Learn Meditation To Find Joy, Happiness & Purpose In Your Life Journey!
June 12, 2022

To Make Meditation Easier, Ask These Four Questions...

Every day, I get questions from clients concerning their meditation difficulties. Many people are unsure what to do if their minds wander, they experience unpleasant feelings, their back or neck hurts, or their minds become preoccupied with anything other than their meditation signals.

What if they're not experiencing what's being described? What if they don't have the ability to visualize? What if, no matter how hard they try, they just can't seem to relax? I've identified four questions you may ask yourself before beginning your meditation practice to make it easier, more enjoyable, and successful.

To be successful in meditation, answer these four questions.

1. Describe your daily routine in detail.

This question is divided into two parts:

A) What approach are you employing?

B) What do you do if you get sidetracked from your technique and/or it doesn't appear to be working?

Let's start with the practice of meditation. While all forms of meditation entail some form of attention guidance, there are numerous meditation techniques. Before you begin your meditation practice, it's critical that you grasp the exact cues. To put it another way, you must know how to follow the procedures in the correct order.

This can help if you listen to guided meditation audio, at least until you've mastered the sequence. For example, you might begin by reminding yourself of your meditation objective, then go over posture cues, then pay attention to your breath or adopt another method of focusing on your inner experience, and finally, know what to do if you become distracted.

You've made the decision to meditate for a reason. You're meditating in order to achieve some sort of effect. It's critical to determine what you want to get out of meditation before selecting a technique that will help you achieve that goal.

Many people use meditation to relax their bodies, calm their emotions, quiet their brains, and connect to their inner wisdom, for example. These are excellent reasons to meditate, and meditation is one of the most effective methods for achieving them.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the steps involved in achieving those effects through meditation. This may lead individuals to believe the exercise is more difficult than it is, and/or give up before achieving their goals. In addition to the wonderful feelings you're looking for, it's critical to understand what happens during meditation.

Some of the things you'll feel during meditation may seem to contradict your expectations. When you first start meditating, you could notice how busy your mind is, how many emotions you have, or how tense your body is. It's natural to think, "Hey, this meditation isn't working," when you encounter these things.

This is, however, exactly how meditation works. When those or other experiences arise, the practice of meditation is to first recognize and accept them totally. Rather than attempting to eliminate distractions, you recognize, accept, and even welcome them.

The same goes for bad feelings, self-judgments, lower-back tightness, noise in your environment, or anything else. Accept everything as a normal part of the meditation process.

Just to be clear, whatever happens during your meditation, acknowledge it, accept it, and welcome it into awareness. Then you have the option of letting it go and returning to your meditation cues.

This deliberate, aware activity alters your relationship with whatever is going on inside and around you. You recognize that you have a choice in how you respond to whatever happens. This is a powerful discovery that has the potential to transform your life!

Knowing your meditation cues and what to do if you stray from them will make your meditation practice a lot more peaceful, easy, and fruitful. You'll realize that anything that happens during meditation is normal and acceptable, and you'll be able to choose to observe it, let it go, and return to your meditation cues. You'll see the wonderful effects of your practice as you perform it over and over.

2. When are you going to practice?

I believe that meditating first thing in the morning can help you transition into a more mindful, intentional mentality for the rest of the day. Another good time to meditate is shortly before bedtime, to decompress from the day and make the transition to sleep easier. Meditation can sometimes provide a welcome reprieve from a stressful day.

It is beneficial to have one constant time set out for meditation every day in order to maximize the effectiveness of your meditation. On a daily level, this brings tranquility, presence, and clarity into your life. Every 24 hours, whatever you do becomes a consistent component of your baseline experience in the world.

When you do something once a day, it's a lot easier to go back to it anytime you need to. Decide ahead of time when and for how long you will meditate each day, and change your plan as you learn what works best for you.

3. Where are you going to meditate?

Establish a designated location for your practice. Make sure your surroundings are suitable for meditation for a more productive and joyful practice.

For example, meditate in a quiet, secluded location with plenty of fresh air, a comfortable seat, and few interruptions. Turn off your phone and inform others that you're taking some "quiet time" so they don't bother you.

4. What are the resources you'll need to be effective in your practice?

Make sure you have everything you'll need in advance and at the practice venue. For instance, you'll require a comfy seat with the appropriate height.

You'll need an mp3 player if you're listening to guided audio. Perhaps you'd like some motivational images or quotations to get you started. If you don't have a peaceful setting, white noise, such as a fan, can help to drown out background noise. Make sure you have all of your supplies in the appropriate place before you start.

Your meditation will be a lot easier and more successful if you answer all four of these questions and do what is required before sitting to practice.