3 ways to include meditation in your daily schedule
Learning to meditate will increasingly support our control over everyday emotions, controlling the levels of anxiety, fear, and reducing stress. So how to start meditating?
The state of meditation, in which one can reach the sense of happiness, in a wellbeing balance that is nurtured from within, is something that wont be reached in the first time we decide to close our eyes and focus on our breathing. But it will eventually begin to show as the practice grows and becomes consistent. As in every other task or goal in our life, the best way to begin is to find proper guidance. In meditation this guidance will come in the form of a teacher even if there are other sources of meaningful information that can help us get started. Here are 3 ways to include meditation in your daily schedule:
#1 Direct your conscient thoughts to the idea of meditation
Having a blank mind is an impossibility for the non-meditating human. We just can’t seem to be able to keep the thoughts from jumping into our mind and taking over our attention. If the brain is unwilling to calm-down, then start to nurture the thought of meditating and learn more about the subject by reading. "The Sacred Tradition of Yoga" offers a view on the philosophy and practices for a spiritual life in the modern times. Even if just with 10 or 15 minutes a day, focusing the brain on these ideas, and learning more about what it takes to have a yogi and happy life. Use your lunch hour to read and relax a bit or make the most of the time you spend commuting by finding enlightenment in the teachings of this book. If you can calmly close your eyes and bring your concentration to the depth of your breathing for a mindful break, do so a make the most of your time.
#2 Follow the tide
It’s hard to decide to quiet the mind if you’re in the middle of a hurricane of ideas, interruptions, conversations. There is no one time to meditate but there are times where the results of the practice will be more clear and immediate. Like a sailor that knows its better to wait for the best tide to sail, so should we wait for the times of day and the times of our human nature to decide to meditate. Sun rise and sunset are the times of day where nature itself invites us to contemplate a different state – not awake, not sleeping – meditating. Of course, sometime is better than no time at all, so if all you’ve got is some minutes before bed, than that is what you should do. Commit to taking 10 to 20 minutes before bed time to focus on the present time, be thankful for the things you’ve accomplished in your day and eventually clear your thoughts and quiet the mind. Keep your breathing deep, silent and nasal throughout all practice. This will get you ready to rest your head in your pillow and fall asleep easy.
#3 Early Morning
It might seem to be difficult to decide to wake up when the sun does. But if the end result of this resolution is the ability to find inner happiness and peace, then it seems like a really good bargain. If you can’t follow this rhythm, then commit to taking 20 minutes (or as long as it feels comfortable) to meditate when you wake-up. Open your eyes, stretch and yawn. Sit-down next to your bed or move to your meditation area. Don’t forget to cover your back with your meditation blanket or coat, it needs to keep you comfortable enough so that your mind doesn’t set-off alarms of being too cold or uncomfortable. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Bring your attention to the forehead, between your eyebrows. As the practice persists and its learnings are received, this blissful state will ‘feed’ the entire day.