In one of our recent articles, “6 Natural Remedies For The Sophomore Slump“, we suggested meditation as a means of improving your lifestyle and become more relaxed. I realize, however, that meditation can be pretty scary, especially for those who have never attempted it. That’s why this article will serve as your ultimate guide on how to develop a positive relationship to the idea of meditation, and that way you’ll be able to make the most of your practice whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
Start with a guide
Guided meditations are amazing, and even people who have been practicing for years tell me that they enjoy listening to someone else help them through their relaxation. Whether you download an app like Calm, or listen to someone like Rebekah Borucki on YouTube, it can be reassuring to know that someone else is supporting through a practice that can be pretty vulnerable. I always recommend Calm because they have tons of free options, and paid ones if you become really ambitious. I also adore Rebekah Borucki because her YouTube channel is totally free, and her entire collection of videos inspires me to be a better version of myself.
Your Surroundings Matter
Although meditation is an internal practice, your external surroundings are extremely important when it comes to how successfully you’re able to relax. Take about 15 minutes before going to bed to make sure that your to-do list for the next day is set, your clothes has been put in the hamper, and that you’re generally pleased with the room that will greet you once you wake up. Remember, meditation isn’t just about the 10 minutes you set aside for your actually practice, it’s about how far its positive effects can reach throughout the day.
Comfort is Key
Being comfortable during a meditation is literally the most important thing in the entire world. If that means being scrunched up in bed, sitting tall on a desk chair, or lying on the grass at your favorite park, do what makes YOU happy. This is the only way you’ll reap all the rewards that this introspective practice offers, and it’ll feel that much better throughout your day.
Intentions can be both specific and abstract, ranging from “practice compassion,” to, “focus on my grades this semester.” These are very different intentions, but they can help orient you towards the most pressing questions in your mind at any given moment. Allow yourself to set intentions that will guide your practice and whatever stage in life you’re at, but don’t let those intentions overwhelm you. Think of them as lampposts that you have to drive past on the road towards your goals and dreams, and remember that just taking a moment to breathe deeply and reflect is another step towards getting there.