One of the most common blocks to successful meditation is, “I can’t make my mind be quiet.” That is absolutely normal and as a beginning meditator, here are some steps you may take to neutralize all these thoughts.
Find a quiet, comfortable spot where you won’t be disturbed for a few moments. Turn off your electronics and, if you like, play some peaceful (maybe classical) music. There are many good guided visualization CDs and downloads available as well.
Sit in a comfortable chair. If you lie down, you will probably go to sleep as the meditative state is where your brain goes before you sleep at night.
Take in several slow deep breaths. Notice where you may be tense in your body and imagine yourself breathing into that spot to relax it. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in an ideal situation: Maybe on vacation or enjoying time with those you love or anything that makes you feel good. Emotions follow thoughts. If you can’t keep thoughts out (in the beginning) at least you can make them pleasant. This will help you relax.
Sit for as long as you can. You may be able to do it for just a few moments at first. That’s okay. Consistency is the key to having meditation make a positive impact on your life. Make an appointment with yourself to meditate some each day. The time will increase as you become more and more comfortable “sitting and doing nothing”. As you notice the changes in your life that meditation creates, you will be more and more inclined to spend time in meditation. Some of these changes will include: less stress, more even tempered, more energy, happier relationships-the list goes on and on.
Try meditation for a couple of weeks. The benefits you notice will motivate you to continue your practice. Some of those benefits might include: a desire to eat healthy food to lose weight, better sleep habits and motivation to exercise to name just a few.
Check out a CD that will help you learn to meditate quickly, easily and deeply: http://www.livinglitenow.com/tapes-cds.htm
Katie Evans is the Founder of the Living Lite Hypnosis Centers