Get motivated with meditation

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Admit it – you don’t relax enough. Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of it. In fact, if it wasn’t for our body’s necessity to sleep, we’d probably never give ourselves the chance to recuperate and rest. And in this day and age with all of the distractions and responsibilities, it’s more important than ever to take a few moments each day even to just sit back, relax and breathe.

Meditation, unlike what we all tend to think, doesn’t have to mean sitting in an awkward position with some vanilla incense burning away in the background whilst we try our best to quiet our mind to the sound of the ocean. For those who aren’t used to silence or trying to relax your thoughts, it can be difficult, but I can promise you – once you’ve embraced it you will reap the rewards.

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Photo by Michael Sweet

Whether you’re facing a tough patch in your life or you’re just looking for a way to feel more at ease, meditation is for you. No matter how busy you think your schedule is, you can take a few moments each day to try some easy steps to cleanse your mind and organise your thoughts and priorities, simply by stepping back and allowing yourself to be calm. Ever found how when you walk away from a situation and you come back to it later (sometimes from a long sleep) and suddenly it doesn’t seem as bad any more? It’s the same idea. Have you ever considered that maybe the severity of the situation hadn’t changed but it was, in fact, the perception you had of yourself being able to handle the situation that changed?

Motivation, or a lack of it, is something we all experience. But, as the old cliché dictates, we are in complete control of what happens to us in our lives. And meditation is great because it helps you to relax and be confident and motivated about your decisions. I can guarantee that a decision made in haste won’t always work out, but a decision made after some alone time is something you won’t regret doing, e.g. think of Yoda – meditation definitely had to be one of his secret weapons!

On top of this, meditation has also been found to have the following benefits:

  • lower blood pressure
  • improved blood circulation
  • less anxiety
  • increased feelings of well-being
  • decreased stress

So here are a few tips to get you started…

1. Find a place that’s quiet and comfortable

You could be lying on your bed or sitting on the floor, out in the garden – whatever works for you. Don’t worry about having a completely silent environment as that’s sometimes near impossible, and the ability to drown out your environment and not allow external sounds to dominate your thoughts is actually a sign of successful meditation.

2. Be patient and start with just a few minutes at a time

Usually, the more anxious you are as an individual, the longer it will take you to get used to meditation. This could be because of stress and your impatience to see results. Start with just a few minutes at a time and just focus on slowing your breathing. Check out some meditation podcasts you can listen to.

3. Start with a mantra or focusing on a visual object

You may at first find it hard to clear your mind, but it’s important to focus on only one thought at a time. If you’re struggling, try breathing deeper and slower and close your eyes. If something is worrying you, try some mental exercises, for example visualising your problem as an object that you can put in a box and watch it float away. Allow your mind to open and go wherever your imagination takes you – almost like dreaming, except you’re in control and you’re awake. The more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it and feel comfortable with your thoughts and your ability to deal with them.

4. Try to meditate at the same time every day

Typically, we only really stick to something when it becomes a part of our routine. Doing it every day means that you’ll give yourself this time without allowing the day to get ahead of you. Even if you are feeling motivated, still do it, don’t only turn to it as a moment of “me time” during a rough patch – if things are going on and you’re having a good day, reflect on it, think about your goals and what you’re grateful for.

5. If it’s not for you, try some other relaxation techniques such as walking

If you find that it’s not quite for you, why not try taking a long walk to relax and have some alone time? It’s great to get out there and breathe the fresh air, as well as get some exercise. Experiment and see what works for you. Maybe it’s yoga or taking a run – as long as it motivates you and makes you feel more positive, energetic and in control as a result then it’s worth it!

meditation on rock

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