Guide to the best meditation tips Manchester
Much has already been written about the positive effects of meditation and I know from my own person experience that it can be life changing. I originally started my meditation practice several years ago as a way of managing and coping with stress and found that I started to notice the benefits in a very short space of time.
What I found was that having a regular meditation practice gave me the chance to clear my mind of all the multitude of thoughts that I had flying around in there. It also allowed me to take a step back from what I was thinking, to mindfully detach from my thoughts. All too often I was finding myself believing what my thoughts were telling me and not being mindful to what actually was happening!
I found that throughout my day my mind would become increasingly more crowded with thoughts, making to do lists, shopping lists, worrying about what may or may not happen in the future etc.
The problem was two fold, firstly, I was attaching myself to my thoughts and secondly I was allowing myself to think about too many things. Meditation, for me, enabled me to take a step back and to clear my mind of all the daily clutter. After a bit of practice I was not only able to do this whilst sitting and meditating somewhere quiet but I was also finding it increasingly easier to implement these practices during my working day.
The result was I was more able to focus on the task at hand without being distracted by other unhelpful thoughts. My stress levels came down as I was worrying less about what might happen later on in the day and be more present on what was happening in the here and now.
I will write more about how to meditate in another blog but for now I just wanted to give you some advice on how to set up your own meditation practice.
1. Making a physical space to meditate.
It’s really important to make a calm and relaxed space in the place where you will be meditating. You don’t have to dedicate a whole room for mediating (but if you could that would be great!) but where ever it is I would recommend making sure that it is clear of clutter. How can you expect to clear your mind if you are sitting in the middle of an untidy cluttered space?
2. Making the time to meditate.
If you don’t already have a diary, get one, put ‘meditation time’ into it and commit to a regular practice. I would suggest spending no more than 30 minutes per day when you first start out. This does not mean that you need to be meditating for 30 minutes, far from it to stat with, but you will need to incorporate time in order to prepare. This means setting up the room, changing from your work clothes into something that you will be comfortable sitting in, making sure that you have had a drink, gone to the toilet, setting up any relaxing music etc. Ensure you have minimised possible distractions.
Also be aware of any thoughts that are likely to pop around sabotaging your plans and how you normally respond to them. These can include ‘I haven’t got the time’ or ‘I’m too tired’ etc. Make a commitment and stick to it.
3. Deciding on how you will meditate.
There are plenty of different ways in which you can meditate and I will be covering some of them in a later blog. I would suggest finding a very simple meditation which focuses on the breath, one which you can do for around 5 to 10 minutes.
Ultimately you will need to find someway that works for you and it is likely that you will also want to mix up your practice once you get more into it. But to start off with I suggest sticking with a very simple method. That’s the thing with meditating, it’s meant to be simple! There’s no need to over complicate it.
4. Empower yourself with knowledge
Read as much as you can about meditation and speak to others that have regular practices. You may also find it helpful to join a local group or meditate with a friend. Meditation should be something that connects you, to yourself, to others, to what is happening in your environment and to the ‘hear and now’.
Meditation can be a very powerful process which can be amplified by practising with others. It is natural to be put off going to groups when you are a beginner of anything but remember everyone started at the beginning at some point, it’s not a competition! There will be days when even the most experienced practitioner will struggle to maintain concentration.
5. Enjoy the process.
The most important aspect of meditation, I would argue, is the process itself. Be realistic and allow yourself to be guided by what you need in the moment. Like any skill, meditation will take practise and patience. My advice is to concentrate on the process of meditation and allow what ever happens after to just happen. This is not something to overthink, but to ‘just be with’.
The best way to learn meditation is to practice, practice practice!
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