What are the most important meditation tips? I often hear that it is difficult to stick to a daily meditation routine. Before you know it, old habits kick in and we are ‘too busy’ to meditate on a regular basis. It is just like working out. We would like to work out more, we would like a healthier body but to get it we feel hindered and blocked. And just like working out, we would like to see quicker results so we can stay motivated. However, it’s a fact that we do not always see our results immediately. It is like a tiny seed planted in the ground, before we see the plant coming out of the ground we have to wait a certain amount of time for it to eventually see the surface. The following meditation tips will help you stay motivated. So you keep it up even if you don’t see the results just yet.
Meditation tip 1: Patience
Patience, patience, patience… It is one of the hardest things there is. Whenever you decide on something you want, you want it immediately. At least that’s the way it is for most people. We want quick results and think the results are more important than the way to get them. When this is the case for us, it is important to stop and stand still for a moment. Because if we don’t, we condemn the state in which we have not reached our results yet. But how do we stand still? Impatience comes with restless thoughts and a restless feeling in our bodies. When we observe these thoughts and feelings we already create more space for it to be and therefore already create a little bit of patience. So look at your thoughts, look at your feelings, look at your surroundings, look around and observe and all the while breathe. Right then and there you bring yourself in to the present moment and out of the judgmental thoughts and feelings that create the impatience. That’s how you train yourself to be more patient; by observing the impatience without judgment. Simple but effective.
Meditation tip 2: Trust
Our brains are built to take everything into consideration, to distrust and therefore evaluate whether or not the situation is safe for us. Especially with new situations all kinds of thoughts are formed to evaluate the situation. Lets take the first time you meditate for example. When we do not see immediate results or forms of relaxation, our minds will evaluate and be resistant: ” What is the point of this? or “I have better things to do with my time.” What you want to do then is soothe the mind a little. “It’s okay, even if there are no immediate results I trust it is good for me. I see that my mind wants to have an instant result and that’s okay.” Trusting the process of meditation is essential when you first start to meditate. Simply because quick results are rare.
Meditation tip 3: Discipline
There is an old saying in the zen tradition: “You should meditate everyday for 20 minutes, unless you are too busy, then you should meditate for an hour.” You can never achieve something without the process to it. That’s simple logic. Just like working out is the way to a healthier body, meditation is the way to a healthier, happier mind.