How to Meditate at Home!
Meditation is something that is great for the mind, body, and soul. It can help you focus, relax, get through any uncertain emotions, and uncertain times. It’s always a good stop gap to pause and calm the mind in trying times. Not everyone knows how to meditate though, it can feel confusing, and hard to not be able to completely lose yourself in your mind and relax. Here’s the thing though, it’s not really going to be like that for most people. The mind wanders, and that;s okay. We’re going to go through some tips and tricks on how to meditate that don’t put too much pressure on you to get it ‘right’. We hope they can help you as they have definitely helped us.
Firstly you want to pick a good time, and a good place to do it. Find a time where you don;t have plans, there’s not a lot of loud things going on around you. Find a good spot where you feel comfortable, and not too rigid. Sometimes people enjoy meditating lying down, and you can do that too. There are a lot of breathing exercises you can do whilst meditating, so if you change your mind about the best spot for you, that’s okay. If you want to get it into your routine, pick a time every day you know you’ll be free and set an alarm on your phone to remind you to meditate. This will help you fall into the routine easier.
You want to just stay in that spot for a couple minutes, get used to the space and how you’ve positioned yourself. Don’t force your idea of getting into meditating immediately. Our brains can’t shut off that quickly. Check into how you are feeling. What sort of things are running through your head right now. Where does all of your focus go to right now? How does your body feel? Don;t ignore any of those feelings or focuses as they will help you address them whilst meditating.Meditation isn’t so you forget, it’s so that you can calm, relax, and realise where your focus should lie.
Now take the time to breathe, take slow breaths in through the nose, and out through the mouth. Don't force a time to breathe, just do what feels comfortable, slow it down gradually to where you feel comfortable in how you’re positioned. A good step next is to do a body check. Go from the top of your head all the way down to your toys. Without moving. Yes, without moving. Focus on how you;re body feels, where your arms are, feel the weight of them, and do this all across the body. Sometimes these things feel ridiculous, but they help you bring focu to you;re body and what it is feeling. Your mind may wander and thta;s okay, just don’t run too far with it, bring it back to how your body checks.
Once you have done a body check, focus on your breathing again. You can start counting breaths, count up to ten, follow it from your nose to your lungs, and back again. Focus solely on that for ten breaths, or more or less if that works for you. You should be able to start losing that stress, and focusing solely on your inner self, body, and how it is working. This is all practise right now, you won;t be perfect the first time, or the first ten times. Minds go off to other places, because we’re human, it is expected. Just take the time to calm, and relax.
Figure Out what your goal is for your meditation, what you want to understand, what you want to learn about yourself and your body. At first you may not know where to start and what you want and that’s okay. There are so many apps that have guided meditation you can follow. There have all ranges of sounds to follow, plus they can have soothing voices that remind you to come back into space. They can range from 3 minutes to 15 minutes. They can offer achievements for how many days in a row you meditate and what meditations you;ve taken part in.
If you are unsure how to meditate we hope this blog has helped with a couple tricks and tips on how to relax and getting into that mindset ready. There is no clear cut way to meditate, it is always down to you. Let us know how you meditate and how it works for you.