One of the most common distractions is thinking about how much time has elapsed. 10 minutes can seem like an hour! To assist with letting your mind relax in to the meditation process, I suggest setting a timer (on your phone). Begin at 3 minutes so that you can really let go, knowing that the duration has a definite end, in order to hone your new skill.
- Turn your phone onto 'flight mode' so that you do not receive phone calls
- Find a small space, without distractions, in your house that will become your regular meditation spot
- Silence or meditation music without lyrics, unless you are specifically wanting a guided meditation
- Burn oils or incense
- Turn the lights off or dim them. Alternatively, burn candles or use lamps
- Practise meditation at the same time every day, when possible, to establish a routine
Sitting or laying down are both acceptable options with meditation. The more comfortable your body is, the easier it will be to relax and let your mind focus on the meditation,and not what your body or the outside world is doing.
To begin to experience the benefits, discussed in Meditation Series - Part 1 - What is Meditation?, that meditation has to offer, commitment to routine of regular practise is most important. Three minutes daily (or even 5 days a week) at the same time will benefit you more than 30 minutes, once a week (and is much easier to achieve).
Future blogs in this Meditation Series will discuss, more specifically, meditation techniques relating to the common types of meditation as outlined in Meditation Series - Part 2 - Common types of meditation.
The next instalment of this Meditation Series will be; Meditation Series - Part 4 - Techniques For Practise Of Common Types Of Meditation - Mindfulness Meditation
Kylie, of Complete Vibrational Therapies, has a Diploma of Metaphysics and is qualified in meditation.
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