How to Meditate
Updated: May 5
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Meditation is a great way to tune into your mind and body. When you bring your mind into a state of open awareness, you can use it as a tool to check in with yourself, relax, and bring about a positive mindset.
There are many different types of meditations and ways to do them. I've outlined here a general list of steps so you can get started.
How to Meditate
Be sure to use the restroom, eat if hungry, drink some water before you begin so these sensations don’t interrupt your session.
Pick an uninterrupted period of time. Start with just a few minutes and work up to it. The best times to meditate are first thing in the morning or before bed. However, I’ve found it can work any time of day as long as I have a quiet place. Make sure whoever is home with you knows not to be loud or interrupt you. Keep pets away whenever possible.
If sitting in complete silence seems awkward, I recommend a guided meditation. Download a free app. My favorite app is Stop, Breathe and Think but many also like Calm. A bunch of different options out there so experiment to find one you like. You could also just download some ambient meditation or spa music.
Sit in a comfortable position in a quiet room, preferably dark or with dim light. You can lie down, but you may fall asleep.
Diffusing a calming essential oil, such as lavender, may also help you relax, but isn’t needed.
Play the music, app, or sit in silence. I prefer to meditate with eyes closed but you could opt to soften your focus on a spot in front of you.
Allow any thoughts that pass through your mind to do so. Acknowledge the thought but don’t dwell on it. Let the thought come into your mind, then float away. This is the part that takes some practice. More thoughts will come in, but redirect your focus to the meditation and keep your intention and awareness.
Let time pass without thinking about how much time has gone by. When you have just a limited time, set a timer or select a meditation that fits your schedule so you don’t drift off!
Don't worry if you think you're not "doing it right". There is no wrong way if you're able to relax. Meditating becomes easier with practice.