Pages Navigation Menu

Your Resource for Mindful and Alternative Living

5 Practical Meditation Tips for All Who Sit Still

Meditation may be the single greatest tool for cultivating awareness and setting a strong psychological foundation, yet many people (including myself) still find it a difficult habit to get into. I have compiled some of the most practical meditation tips to help you get started or take your practice to a new level.

MAKE it part of your daily routine.

Just like any habit, integrating meditation into your daily routine will allow more space for your practice. SIT with it. I have found the best time to meditate is shortly after I’ve woken up, right after some light yoga/stretching. The stillness of meditation is a good contrast after the body has been active. For this reason, other good times to insert your practice would be after a workout or right before bed. 

Meditate in a dark and quiet place.

I have found that meditating in the darkness of my closet has helped immensely. It is much easier to focus on my internal world when nothing is going on in the external world. “Look” at the darkness in a detached but curious manner. “Listen” to the silence in the same way. In this space will likely come thoughts or visualizations. Try not to give them your attention, remaining focused on the darkness and silence in itself.

Try guided meditations

Especially if you are new at meditation or haven’t done it for a while, guided meditations can help you make it a regular and effective practice. When I first started meditating, it was difficult to sit in silence, so I turned to recorded guided meditations. The best resource for meditations I have found was through the app “Calm”, which also help you track the date and length of time spent meditating. Even if you already practice meditation regularly, guides that teach a certain technique can help you to deepen your practice. For example, Yoga Nidra can help improve bodily awareness.

Shift from thinking to feeling

Focus on feeling can help take your attention away from distracting thoughts. This is the basic premise of Yoga Nidra, as mentioned above. Normally, our attention is fixated on our thoughts, and shifts to emotions and sensations when they are strong enough to take our attention. Meditation is one method of training ourselves to be more sensitive to subtle energies. Being able to shift our attention to whatever is going on below the threshold of our thoughts helps us to improve our overall awareness.

Use proper breath and posture

Although there are several variations of posture, and many breathing techniques, it isn’t a bad idea to begin with traditional techniques. Take a look at this illustration below for detailed instructions about. This is a great example of how to use visualization in a productive, rather than distracting, way.

For more on breathing techniques, check out our post The Yoga of Pranayama: Working with the Breath

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *