Sunday, September 22, 2013

9 Tips on Setting up a Successful Meditation Practice

In todays fast paced stressful world the main reason people report for not meditating is time. There always seems to be something more urgent on the horizon in our busy, demanding lives.

Ironically, Psychology Today notes that neuroscientists have found that meditation decreases negative effects from stress, depression, and fear (1).

This not only benefits your overall health, but your peace of mind and your daily productivity. Setting just a few minutes aside to meditate can mean that your more balanced, calm, focussed and happy throughout the rest of the day.
The decision that needs to be made in regards to time is simply a choice to make the time because you believe its worth it.

1. Seek Guidance

Meditation, although a fairly simple practice, doesn’t always come naturally. It’s the antithesis to how we’re conditioned to think and act in this busy day and age. A good, qualified instructor can be a huge benefit in helping you get started. For quality meditation practice, its essential to get the basic foundations of practice correct.

Look for a workshop, class or retreat where you can ensure that experienced teachers will provide you with the basic information you need. A good coach will guide you through and answer questions.

2. Find the Right Fit

There is more than one way to meditate. If your thinking of setting up a long term regular home practice you may consider having a period of exploration into different types of meditation techniques before settling on your chosen practice. Different meditation types suit different types of people.

You may enjoy mantra meditation, breath meditation, or other types of seated practice.Yoga Nidra is another wonderful and very popular form of relaxation and meditation. Then there are also movement meditations like taichi, qi gong and some types of yoga.