Resting the mind during meditation is hard to do, especially with so many distractions around. Whether it’s screaming children, a buzzing cellphone or construction outside, it’s not always easy to meditate relaxed, inwardly focused and with a clear mind.
There are so many positive benefits to practicing meditation regularly though. Just a few minutes a day of mindful meditation can help combat stress, foster physical health, can make you sleep better and be more present. And, of course, gain control of your mind and attention.
Whether you’re new to meditation or have been practicing for years, these three tips can help you meditate better and take your meditation to the next level.
- Resist distractions with guided breathing. If you’re having a difficult time calming your mind or just find it too hard to meditate, try to focus on your breathing. Continually bringing your awareness back to your breath whenever you become distracted in meditation will help to strengthen your mind, according to Gaim.com. The next time a pesky thought disturbs your meditation, bring awareness back to the flow of your breath, and with each breath let yourself feel letting go of all the mental and physical distractions. Feel your body relaxing and your Higher Self connection strengthening and filing your being with light.
- Establish a routine. Try to meditate in the same place and at the same time if possible. Whether it’s on the same mat or a comfortable chair, or in a dedicated room in your home, your meditation will be more effective if there is consistency. This will help condition your mind to go to a meditative state and to get there faster. According to HSY founder Nanette Hucknall, if you meditate in the same place on a regular basis, the vibrations will be very strong due to the combination of the vibrations you are releasing and the positive energy enhancing the space.
- Express gratitude and keep a gentle smile. Studies have found that smiling can make you happier, so why not try it during meditation as well. According to WildMind.org, every time we smile in meditation, we create the conditions for joy and peace to arise. So the next time you meditate, try it with a slight Buddha smile.
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