There are a lot of factors that do not allow a focused, deep, and disturbance-free meditation. However, there is a lot you can do to avoid disturbances and obstacles to a better meditation.
I am not going to take about the benefits of meditation in this article. I have already written about this topic in another article.
In this short article I have collected a few tips to improve your meditation experience. If you have been learning to meditate, I am sure you are already familiar with these tips, but it is always good to be reminded again and again.
When you know something, it doesn’t mean that you use this knowledge, and therefore, it is a good idea to be reminded often.
Tips for Better Meditation
1. Make peace with your mind
After sitting down to meditate, and just before you begin, tell yourself that all thoughts and all problems will have to wait until you finish meditating. Repeat these words firmly several times, so that you remember them when thoughts start to disturb your meditation. Tell your mind that however pressing a thought might be, it has to wait until you finish your meditation.
2. Avoid factors that cause interruptions and distractions
There are a lot of interruptions and distractions that attract the attention and disturb meditation. There are several things you can do to avoid them.
- Meditate in a place, where you are alone and undisturbed.
- Close the windows and doors of your room.
- Take the phone off the hook.
- Turn off the TV and the radio.
- Turn off your computer.
- Switch off your cell phone.
3. Meditate at the same time of the day
If you are a beginner, meditating at the same hour would soon become a habit. The mind will automatically remember to meditate at the same hour, and there will be less mental resistance to meditate. Early mornings or early evenings are good times for meditation, but you can choose any other convenient hour.
4. Meditate at the same place
Try to arrange a place for meditation. It could be a special room, a corner in a room, your office, or in a garden. Try to use the same place, at least in the beginning. This will make your mind associate meditation with a certain place, making it easier to meditate.
5. Don’t eat before meditation
After eating, the energies of the body are directed toward the digestive processes at the expense of the mental processes. This is one of the reasons for feeling drowsy after eating a heavy meal. Meditation requires alertness and focus, and therefore, it is helpful to do it with an empty stomach.
Please note that hunger is also an obstacle, which can disturb your concentration. If you are too hungry, you may eat a fruit, a slice of bread, or drink a glass of water or juice. That’s okay.
6. A comfortable posture with a straight back
Sit in a comfortable posture.
During meditation, there is a flow of energy upwards through the spinal column. It is important therefore, to hold your back straight, but without straining it.
It is important to be comfortable so that your mind is free to concentrate. You may sit on the floor, if you find it comfortable, or you may choose to sit on a chair. Do what is more comfortable and less strenuous for your body.
7. Don’t tense your body
There is often, a tendency to tense the body when meditating, concentrating, or doing any mental work. This is a common habit, which you need to avoid, since it tires the body and the mind, and stands in your way to a better and deeper meditation.
It is highly recommended that you learn to relax your body. You can find relaxation techniques by searching for them on the Internet.
It is also recommended that you develop the habit of being more aware of the tensions in your body. During the day, every time you feel that you are your tensing your body, stop what you are doing and relax your muscles to undo the tension. If you often do so, this action will turn, in due time, into a habit.
These are just a few simple tips to help you have a better, more focused and useful meditation. For more information about this topic read the articles about meditation at this website, as well the articles at the blog.
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