- Know why
Before you jump into the project “meditating”, take a short look at your motives world of feng shui. Think carefully about why you want to meditate or meditate: Do you want to treat your children more patiently; do you want to question your intuition about a pending decision, or help you deal with a chronic condition? The more specific you formulate your reasons or goals; the more motivated you will approach your meditation practice. And stay there even if you struggle with initial difficulties or do not immediately get the desired effect.
If you want, write down the target that you want to reach with the help of meditation on a piece of paper and hang it up as a motivational aid in your meditation corner.
- Find the right technique
There are many different meditation techniques. Whether you practice dynamic Kundalini meditation for a strong heart daily, attend the evening meditation at the Buddhist center around the corner, or just focus on your breath for a few minutes, it is important that you feel comfortable in your meditation. And from the beginning: you should choose the technique that is easiest for you and seems immediately conclusive. In order to find the right method, you may need to research a bit: attend meditation classes, read books, try out apps … Maybe the short meditation will inspire you in your yoga studio? Or have you always found a certain mantra, tradition or teacher great?
- peace, tranquility, peace
To meditate successfully, you have to be able to concentrate. But as a meditation beginner, this is not so easy when the postman rings, the dryer beeps or cries the child (even if it is currently well looked after by grandma and grandfather).
That’s why the motto for successful meditation is “peace, quiet, tranquility”.
For your meditation, choose a time when you are undisturbed: the children from the house or in bed, the doorbell and the phone, the curtains closed.
Well suited are the early morning hours and the phase directly before going to bed. If you meditate at these times, that will reduce the noise pollution from the outside (unless you live in New York / Rio / Tokyo). In addition, the hustle and bustle of the day has not yet begun or is over – it makes it easier to switch mind and body to meditation.
- Expect first: nothing
Everything is easier to handle if it is not burdened with too high expectations. Of course, wanting to meditate on “successful” is also an expectation. So our tip: To successfully meditate, you must stop meditating successfully.
Most of us do not hover 10 centimeters above the ground during their first meditation attempts. This is a bit of a shame – hovering is definitely fun! – But luckily not a broken leg.
Ignoring expectations has two advantages: First, you do not put yourself under pressure and therefore you do not spend all of your time on any extraordinary inner experiences (or your transformation to the fully enlightened supreme yogi). On the other hand, you can better perceive the effect your meditation actually has on you. Maybe you look a bit clearer now in stressful situations, take time to breathe deeply and do not always react, but consciously decide how you want to act? Much better than float!
- The more regular, the easier
Last but not least: Hardly anything makes meditation so much easier as regularity. If you meditate in the same place daily at the same time, body and mind automatically adjust after a while to meditate. You will then realize that you already have a basic concentration and focus on meditation and therefore it is easier for you to get started.
So, find the perfect place for your meditation (there should always be everything you need, meditation pillows, blanket, etc.) and set the best time for meditation. And then just sit down. Every day. And if only for 5 minutes – 5 minutes a day makes more sense than 35 minutes once a week!