Meditating isn’t something that comes naturally to us as humans. In life, our minds are filled with so many thoughts that it seems impossible to turn them off. With meditation, it’s not about deactivating intrusive thoughts, but more awareness of what you’re thinking about and being in the present moment.
The mind wandering during a meditation session is a natural thing, especially when you are first practicing the habit. Though you hope to focus, you hear a car honking, you get a text alert on your phone, or you may just get distracted. Learning to meditate will help you focus on yourself for just a few minutes a day, and has many benefits.
Find what works for you. Everyone is different; ultimately the best meditation routine is the one you can stick to, and one that brings you tranquility and reflection. From timing to location, test out a few different options until you find your groove. Stick with it. It takes time to build a habit, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t feel it working at first.
Try and meditate at the same time every day
Getting in meditation at the same time every day helps you stick to a routine. Find a time that makes the most sense for your schedule. Many people find that meditating first thing in the morning sets your day up for success, while others find meditating before bed to be a peaceful reflection.
Find a quiet spot in your home
The last thing you want when meditating is someone trying to chat with you in your living room, or being interrupted in thought by the sounds of your children bickering. If possible, move to a more secluded part of your home where you’ll get some peace and quiet the length of the session.
A comfortable chair, bed, or on the floor are all great places to meditate. Some people even go as far as creating a meditation corner in their room, which helps them get into the mood and spirit. Meditating is very personal, so however, you want to conduct your session is up to you.
Find the technique that works best for you
There are so many apps to choose from that are great in guided meditations. Of course, you can do it on your own if you feel comfortable. Guided meditations are also on YouTube and you can choose on for anxiety, sleeping, self-love, relaxation, and more!
Don’t get discouraged
If you can’t seem to get into meditation, don’t worry. It takes around two weeks to make a habit, and the more you do it the more benefit you will see. Some people think that because their mind keeps wandering, they aren’t good at meditating. However, it’s absolutely normal for our thoughts to trickle in and out, even when you’re in deep thought. Simply observe the thought without judgement and continue with your session.
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