Many individuals think of sitting on top of a mountaintop with legs folded and fingers poised when thinking about successful meditation. Meditation does not, however, have to be that extreme. As a matter of fact, meditation can be pretty simple if you follow a few tried and true tips for successful meditation.
Set Aside an Allotted Time
When it comes to meditating successfully, make sure that you have an allotted time set aside each week for this purpose. If you choose to start meditating, it is best to begin with, a once-per-week practice until you are more comfortable with the art of meditating.
Even if you have to put it in red pen on your calendar, put it on your calendar. Use your smartphone to schedule a reminder or even send an email reminding you of your date with rest and relaxation. The rewards of being intentional about meditating are worth their weight in gold.
When I started meditating, I started a few times a week. I enjoyed it so much that soon I was doing it daily. Do what works best for you.
Let Everyone Know of Your Intentions
Let everyone in your household know that you will be taking on the practice of meditation and when, how, and where you will begin this transformation process. Let everyone know that you are committed and disciplined to maintaining this goal and that your health and his or her happiness depend on it, as well. Let your family in on a little secret. Tell them that meditating will be good for you and create a happier, more relaxed, healthier one. This will trickle-down effect on all your family members, and it is in their best interest to support you as you embark on this newfound journey.
When I started meditating, I did not let others know about my meditating practices. After my husband got up in the morning, I would stay in the room and meditate. I did not tell him and my family for a long time. I was concerned about being teased. I did not tell my husband about my meditation until I was confident in my meditative practices. Looking back, I wished I had just told him and craved out my time and intentions to try meditation. Now, my whole family knows that mom meditates first thing in the morning, so leave her alone. My family also knows I am a much happier, calmer person by meditating.
Pick a Location
Find a soothing, relaxing, and out-of-the-way area for your meditation practice. Set up the area with a few comforting photos, scented candles, a comfy pillow, and a nice throw rug. Even if it is just a corner of your bedroom where you can lock yourself in and not be disturbed, it is essential to claim your private space for your meditation retreat.
I have a few locations that work for me. One is on my couch in my family room, I pull open the curtains, and the sun has not come up yet. I like to get up early to meditate so that I can see the sun coming in through the window when I am done. Another location is my bedroom. My room is a very private place.
Educate yourself on the art of meditation to that you will have a base knowledge before you begin. Get some educational materials to view, watch some videos online, and gather some reading material on the subject.
Arming yourself with knowledge before you begin will allow you to have a more peaceful and results-oriented experience.
By educating yourself, setting aside a quiet location, letting your family know of your intentions, and securing a quiet spot to meditate in, you can float into a meditation experience that is successful and peaceful all rolled into one.
When I first started, I did best with my meditations with guided meditations. I still enjoy them, and afterward, I listen to relaxing music continuing in the moment of meditation.
With all this said, the main thing is to start. Do not worry about how you are meditating. What matters is to start meditating and see what you feel when you meditate. I fell in love with it, and it became a way of life for me after a while. May you find your path into meditating also.