23 Oct Having Trouble Quieting Your Mind? Here Are 3 Keys to Enhancing Your Meditation Experience
The ultimate outcome of meditation should always be the same: achieving a state of mental calm and clarity. How to actually do that differs from person-to-person, but there’s an array of techniques people employ.
It’s also important to keep in mind that there is no “right way” to meditate. Since it’s such a personal experience, different triggers work for different people. For example, someone may find their optimal meditative state through slow breathing exercises. Others can find that same calm through thinking about something that brings them peace. It all depends on the person and their individual context of calmness and clarity.
With that in mind, there are some common meditation techniques that have been successful for a large number of people. Mastering these techniques takes time and patience, but they can have a profound impact on one’s meditation experience if done well.
We spend so much of our daily lives moving around. From commuting to work to picking up groceries to hitting the gym for some exercise, sometimes, it seems like the only time we’re not moving is when we’re in bed. And even then, that’s debatable.
Staying still is a great way to start your meditation experience off right. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Well, you’d be surprised how difficult it is to actually stay still so you’re completely relaxed and not tense. This takes time to master and some people can never get as still as they want to at home or the gym.
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A lot of meditation experts will tell you how important breathing is to the process, and it makes sense. Think about when you’re in a state of panic, you start breathing uncontrollably and your heart rate jumps as a result.
Controlling your breathing is crucial to meditation. The best way to do that is by breathing as naturally as possible. Don’t fixate on trying to slow down your breathing because that can actually cause more anxiety and your breathing might even speed up. Instead, breathe as you naturally would, whether that’s a little slower or faster than what you think is average.
The key is that your breathing should be following a pattern. Once your breathing starts hitting peaks that go slower and faster, it’s easy to lose focus while meditating. A rhythm needs to be established, and the easiest way to do that is by breathing in the most natural way possible.
Free the Mind
The absence of thought is a best-case scenario when it comes to meditating. You want your mind to be like a blank canvas that’s in a state of being.
Of course, this is much easier said than done. Most people, even while meditating, always have something in the back of their mind. That absence of thought takes years to achieve and for some, “freeing the mind” can be translated differently depending on their context.
Freeing the mind can also mean freeing yourself of negative thoughts. You can think of things that comfort you, such as loved ones or even a personal happy place. It’s about getting away from the thoughts that bring stress and anxiety into your mind. If you’re successful in ridding yourself of those thoughts, then your meditation experience will already have a stronger starting point as a result.
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