So many clients ask me what the ‘secret’ is to meditating. Well the secret is, there is no secret. Meditation is a very natural state for us to be in and in order to do it regularly, you just need to set some time and space aside where you can just be.
Of course, there are countless techniques and methods which you can bring into your meditation practice but if you are a beginner, the most important thing us to take time to just focus upon your breathing.
Meditation is simply about clearing your mind of scattered thoughts and bringing your awareness onto one thing. In order to develop a meditative practice, it is good to create some routines which will ensure your success.
Things to consider:
Space – If possible, have a dedicated meditation space. If you cannot dedicate a certain area of your home to meditating, have meditation items which you can bring out to remind create the right atmosphere.
Altars – Some people have altars which can contain anything your wish that inspires you, crystals, candles, deities, photographs, whatever inspires you to get into that meditative state can go on your alter.
Cleanse – As with any energy work, it is best to clear an area of stagnant or negative energy before you commence meditation, this can be doing by burning an incense stick.
Crystals – You may also want to have crystals around you or even in your hand when you meditate. Labradorite offers protection so is very good for meditation, but see what stones you are drawn to and how the alter your experience.
Clothing – It is recommended that you have loose, comfortable clothing.
Hygiene – As with cleansing the room, it is also a good idea to wash before meditating to cleanse your own energy.
Stomach – It is said that it is best to meditate on an empty stomach.
Distractions – Ensure you are somewhere where you will not be distracted by other people or noises.
Timer – To begin with, some people like to set a timer for their meditations.
Whether you choose to sit, stand or lie is entirely up to you, however there are some basic posture requirements.
Firstly, you need to be comfortable, so please do not ever force your body into a position in which it is just not comfortable.
If you choose to sit, either on a chair, cushion or mat, it is best to ensure your spine is as straight as possible. Imagine your spine connecting to your crown and using it as an antennae to the energy above.
It is important that energy can flow freely around your body so let arms and legs relax. If you choose to sit in lotus position, then try to ensure your feet are horizontal to each other.
If you ever feel like you have too much going on in your head, are dizzy, over thinking, over anxious, light headed or are saying things like ‘It’s doing my head in’, ‘I’m all over the place’, ‘My feet haven’t touched the ground’; then the chances are you are not grounded. This means that all of your energy is whizzing around the top section of your body and very little is reaching the solar plexus and below.
When this happens we can become irrational, exhausted, over emotional, have headaches and more.
If we are grounded however, our energy flows freely around our bodies helping us be more in the moment, calmer and more peaceful.
Before commencing any meditation, it is a good idea to ground yourself using a visualisation. When you come out of a meditation, you may feel light headed. If this happens, drink water, take deep breaths and use a grounding crystal. My favourite is red jasper which is incredibly powerful. Placing them on your feet for a minute or so can ground you rapidly.