What if your body feels uncomfortable? Or what if you don’t feel like meditation? What if you can’t discipline yourself? Or can’t get your mind quiet? Here’s my advice after 8 years of meditation.
– 1. Be kind to yourself
If your mind wanders off when you try to focus, don’t get impatient, be a 100% indulgent. If you don’t achieve your meditation goals, don’t be angry with yourself, practice compassion.
– 2. No Need for Discipline
You don’t need to have some regular and rigorous practice. Why would you force yourself to meditate an hour every day? Or even that 5 minutes you’re not looking forward to? Let joy and excitement guide you towards the meditation cussion exactly when is right for you. If you keep forcing and disciplining yourself it will be much harder to get in touch with your actual desire for meditation, then if you allow yourself also to not meditation when you don’t feel like it.
– 3. Be Comfortable
If your body is not comfortable during meditation, a great idea is to start practicing asana yoga, physical yoga postures that are designed to prepare the body for long seated meditations.
You can also make use of a backrest, like sitting on your sofa with a pillow in your lower back. Or even just lie on de floor, a mat, or on your bed (at least, if that doesn’t make you fall asleep).
– 4. Try out different techniques
No need to find the ultimate technique, or stick to a certain practice. You can freely ‘shop around’, try some mindfulness, practice some zen buddhist meditation, have a go with Vipasana, see if you like Tantrik meditations, or New Age. There are sooo many different styles and techniques, find out what you like. Find out what meditation is fit for YOU.
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