What is meditation?
There are different types of meditation and when attempting to begin a meditation practice you may find yourself overwhelmed over which one really works. Meditation is defined by Webster dictionary as the act or process of spending time in quiet thought. As the popularity of meditation grows that simple definition may have made the process of learning and adapting a practice meditation more complicated for the novice especially anyone leading a busy life with career and kids. While choosing a practice may seem difficult once you begin to meditate you may wonder how you lived without it. There are several things you might want to consider as you consider committing to a meditation practice.
Its simple…meditation can positively impact every area of your life! If you want to improve your overall outlook and live a better life, give meditation a try. Give yourself 21 days of consistent meditation and watch your life change.
What type of meditation works best?
The best type of meditation is the one you actually do. I spent a year hosting a meditation group and found out many of the people in the group did not meditate regularly. They invested a considerable amount of time,10 days to be exact, learning a specific process of meditation only to leave the training and return to their previous daily routines. Meditation, like anything else requires commitment for results. Some people are comfortable meditating an hour a day and for others that simply is not feasible. Fifteen minutes a day may be all you need to experience the benefits. The benefits of meditation will amplify with the amount of time you spend engaged in the activity of mindfulness. Meditation is an activity that requires shutting out the world and going within. It can be easy and life changing.
Practical meditation tools
Meditation is a practice and like any practice to achieve a goal it requires time and perhaps patience. Time is probably one of the most important tools needed for meditation and also one of the most feared tools. Time is something people fear they lack the most and the common objection to beginning a meditation practice is “I don’t have time”. Studies show that meditation actually improves the perception of time. After practicing meditation most people report they feel they have more time. Meditation is best done on a schedule, preferably at the same time everyday in the same place. This is important to consider if you have a spouse, significant other, pets or kids. If possible try to wake up early before everyone else. You stand a better chance of not being disturbed and it can be easier to get into the positive routine first thing in the morning. It may also be a good idea to have a designated space for meditation. The space could be a guest room, closet or out on the balcony as the sun is beginning to rise or someplace not so glamorous like the bathroom. It may seem odd but the bathroom is a great place to unwind. Have you ever heard the expression he/she can’t be disturbed…because they are in the bathroom? No argument there! After that statement there is usually no further explanation needed. You might even consider a hanging door sign like the ones used at hotels. Inform everyone at home when the sign is up you are not to be disturbed. Be creative. The most important thing is that you have a designated space and the time scheduled to meditate.
Hypnosis and meditation
Metaphysical or spiritual hypnosis can be a great meditation hack especially for those who find it difficult to shut out the mental chatter. In just one session you can experience what it feels like to shut out the outer distractions and mental chatter that is predominate in everyday life. The experience can be a great introduction to establishing your meditation. Choose a practitioner who has a regular meditation practice and can answer any questions you may have and help alleviate any fears by providing support through personal experience.