Meditation has a lot of meanings – transforming the mind, a state of deep peace, a state of consciousness, or a cessation of the thought process. But the beauty of meditation is that is whatever you want it to be. However you interpret meditation and apply it to your own being allows you to make the practice completely your own.
Meditation is great for combatting stress, as an excellent opportunity to organize your thoughts. Use meditation to give your brain the break it deserves – a chance to step back from the laundry list of things pulling you in every direction.
Whether you are new to meditation or find the time to practice it every day, here are a few of the best ways to effectively meditate and reap the benefits.
Find a quiet place with minimal distractions.
Do it first thing each morning. It’s best to meditate as soon as you’re awake, and before you become distracted by your daily tasks at hand.
Count your breaths. Concentrate on your breath and free your mind.
Don’t worry about clearing the mind. Meditation is not about stopping all thoughts completely, just about practicing the focus you give to certain thoughts.
Choose a mantra. A few common mantras include “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” “I am that I am,” or “I change my thoughts, I change my world.”
Come back when you wander. Your mind will wander – and that’s completely normal! When you notice your mind wandering, count to “one” again and bring yourself back.
Start small, with just two minutes a day, and increase gradually as it becomes more routine and natural.