The mind is a busy hive of thoughts and we are jumping from ideas to emotions to memories for most of our waking hours.
During meditation you will begin to witness how much movement happens in the mind and how little you live in the present moment. You can learn to observe your thoughts and perhaps begin to change them. Taking a step back and witnessing your thoughts instead of identifying with them is the key to meditation.
1. Find Your Space
Set up a meditation space. Somewhere calm, quiet, and not too cluttered. Setting up a comfortable atmosphere will help to create the right mood for meditation and you can return to the same space to practice.
2. Find Time
Choose a time when your mind is calm. As soon as you wake up in the morning, before looking at your phone, computer, or talking to anyone would be ideal.
3. Establish a Routine
Using the same time and place each day will create a space and routine. Then you will be able to relax into the practice more quickly.
4. Be Comfortable
Sit comfortably, with your spine tall and your chin tucked down slightly. Make sure you are warm and supported by a wall or blanket if you need to.
5. Remember to Breathe
Breathe deeply. Regulating your breath will help your mind and body to relax. You could start with five minutes deep breathing and then slow it down.
6. Don’t Be Attached
Your mind will wander, thoughts will be jumping in. Allow them to pass by. Do not attach yourself to the thoughts. Acknowledge them and allow them to pass by. If you get anxious that you are thinking too much, then you will become restless and find it harder to relax.
Setting your attention on a point may help you focus. You can use an image or bring your attention to one of your chakras or even one of your body parts, like your heart. Keep the eyes closed and focus on your intention, resting the mind here.
Detach yourself from your thoughts. You can keep the concentration on one point while watching your mind. See what comes up.
Meditation comes when you reach a state of pure thought. You are aware of the mind and thus can witness the self.
10. Build Your Practice
You can begin to practice for ten minutes a day, building up your practice as you get used to it and find more stillness. Taking ten minutes to meditate in the morning will give you time, awareness, and concentration throughout the day.
We possess a source of wisdom, peace, and happiness deep inside us. With a little practice we can begin to access it and all the worries that we had begin to drift away. We are getting to know our true selves, and that is a beautiful thing!