People think that meditation is difficult and that you have to be a full-time practitioner to meditate well.
That’s just not true.
Absolutely anyone can learn how to meditate quickly and easily. You don’t have to go through an extensive ritual to meditate. Simply put, meditation is a way to get in touch with your inner self.
Here are some tips to make your meditation even easier:
1. Choose the right teacher. Whether you are learning meditation with an online course or in a local group, choose a teacher you will work with and a teacher who will teach you the kind of methods you can deal with.
2. Learn to relax your body. As a typically tense Westerner, this can be the greatest skill you need to learn. But once you learn how to relax, you will find meditation so much easier. By the way, don’t worry about learning to relax either!
3. Take it easy. No one is going to give you a SATS test on meditation. It doesn’t matter if you take longer to learn to meditate than someone else. It is absolutely fine if you take the time to learn a technique. Everyone has their own speed of learning.
4. Respect yourself and others. Treat yourself and others with respect. If you notice that you attract negative people, change the signals you send out (regular meditation helps).
5. Get rid of distractions. 6. Turn off your cell phone while meditating. Close that chat window. 6. Turn off the television (that’s good advice anyway, whether or not you are meditating).
6. If possible, join a meditation group. Meditation is much more fun in a group and you will find that others find the same learning curve as you. Groups generate their own energy – the sum of the whole is really greater than the sum of the parts. Joining a group can broaden your circle of friends and can be a boost to your self-confidence. Depending on the purpose of the group, you can also learn different meditation techniques as the group progresses.
7. Just let go. The word “meditation” means trying to let go. Go with the flow. Let what is happening happen. Do not fixate on what your meditation experience should or should not be.