I hope that everyone is having an incredible day, and is sharing love and light with everyone around them.
Today, I’m focusing on my meditation practices, which is an area that is very difficult for me to grasp, but I have made the commitment to work on it every day until I can meditate for a certain amount of time, and just focus on my breath, while pushing everything else out of my head.
When I meditate, there’s a few things that I try to focus on. One thing that has helped me focus on this is building a list, which will prioritize my focus. See my list below for what has helped guide me through my meditations.
1. Focus on my breath, and only my breath. Listen to the sound of my breath as I breathe in and out. What does it sound like when I breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. Concentrating on the rhythm of my breath is very big for me.
2. Finding a happy place. Every person’s happy place is going to be different. I once had a meditation guru tell me that a happy place is like a ‘workshop.’ He said that you have to find your workshop by figuring out where you are going to be very happy. For example, if you love being at the beach, or in the ocean, that can be the start of finding your happy place. If you are happiest sitting on a porch-swing on your front porch, then that’s the start of finding your happy place. My advice is to keep your workshop of happy place a secret for only yourself to know of.
3. If I am having trouble meditating, then I need to make sure that I give my best effort to try to get back to a good meditation before I give up for the day. Meditation is so difficult that I often times get out of it very quickly because something pops up in my brain that I start thinking about. Getting back to clearing your head before you end your daily meditation work is critical to furthering your ability to meditate.
4. Journal about my meditation. I have started to do this in the past two weeks, and it has incredibly helped my practice. When I write about my experiences, I can look at what I went through in the short or long time that I was attempting to meditate, and make adjustments or think about alternatives to help me get better.
5. Realize that I’m never going to be perfect. Meditation, just like anything else in life, will teach you to fail and learn from your failures more than a lot of things that you will experience. Making sure that you understand that any meditation is not perfect, but is simply a mind-clearing practice is essential to getting better at this.
Those are the five things that I like to focus on daily, and it makes me concentrate where I normally wouldn’t without writing down a list, or thinking about it before I begin my practice.
I hope this has helped you either create or maintain a meditation practice, and that you show yourself some love today.