Meditation is a relaxation technique that calms your mind and gives you clarity when you are stressed. It is like exercise for the soul, clearing your perception of the negative thoughts and focusing on the positives as a way of maintaining your mental health and gaining an introspective look into your subconscious. By meditating, you can figure out the solution to a problem or get rid of your anger and stress.
Meditation is not just “thinking hard” about something. It is a mental discipline that helps your mind to untangle the many thoughts it processes every day and gain insight into problems. It is a general exercise for your mental health.
The place you choose to meditate on is significant and has to be chosen with careful consideration. It has to be somewhere you feel comfortable and safe, if possible, anywhere with a door that locks. In this space, there shouldn’t be clutter and visual distractions.
A simple, comfortable cushion for sitting and a calm focal point (like a calming piece of art or a plant or a candle) are necessary for your meditation space. Additionally, if you want to focus on music or sounds, it should have a system where you can play the music you need. Some people go further to spritz the area with calming lavender water and incense. You could also include books that help you to focus and encourage you, based on your faith and experience.
No matter how busy you are, to efficiently meditate you have to carve out a portion of the day when you are less harried and not likely to be distracted. It might seem like your day starts the moment your feet hit the ground, but how about waking up a half-hour before you have to and taking that alone time as your meditation time?
It could be at the beginning of your day (giving you a boost of peace and clarity you can carry through the day) or at the end of the day when you can de-stress and regain your calm, so that you can go to bed and wake up feeling rejuvenated. It can even be in the middle of the day when things seem to be at their most hectic. Whenever it is, choose a time that you can maximize without interference.
Focusing on a repetitive sound can help to clear your mind of wandering thoughts. The sound has to be soothing; it will gradually fill your mind, and you can explore the depths of your consciousness freed of mental distractions.
Approach meditation with an open mind, not with the intent to gain something. The reward of meditation does not have to be what you want out of it, the act of meditating in itself is very profitable to your mind. Going to meditate because you want to remember something or some other motive and focusing on that alone will put your mind under undue stress, and you might not be able to relax.
Be open, be free, channel your thoughts, and you will notice the great effects in the calmness of your spirit and the clarity of your mind.