Meditation is no rocket science and sitting in silence or going into a trance is not the only way of doing meditation either. Here are a few dos and don’ts.
The first step is to stop saying that you don’t have time
We are all busy with our careers and other obligations in life and sometimes we just can’t escape it. But we can take out five minutes a day to stop and breathe. To begin with, go slow and try to be a little flexible. You can also try mindfulness meditation. For example when you’re eating, eat slow and try to concentrate on the flavours or taste of the food. When walking, try counting the number of breaths you take. These small changes can help you be a more calm and composed person.
Would rather do something more productive
Meditation is not just about sitting and thinking. You can read and meditate or even chant. There are so many ways of meditating, and all you need to do is find the one which works best for you. You can also find ample guided meditations on the internet that give you something to focus on and help you develop your practice.
This is no quick-fix solution to your problem
Don’t look at meditation as an immediate solution for your problems. No doubt it is an effective way to deal with stress and worries, but meditation should not be taken up with the idea that your troubles would be resolved in no time.
Don’t do it alone
For beginners it’s advisable to do it in a group, because doing it alone can be quite discouraging and hard. Meditation requires a lot of concentration and effort, so it is better if you do it with others who have been practicing it for sometime, so they can guide you.
Meditation apps can be quite helpful
There are apps like ‘calm’ and ‘headspace’ can be a big help if you are a beginner. No doubt there’s a lot of information on the internet and it’s easy to get confused. Try to pick ones that are highly rated and keep experimenting with them. Soon you will find your way; it is all about hit and trial because mediation works differently for different people.
Credit goes to: Arushi chaturvedi