Last week, we talked about meditation and how it can help you heal, and if you’re ready to start, then here are some of my recommendations.
If you are just starting, you may want to consider what Deepak Chopra recommends as an approach – the RPM or Rise, Pee and Meditate. This first thing in the morning practice is good for some, but if you have obligations in the morning or have to deal with kids, then this may not be a good idea. Thus, you can do your meditation anytime of the day as long as you know that you are not being disturbed.
Whenever you wish to start meditating is fine, as long as you do the following:
- Choose a peaceful environment, ideally one with proper ventilation and is free from disruptions. It can be inside a room or outdoors.
- Pick a preferred position for meditation. Most people start with the lotus position, but you can also do it while lying down or sitting in another position.
- Start slow, meditating for at least five minutes until eventually reaching twenty minutes.
- Set a timer so that you don’t have to check your phone every now and then.
- Close your eyes when you meditate, and focus your attention of your breath.
- Stop judging yourself and wondering if you are doing it the right way. Let go of any thoughts and just focus.
These tips should help you start, but if you also want to expand meditation, then try adding these techniques that I have mentioned:
You can ground yourself by visualizing tree roots on your bottom – and as you sit on the floor, imagine your tree roots digging deep into the earth. When you do this, imagine all the negative energies in your body coursing through the roots and into the ground.
The idea is to focus your thoughts into one thing so that other thoughts do not come in to your mind. While the idea of meditation is to have a blank thought in your mind – you may not be able to do it at the start so it may help for you to visualize a relaxing scene instead.
If silence makes you feel crazy, or if you feel as if you cannot concentrate yet, you may want to try something called guided meditation. This process may involve listening to audio files where a speaker tells you what to do, what to imagine and what to focus on.