3 Ways To Improve Your Meditation Practice Today

If you were perfect at focusing your thoughts, there would be no reason to continue improving your meditation practice. In reality, meditation is important because so few people have ultimate power over their minds.


1. Kindly Redirect Your Thoughts When Your Mind Wanders

It can be frustrating to sit down for your daily meditation practice and have thoughts constantly pop into your brain, but the trick is to be kind and accepting towards yourself.

Acknowledge that you had a thought, and then let it fade away as you empty your mind once again or as you refocus on breathing exercises and physical sensations. The more you successfully redirect your mind, the better your brain will be at doing so.


2. Focus on Your Breathing

Breathing is a steady, rhythmic action that can be focused on to anchor your mind and help you redirect your attention during meditation. Paying close attention to the way you breathe, the movement of your belly and ribcage, and the feeling of air entering and exiting your body can help you focus on the present moment and turn inward.

It is often recommended that you take deep, cleansing breaths while inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. It can be helpful to create a rhythm for yourself. For example: Inhale for 5 counts, hold for 3, and exhale for 5.

3. Don’t Create Rigid Boundaries Around Your Practice

Many people may feel that since they can’t meditate like one is “supposed to” (there is no one way to meditate), they shouldn’t even bother in the first place. In order to achieve your goals it’s necessary to be kind to yourself in the process of learning something new.

Even five minutes of distracted meditation is better than not attempting it at all. Unlike the inflexible schedules and rules that govern many parts of life, your meditation practice can happen whenever, wherever, and however you prefer.

In Review

Meditation is a practice, and it takes time to improve upon it. Follow the above tips and keep practicing consistently to reap all of the benefits that meditation can provide. You’ve got this!

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