Meditate? What? Sit still for HOW long? But my mind won’t stop thinking!
I know, I know. It can seem like an insurmountable obstacle. But, mostly, we make it alot harder on ourselves than we really have to. Here are some tips to get your meditation practice on track…
How to Sit for Meditation
Get comfortable… ridiculously comfortable. This doesn’t mean lying down because then you will fall asleep. And, let’s face it, you might fall asleep sitting up, too, but at least you’ve given your mind the signal that you are trying to stay alert. :-). Check out this quick video I made on how to find a comfortable seat:
You can also use this yoga practice to prepare your body for seated meditation.
What to do once you have found your meditation seat
There are a million difference approaches to meditation. If you google it, you will find sooooo many different approaches. This is great because it means that there is a way for everyone. Try them out and see what works best for you. Commit to trying each practice for at least a few days before deciding if its one you would like to pursue. Here are a few short guided audio meditation practices that I have found are a good entry for new or returning meditators:
- Breath Counting Meditation
- Breath Observation Meditation
- Sound Meditation
- Metta Mantra Meditation
- Metta Feeling Meditation
- Thought Observation Meditation
I want to meditate but can’t sit still
That’s cool. You don’t actually have to sit to meditate. Try a moving meditation or eating meditation instead!
Wait, why is it that I should meditate?
You should meditate because study after study have shown that meditation is good for the body and the mind. This infographic sums it up nicely. And these studies prove it. So, don’t just sit there, meditate!