Now that you understand what mediation is and you know the numerous benefits it has to offer, you need to know how to gain optimally from every meditation session.
Start by identifying what you want to achieve from your regular meditation sessions
Knowing exactly what you want from a meditation session is important since different meditation techniques can be used to achieve different goals. For instance, if your aim is to gain insight into a challenging issue then you definitely need to improve your concentration. On the other hand if you aim at developing more energy then you need a movement meditation that helps you build physical fitness and develop endurance. Expression meditation can come in handy in helping to overcome addiction and even abuse because it gives a creative outlet for all pent up tension and thoughts.
Settle on a meditation technique that matches your personality and can fit perfectly in your schedule
After identifying exactly what you want to gain from the meditation technique, you need to determine the particular method that suits your personality. If you are an active person then movement technique is great for you because you will be able to enjoy it and do it consistently. If you favor remaining still and focused then go for concentration meditation.
Ensure your objectives are realistic and try to manage your expectations
Although there are a lot of books, articles and online resources that promise amazing transformations, it is always a good idea to keep your expectations reasonable. The benefits of meditation don’t just happen within a day, it takes time before meditation can change the way you feel or think. The trick is to be consistent and always have patience. Meditation should not be a onetime endeavor but instead should be part of your life style.
The good news is that you can start enjoying a few of the benefits immediately; your body gets an opportunity to rest heal and release any tension or stress. Additionally, learning how to meditate takes time so do not expect to master it immediately; the truth is it may feel quite unnatural and uncomfortable but will definitely get better and feel more natural overtime.
Set reasonable guiding ground rules
Learning to meditate is just like learning to play an instrument such as a guitar. This means that setting some ground rules will definitely make your practice sessions more successful. . In addition to ensuring you take your time to choose an appropriate meditation technique, you have to plan on what you will do before and after every meditation session. This structure makes w you take meditation seriously and ensures your body and mind is adequately prepared for meditation. Having the same routine before and after meditation ensures you get into the meditation mindset easily and also helps extend the benefits for a longer period of time.
Make plans on how you will react or respond in case your meditation session is abruptly and unexpectedly interrupted
Achieving the concentration required for mediation is challenging task hence it can be aggravating to have that concentration interrupted. Having a plan in place on how you will respond and get back on track comes in handy in helping you resume your session. This is particularly necessary if you meditate either at home or in an office; an environment susceptible to constant interruption.
After Meditation try and stay in the zone (remain calm) for about 10 minutes
Immediately after meditating, it is advisable to take your time and remain quiet and peaceful; avoid being loud and engaging in rowdy conversation immediately. Just try your best to remain in the moment for a while. This will help you reflect on your current state of mind.
How long should you meditate on a regular basis?
This is a common question that many meditation enthusiasts have. There is no right answer to this question; just meditate for as long as you are comfortable. When it stops being fun and begins becoming either uncomfortable or stressful this is an indication that it is time to stop. You especially need to pay close attention to what is referred to as ‘peak level of tolerance’. When you reach your peak then you simply lack the ability to keep concentrating and focusing. This is why if you are a beginner you should start with a n experienced and knowledgeable instructor. A teacher will guide you on timing, technique and tolerance.
If done rightly, meditation can actually be the most enjoyable and easiest thing you can ever do. Meditation is actually very easy; it requires no struggle, stress, too much effort or stamina. Meditation is very natural because all it involves is concentrating and getting in touch with your inner self. You are not resisting anything so no need to exert too much effort or get too stressed. Keep in mind that the main purpose is relaxation and having a good time getting in touch with your inner self. Meditation is absolutely worth trying out! It gives you the chance to press the pause button on your very busy life. Keep in mind that taking quality time to relax leaves you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and completely refreshed. You will also be happier and healthier!