Follow these expert tips to help get you started on your meditation routine and experience all the benefits of a well-balanced mind.
We’ve all heard the wonderful benefits of meditation. Janine Hall, relaxation coach and founder of award-winning Escape Haven wellness retreats in Bali and Byron Bay, says meditation will help you focus, gives you greater energy levels, makes you generally happier, makes you feel less anxious and can take years off you!
When you are starting out, your mind can easily wander. Here are Janine’s top tips to help you get started on your meditation routine.
Let’s get started! Whether you’re sitting on the floor, on a cushion or a chair, sit upright and make sure your spine is straight. A well balanced body equals a well-balanced mind, which makes it easier to connect with your breath. Try a few different positions until you find which is the most comfortable for you.
2.Establish a routine
Try to set aside a specific time every day to meditate. The quicker you get into a routine, the easier it will be to keep it up. You might find it easier to meditate in the morning when your mind is not filled with clutter. Make sure you do this before you switch on that phone or laptop!
3.Focus on your breath
The breath is the key to feeling calm and reviving your energy levels. Focus on your breath and pay attention to it. In our busy lives we tend to take shallow breaths, but when meditating, focus on breathing deeply from the belly. This will instantly restore calmness and relaxation.
4.Location, location, location
Make sure you find a tranquil place to meditate. Whether it’s your garden or bedroom, choose somewhere where there is little noise or where you will not get interrupted.
When it comes to how long you meditate for, focus on something that is achievable for you. For some it may be just a few minutes a day. Having a regular practice that you can commit to is far better than an irregular one with a longer length. Do what fits your life and commit to it. You’ll notice the benefits in no time!
6.Keep your focus
The main thing for meditation is to focus. Tune into your breath, let tension go with each exhale. When you notice your mind wandering, rather than try to squash the thought (it will only gain strength), acknowledge it, let it go and return to your breath. Simply return to your breath. If you are having difficulties settling your thoughts, connect with all your senses to anchor you in the now. What do you smell? What do you hear? What do you feel?
7.Enjoy the journey
It’s important to enjoy meditation because it truly brings so many positive benefits. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get it right the first time, and pace yourself. The more regularly you meditate, the easier it will become and you will be feeling the benefits in no time with friends asking why you look so radiant!