From my experience working clients, I have found that many people have such busy lives that switching from a mind full of thoughts and activity to emptiness is likely to be an unrealistic expectation. What seems to be more productive for some of us is being able to experience and explore different methodologies of meditation.
If we want to create balance in our lives it is beneficial to take time to tune in, reflect and even contemplate our thoughts and emotions. Meditation is only one of the many ways to bring about balance.
Some of us will connect more deeply with one method of meditation to another, so it’s important to find what works for you. I would like to share helpful tips to aid your meditation practice.
Tip one: Set realistic targets
To start incorporating meditation into your daily life we recommend setting a sensible goal. Consider your ability to set aside 15 minutes, a couple of times a day. During this time focus on your breathing, listening in to a recorded meditation, or something that you can readily use and tap into to help you bring about that sense of balance.
Tip two: Tailor your meditation
The target is to make the commitment to self …the commitment to self-being to take the time for you. What I have found from my clinic work is to tailor a meditation to whatever the client is working through at that point in time seems to be extremely beneficial.
So rather than listening to something generic, we guide them to hone in specifically on whatever the priority is for them using different forms of meditation, active or passive, that really seems to resonate with exactly what it is they’re looking to get clarity on or to work through.
Tip three: Don’t judge your success
Most importantly, please do NOT judge your success in meditating. I’ve often heard clients saying they are “not good at meditating” when really there is no such thing. Meditation requires practice, patience, and understanding, some days you’ll be able to go deeper into your practice and some days you will find it more challenging.
Tip four: Don’t give up
I encourage you not to give up. Explore the many different methods of meditation and find out what works for you. Start by committing to the 15-minute time slot and allow yourself time to find ways that will help you gain clarity, peace of mind, focus or whatever it is that you’re looking for that enhances your daily life.
Below is a simple 15-minute meditation you might like to try. This meditation is focused around the respiratory system and guided by our founder Hazel Ruby;
So please give more thought to this. And if we can help you by steering you on the path to finding a methodology, or various methodologies that work for you, then please get in touch as we look forward to helping you make meditation a part of your everyday life.
Finally, in the words of one of my clients “I don’t seek mindfulness, my mind is full enough to start with” – the message here is at all times hang on to your sense of humour!!