There's no wrong way to meditate, but there are some things you can do to make the process easier.
- Find a quiet place where you won't be distracted by sounds or people. If you live in an apartment building or have noisy neighbors, try meditating in your backyard during the day or before bedtime when everyone else is asleep.
- Keep your meditation space clean and tidy--this will help keep distractions at bay when it's time for your session!
- Make sure that your body is comfortable during meditation: don't sit on a hard chair; find one with good back support if possible; make sure there's enough room between yourself and any nearby walls so that air can flow freely around all sides of your body without hitting anything solid (including other people); if possible set up some kind of fan directed toward where they'll be sitting so they won't get hot while concentrating on their breathing
Meditation doesn't have to be an all-encompassing experience.
Meditation doesn't have to be an all-encompassing experience. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your day to breathe deeply, or closing your eyes for a moment during lunch.
With this in mind, it's important that you find a meditation practice that works for you--and works within the context of your daily routine. If meditating at home doesn't appeal to you but sitting quietly at work does, then make sure that's what happens! And if neither option seems right on any given day, don't force yourself into it: there will always be another opportunity later down the road (and if not now then definitely tomorrow).
Don't feel like you have to stick to one type of meditation.
The truth is that there are many different types of meditation. You don't have to stick with one method for the rest of your life. If you find that you enjoy one type of meditation but not another, then feel free to change it up!
You don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. You can lie down or stand up, too.
You don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. You can lie down, stand up, and even walk around while you meditate. You don't even have to keep your eyes closed; there's no wrong way to meditate!
It's okay if you get distracted in your meditation. That's part of the experience!
It's okay if you get distracted in your meditation. That's part of the experience! It can be frustrating when your mind wanders off, but it's important not to judge yourself for this. As long as you're trying and making an effort, that's all that matters.
If you forget to breathe occasionally during a session, don't worry about it--just come back when the thought crosses your mind again (or before then). If you fall asleep, just wake up gently when the time is up and continue with another session later on in the day or evening if possible--there are no rules here! And if things start feeling boring or monotonous sometimes--that too is okay; just keep going anyway!
Sometimes anxiety arises during meditation practice; this can happen because we're forcing ourselves into silence and stillness which our minds aren't used too yet (yet being key here). But don't worry about this either--just let go of any thoughts arising from anxiety by focusing instead on whatever sensation comes up inside - whether physical or mental - just notice without judgment as best as possible until they pass away naturally on their own accord over time."
Meditation is about being kinder to yourself and learning more about yourself as time goes on
Meditation is a practice and not an event. This is important to remember because it means that you're never "done" with meditation, even if you've been doing it for years. You will always continue to learn more about yourself as time goes on and your meditation practice deepens.
If you are having trouble staying focused during meditation, don't judge yourself or feel bad about this! It happens to everyone--even experienced meditators. Meditation is supposed to be a time when we can let go of judgmental thoughts about ourselves so that we can focus solely on our breath and body sensations, but even those who have been meditating for years still get distracted from time-to-time! Your mind will wander off into other thoughts or feelings; just notice when this happens without judging yourself for being distracted (this takes practice), then return gently back into focusing on your breath/body sensations again until another thought comes up...and repeat until the end of your session.
There's no wrong way to meditate, and that's a good thing! It means that there are so many different ways to practice this practice. You can do it sitting down or standing up, lying down or even walking around. All you need is a quiet space where you feel comfortable enough to relax and focus on your breath. If there are distractions in your environment--like traffic noise outside your window--try bringing them into your awareness instead of ignoring them completely (which could lead to stress).