that easy because it is difficult to find focus during the first stages of the learning process.

One of the main purposes of meditation is to find peace with your inner self. When you decide to practice this art, here are some factors that you should consider to make meditation easier for you:

1. Assume the correct posture

Posture is a very important thing that you should take into consideration when you meditate. It wouldn’t matter whether you sit on a chair or stay cross-legged on the floor when you meditate. The important thing is to see to it that you are relaxed with your spine upright and your head up. Do this with a thought that your head is touching the sky.

2. Meditate with your eyes open

As a beginner, meditating with your eyes open will allow you to be more aware of your “presence.” Your mind is more likely to drift away when you meditate with your eyes closed. But if you feel that closing your eyes while meditating is more effective for you, do it.

2. Focus on your presence

Getting focused on ourselves is difficult to achieve in ordinary circumstances. When meditating, you have to pay close yet soft attention to the part of your being which is the center of your awareness. For a start, focus first on your breathing and slowly shift your consciousness to the parts of your body starting from the feet gradually moving upward.

4. Count your breath to stay focused

Settling in a meditative mood is difficult for starters. In order to overcome the difficulty of crossing over to the meditative state, try counting your breath in silence, from one to four again and again. This will help you to stay focused.

If you will notice your thoughts drifting away focus back on your breathing and bring it back to self-consciousness.

6. Don’t let emotions get in the way

Strong emotions will keep you struggling if you want to meditate. Let your own consciousness prevent your mind from lingering on thoughts that trigger emotions such as anger, fear and shame. Let your present moment be spent on focusing solely on yourself. Focus instead on the parts of your body that reacts as you feel the emotion, like the squeezing feeling you feel on your chest when you get angry.

Honor your emotions but don’t get entangled in the stories that trigger them.

7. Meditate in silence

Silence is the healing factor that accompanies meditation. You cannot fully relate with your inner self if you are distracted by outer factors. Silence is the condition that reconciles your inner and outer self.

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