Meditation is a process that doesn’t necessarily come easily for everyone. Personally speaking, my mind is in a constant state of overdrive, so to sit down and not have my mind wander during meditation can be very challenging. We have already covered quite a few different types of meditation that can help you increase and improve your mindfulness, but today we are going to talk about some things you can do to make meditating easier for you.
1 Eliminate distractions
Every person has a different focus span and different things that get them distracted. The sound of a door opening, your phone buzzing, your roommate talking on the phone, amongst many other examples, are some of the possible distractions you might face while trying to meditate. While some distractions are not something that you can control, you can change environments and remove yourself from around anything that might distract you during your meditation.
2 Kept the meditation short
This one mostly applies to people who are just starting out in meditation. It would be unrealistic to do your initial meditations for an extensive amount of time. In the beginning, it is smart to start with meditating for at most 10 minutes, and slowly increase the time so that your brain has time to adjust. For the pros, when you look into a different type of meditation, it tends to include if there is a time limit or not on how long you can do the meditation for.
3 Meditate regularly
Meditation isn’t a remedy that if you do once, it solves your problem. Meditating normally has a purpose, such as achieving peace of mind, which is a state of mind that needs to be practiced to be achieved. Being irregular when meditating won’t give you as effective results as being frequent. If you have a crazy busy schedule and don’t have enough time to sit and do 30 minutes of meditating, that’s not an issue. The regularity is more important than the amount of time spent. If you can afford to do 5 minutes of meditation every single day, that’s already better than one hour of meditating once a week.
4 Don’t wait for the “perfect time”
People seem to make excuses not to meditate, one of them being it’s not the “perfect time” – there’s too much noise, I’m distracted, not in the right state of mind, etc. And while they can be good excuses not to do other things, they don’t stop you from sitting down and meditating. While the moment might not be ideal, if you are truly determined to work on your mindfulness through meditation, you just have to find a time during your day to do it.