The art of meditation has been known to bring plenty of physical and mental health benefits. Meditation practitioners and experts also claim that it can help to delay the aging of the mind and body, reduce stress, increase the power of concentration and promote happiness and an improved sense of well-being.
Many people want to try meditation for its enticing beneficial effects, but only a few actually succeed in making the art part of their life. It is because the majority is not able to adapt to the mindset and attitude that the practice requires.
Here are some tips which can help you overcome the obstacles when you’re on your way to making meditation a part of your life:
1. Set a specific time for your meditation. When you do meditate, begin with a breathing exercise to relax your muscles and reduce your heart rate.
2. A specific room for meditation which is not the same room where you work of exercise is a good place to meditate.
3.) Be sure to find peace and quiet in the place and time that you selected for your meditation. The early hours of the morning is a good time for beginners because of its stillness and your mind is not yet pre-occupied with stressful thoughts.
4. Read an instruction book on meditation to guide you through the process. You can also listen to instructional tapes and CDs which can guide you to the correct meditative state.
5. Stretch to loosen your tense muscles. This will help you to bring attention to your body.
6. Focus on your breathing and do not allow your mind to linger on other thoughts. Strive to keep it still and quiet.
7. Understand that meditation requires hardwork and perseverance at the start. Do not let frustration take away your desire to be at peace with your inner self.
8. Do not limit yourself to the belief that a meditative state can be achieved only by assuming the cross-legged position under the Bonzi tree. Any position that makes you relaxed and comfortable would be alright.
9. Focus on your body parts. You will know that you have reached a meditative state when you can pour your attention on your body parts. Start to focus on your feet and slowly move your way up. Concentrate on your internal parts as well.
10. Even if you are not in formal meditation sessions, try to generate moments of awareness and find your breath. It is a good way to develop your meditation skills.
11. Meditation is an art of being totally aware of your presence. Do not stress yourself, even if you find meditation hard to do.
12. As you finish, be appreciative of your efforts and your mind’s ability to concentrate. Spend the last two minutes of your meditation by being grateful for the time you have spent to focus on yourself.