When people think of meditation, many people envision a monk chanting "om" over and over OR an individual with years of practice and dedication to the practice.
Meditation is much more than this - it's a tool that is available to EVERYONE. You don't have to live in an Ashram and you don't need to dedicate hours of your day to the practice. Instead, meditation can last as long as 1-2 mins.
So what is Meditation?
Meditation is focusing our attention on the present moment. It is about being actively aware of your present thoughts, feeling and actions without judging them in any way.
It isn't about forcing yourself to stop thinking.
Meditation is the practice of learning not to dwell or judge these thoughts and simply observe. Do they serve you or can you let them go? Eventually with practice drawing your attention back to a present task for long periods of time. E.g. your breath, a mantra, the body etc.
It is important to consider that the practice of meditation is different for each person and therefore there are plenty of different options that help you to focus and guide your attention inwards.
If you're new to the practice, I encourage that you trial a range of different styles to see which resonates with you the most - https://positivepsychology.com/meditation-techniques-beginners/
Whichever you choose, the most important thing is you set yourself a time for your practice and create a safe space
Point 1 - Find a comfortable seat
There is no "right" or "wrong" way to position yourself for meditation. Comfort is key when meditating. Listen to your body and choose between being seated in a chair, on the floor or lying down. Do what feels best.
Point 2 - The best time to meditate
The best time, is the time that works for you. You can meditate at any time of the day but in order to establish a routine, it is encouraged to meditate at the same time each day. This will help you establish a routine and ensure that you do it every day.
Point 3 - Choose a designated space to meditate
The beauty of meditation is that you can do it anywhere. Although when starting off it is encouraged in order to help establish the habit that you find a space that is quiet and feels comfortable for you to settle into meditation.
1. Uncluttered spaces
2. Natural light
3. Cushions to sit on or lie with
4. Incense, Candle, Essential Oils or Plants
To make your meditation practice extra comfortable you might also like to grab a blanket, a jumper, eye pillow, A timer and a tea.
Check out Three Point Yoga's guided meditations here