How to start a meditation practice

tips that might be useful for creating a personal meditation practice

One of the best ways to create and maintain an emotional balance is meditation. More and more people have been practicing meditation individually, in a group, un a community. If you think about joining the growing community of people who meditate every day, here are some little tips that might be useful for creating a personal meditation practice:

  • Choose a special place for meditation, whefe you feel comfortable and at peace; 
  • Choose your favorite clothing for meditation as you would do for a celebration or special ceremony. It might be any color you want. As you progress with meditation practices, you might want to change clothing colors, as a reflection of another step on your spiritual path; 
  • Direction of sitting: if you have an option in what direction to sit in during meditation, choose east or north direction, as they have a better energy flow. Choose comfortable sitting arrangement;
  • When you just start doing meditations, you probably won’t have good sense of timing. To avoid looking at the clock every minute (thinking that at least 10 minutes have already passed), it would be good to set a gentle reminder on your mobile phone as to the time when you want to finish the meditation or use any of the many meditation aid apps freely available;
  • There is an option to use hand gestures, called mudras, which can be easily found on the Internet. However, if you are new to the meditation practices, I would not recommend to try it because it might create tension in the hands or pose as yet another distraction for your mind, constantly checking your hands positions. Try them later when you get more comfortable with the basics; 
  • Some people like to start meditation practices from just 5 minutes and do incremental increases as they progress. From my experience, meditating for 5 or 10 minutes did not let me go into silence at all. Only when I started practicing meditation for 30 min or more, I could reach the point of stillness, as well as being rewarded with blissful, peaceful, tranquil state of mind and being.

 Do not criticize yourself if you could not find the still point where mind chatter ceases and true blissful peace begins - it will come with practice! Be gentle and grateful!