Have you experienced any of the following:
-anxiety over making decisions
-dwelling over criticism
-can’t relax even though you are doing something relaxing
If so, meditation can be an enormous help to you. Meditation helps to put you in the driver’s seat of any circumstance or situation instead of fear or anxiety. This article is helpful if you are completely new to meditation and want to start OR if you may be practicing and you’ve experienced challenges.
What is the best thing to wear when meditating?
On one hand there is nothing that you can’t meditate in. On the other hand, you can set yourself up for the best possible experience by consciously choosing what to wear when meditating. I feel most comfortable when wearing loose clothing. I have many “tights” from years of practicing vinyasa, while I find tights nice to practice vinyasa in, they drive me crazy when I meditate. All I can focus on is how tight they feel. Go loose and comfortable when it comes to meditating. One of my favorite purchases recently is theMantra Pant by prAna. Very comfortable and perfect for meditation!
What do I need?
Something to sit on. This could be as simple as a chair. You may also want to try cross legged or kneeling. If you sit cross-legged, you want your hips to be equal in height or higher than your knees. This may mean sitting on a folded blanket, bolster, or cushion. Note: Women, if you choose to sit on a cushion, the best possible is filled with corn husk hulls. It is much more comfortable for our body proportions. I notice my low back aching when I sit on a cotton filled cushion.
Some Tips for Meditating:
1) It is a PRACTICE. There is a misconception that meditation is something people are “good” at right away. Everyone is different, but the general rule is that it takes practice for meditation to feel good vs feel like work. Drop the judgement and self-critiques. Those will only prevent you from practicing.
2) Don’t compare. I frequently hear students comparing themselves to other people, while it is okay to observe where other people are at, comparison or wishing your practice was different than what it is bad news. You will still benefit from the practice even if it isn’t textbook.
3) Make it a regular. When it comes to meditation more is better. Daily is best.
4) Do not expect instant results. While you may notice changes when you start meditating, game-changing results take time.
5) You don’t need to MAKE anything happen. When meditating you are not trying to create something. You follow a technique (different depending on the style), and then allow whatever happens to happen. The same meditation effects people differently. Allow yourself to have your own unique experience.
Want to try? Here’s a sample meditation for you!