The decision to start meditating is a big one. It is the most crucial decision you can make for yourself. That is why it is important to make sure meditating is right for you before proceeding.
Meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries, and its popularity is only increasing in the modern world. Anyone can use it as a tool to achieve personal goals. Despite its growing popularity, many people still do not know how to get the most out of their meditation practice.
In this post, I will provide some expert tips on how to make your meditation practice more fruitful. These tips come from my own experience as a Certified Meditation Coach and practitioner with over 9 years of experience.
1. Confirm that meditating is right for you
The decision to start meditating is a big one. It is the most crucial decision you can make for yourself. That is why it is important to make sure meditating is right for you before proceeding. Do not begin if you aren’t fully vested. Neither should you begin if you feel that there is a better way for you to achieve your goals.
To help you confirm that meditating is right for you, below are some things you should consider:
- Why do you want to meditate?
- What else have you tried to help you achieve your goals? e.g. exercising, yoga, etc.
- What have you not tried that can help you achieve your goals?
- Would you be willing to try anything other than meditating?
- Why do you believe meditating is the best way forward?
- Are you prepared to commit to a regular meditating practice?
2. Establish a regular meditating routine
Committing to a regular meditation practice is an easy way to make sure your practice is fruitful. The more you meditate, the better you become at the practice, and the sooner you can achieve your goals.
An excellent way to establish a routine is to set a specific time of the day or week to meditate. It is preferred that you do it first thing in the morning. This is because there is something magical about meditating right when the sun comes up. You can also meditate at night before going to bed, or during your lunch break at work.
If you cannot meditate regularly at the same time, don’t worry. Do it as often as you can. This will prove to be fruitful in the long run.
3. Use different props and tools to support your meditating practice
Another excellent way to make your practice more fruitful is to use tools and props. They can make it easier for you to focus on your breath and relax your mind by making you feel comfortable.
Some more common tools used during meditation are:
- A cushion or pillow that can help you sit comfortably in meditation
- A mantra you can recite than can help keep your mind from wandering
- Sounds like rain or ocean waves that can help create an environment of calm and relaxation
- Binaural beats that can help keep your mind focused on a single thought
- Mala beads that can help you focus on counting your breaths
4. Find a comfortable place to meditate in
When you are starting to meditate, it is important to find a comfortable place to do so. This can be in your home or at a park out in nature close to your workplace. If you are just starting out, it might be helpful to find a quiet place in your home where you can be comfortable sitting or reclining. You may even decide to create a meditation altar if your goal is spiritual growth.
You may want to choose a spot where you can see a natural view, such as trees, water, or the sky. Take some time to personalize the place with your favorite meditation props, tools, and accessories. Do your best to make the place inviting, relaxing, and warm. Make sure the place is free of interruptions.
5. Try different meditation techniques: Breath-focus meditation, Guided meditations, Mantra meditations
With meditation gaining popularity, there are many different forms available for you to try. The best way to find the type of meditation that works for you is to try different techniques. You may find the best type to be one that combines aspects of multiple different types of meditations.
Some common meditation techniques include breath-focused meditation, guided meditations, and mantra meditations.
- Breath-focus meditation is simply focusing on your breath and observing each inhale and exhale.
- Guided meditations use a voiceover to lead you through a visualization or relaxation exercise.
- Mantra meditation involves repeating a mantra (a word or phrase) silently or aloud to yourself.
6. Keep a meditating journal
The practice of meditation is a deeply personal journey. To make it more fruitful, it is important to journal your experiences. You can use your computer or preferably, a book in which you can physically write. This is because, writing provides therapeutic healing benefits, too.
In your journal, you can record your thoughts and experiences during your practice. You can record your reflections and insights. This will help you understand your progress, as well as identify any challenges you may be experiencing. Your journal can also serve as a great source of inspiration and motivation when you feel like giving up.
7. Don’t be hard on yourself
Even though you may have a specific goal in my before starting your meditating practice, don’t forget that the practice is a journey. There is no end to it. Even if you achieve your goal, there is always something new to learn or remember as you continue to meditate.
Do not expect anything or attempt to control the outcomes of your practice. Focus on enjoying the process and experiences. By so doing, you can enhance your meditating journey and certainly make it more fruitful.
By following these simple tips, you can make your meditation practice more fruitful and beneficial. Remember to be patient, consistent, and open-minded, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques until you find what works best for you.
With a little effort, you can undoubtedly transform your practice into a tool that will improve your life in innumerable ways, and maybe help you remember who you truly are.