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Simplify Your Meditation Practice With These Easy Strategies

Simplify Your Meditation Practice and Get Better Results With These Strategies

Learn how to simplify your meditation practice. If you're having trouble meditating, you may make the experience too tricky for yourself. Learn to relax better, and you'll achieve more significant results in many situations.

While you are practicing meditation, you can use these strategies to calm your body as well as your mind.

How to Put Your Muscles at Ease

1. Sit wherever is most convenient for you. Both sitting on a chair or a cushion are suitable for meditation. Find a position that you can maintain without too much discomfort. Straightening and bringing your shoulders back will help you maintain good posture. When sitting in a chair, ensure both feet are firmly planted on the ground.

2. Get some fresh air. Alternate between sitting and walking until you reach a point where sitting for long periods is more tolerable. You might begin walking meditation if you find that sitting still for extended periods makes you uncomfortable.

3. Change your position. You should feel free to alter any region of your body that is giving you discomfort. If your foot starts to nod off, give it a good shake to wake it up.

4. Dress in a relaxed manner. Pick clothes that won't restrict your movement and will help you breathe easier. That typically refers to garments that have a loose fit and elastic waistbands. It is a good idea to easily dress in layers to adjust your body temperature in cold or warm environments.

5. Keep your diet somewhat light. Eat only simple things for your body to break down, such as yogurt smoothies and green salads. Consuming large meals will leave you less alert than frequently snacking on small amounts of food.

6. Practice yoga. Yoga is one of the most effective conditioning exercises to prepare the body and mind for seated meditation. Teaching yourself basic yoga poses or signing up for free courses offered in most areas is possible.

7. Achieve the full lotus position. Targeted stretches and sitting in a situation similar to a half lotus are both excellent intermediate steps to achieving the traditional posture. Sitting in the full lotus position indeed has its benefits, but the truth is that everyone, regardless of their physical limitations, can reap the rewards of meditation.

How to Put Your Mind at Ease

1. Relinquish your attachment to the outside world. Put distracting ideas out of your mind till a later time. Your meditation practice deserves your undivided focus right now.

2. Let go of your expectations. Instead of dwelling on the results, look for meaning in the steps that led up to them. Prepare yourself mentally for whatever the next meditation session may bring.

3. Be prepared for varying conditions. On certain days, your capacity for focus and concentration will be higher than on others. Just go with the flow of things.

4. Bring your focus back to the present. Mind wandering is a common occurrence that affects everyone occasionally. Focus all your efforts on figuring out the problem, and then bring your attention back to the here and now. Just accept it the way things are.

5. Try to refrain from passing judgment. Consider your fleeting ideas with a sense of wonder rather than judging them as positive or negative. You must come to terms with whatever circumstance you are in and decide to begin from that point.

6. Take something away from every class. It would be best if you took satisfaction in that every session will teach you something new about yourself and the direction you wish to go. Even if you only pick up one new skill, it will have been time well spent.

7. Make the transition to reading. On certain days you may feel like you have jet lag, or you'll be overly anxious about something, like your yearly performance evaluation. When going through a chaotic time, it is acceptable to use your regular meditation time to read an inspirational chapter.

8. Prepare ahead of time. If you want to avoid being at a loss for what to do next, it's a good idea to give yourself some structure while giving yourself sufficient room for maneuverability.

You might find it helpful to decide in advance what you want to focus your meditation on or set aside a specific amount of time for the amount of time you intend to sit.

Simple meditation practice is helpful when life gets busy, but you'll get the most out of it if you approach it with a sense of calm. Relax your muscles and your thoughts by letting go of any unnecessary stress. You will cultivate a more consistent understanding of tranquility, permeating all aspects of your day-to-day activity.