Meditation was created to help people grow spiritually, to become more open to and conscious of the holy and the holy's guiding presence. However, even for individuals who do not consider themselves religious, meditation has become a helpful tool. It has the potential to bring serenity and tranquility to a world that desperately needs both.
It can be utilized for a variety of purposes, including healing, emotional cleaning and balancing, concentration, creativity, and seeking inner direction.
Put your expectations aside as you begin your meditation, and do not worry about doing it the 'correct' way. There are many different ways to meditate, and there is no one-size-fits-all criterion for defining what is appropriate meditation. The method that works best for you is the best method for you. And figuring out what works may need some trial and error. Below, I have included a few different approaches.
When you first begin meditating, there are few things to avoid:
Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meditation. Just focus on the process and figure out what works best for YOU.
Choose a time and a place where you will not be disturbed to begin meditating. That may appear to be an overwhelming effort in and of itself. There are definitely individuals in your life that need your time and attention, unless you are a hermit. You would want to inform them that when you have had a few minutes of peace and quiet, you will help them with their needs. Let them know that you need to do this for yourself, but that they will benefit as well because you will be more calm, energized, and loving.
You simply need 10 or 15 minutes for your meditation session when you are beginning. This is plenty of time when you are starting out, and it is possible that this is all the time you can find in your hectic schedule to devote to yourself. That's great! It is much better to meditate for a few minutes each day than to put it off entirely.
You may discover that your meditation time is so useful over time that you want to increase the amount of time you spend meditating. It is entirely up to you. Working up to two 20-minute meditation sessions per day is a good goal.
If you can make it a habit to meditate at roughly the same time each day, the process will be improved. For some people, meditating first thing in the morning is beneficial. Others meditate towards the end of the day before going to bed. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. It does not matter what works for you as long as it works for you! Simply make sure that you practice on a consistent basis.
It is up to you to choose the location where you will meditate. A few people dedicate a room in their home to meditation, but if you are just getting started, that is probably a bit much. Instead, meditate in your bedroom, the living room, the kitchen, or even the garden, whichever location is least likely to disturb you. Of course, meditating in the living room while the rest of the family is watching TV is not a good idea. Aside from that, it does not matter where you meditate; what matters is that you start practicing meditation.
If you realize that the first location you selected is not working for you, do not be scared to reconsider. The same may be said about the time and technique you choose. The ultimate value of meditation outweighs the specific form of meditation employed to achieve it.