How to Open Your Body, Mind, and Spirit to Meditation - dummies

How to Open Your Body, Mind, and Spirit to Meditation

Part of Meditation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Meditation is a practice that engages not only your mind, but also your body and spirit. Use the following tips to engage every aspect of your being in your meditation practice:

  • Discover how to relax your body (if you don’t already know) by practicing some deep relaxation techniques.

  • Experiment with different sitting positions (cross-legged, kneeling, on a chair) until you find one you can hold comfortably for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Explore the basic meditation techniques (mindfulness, loving-kindness, mantra, visualization), choose one, and stick with it — for a few weeks or months at least.

  • Take a meditation class with an experienced teacher, join a meditation group, or attend a meditation workshop or retreat, either online or in person.

  • Talk with your family about your interest in meditation to make sure they feel comfortable with your practicing at home.

  • Reflect on the many ways your mind stresses you out, as well as the power of meditation to help you work with your mind.

  • Remind yourself of the scientifically proven health benefits of meditation, from lower cholesterol to greater longevity to an enhanced immune system.

  • Consider what motivates you to meditate and rededicate yourself to the practice, especially if your enthusiasm flags.

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle: Eat well, exercise regularly, and, if possible, avoid smoking, drinking, and watching too much TV or engaging in other mind-numbing activities, especially right before meditating.

  • Read spiritual books (if you’re so inclined) that connect you with the sacred and inspire your meditation.