You’ve tried getting into meditation before but you didn’t stick with it.
Maybe you didn’t enjoy the process. Maybe you had a teacher that was fixated on making sure you were doing it right. Maybe you found it was too hard to control your thoughts.
Whatever the reason, you gave up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up meditation again. Instead of approaching it as another item on your to-do list, look at it as a form of self-care. The trick is to make meditation work for you and not against you. Here are some tips to get you started meditating again.
Experiment with Different Times of Day
Some people swear by morning meditation. They get up earlier than anyone else in their household and spend twenty or thirty minutes meditating. It’s what works for them.
But that doesn’t mean it will work for you, your life or your schedule. You might find that you prefer to meditate in the early afternoon when you can enjoy the sunshine that comes through your window. Or maybe you find meditating before bed a simple and relaxing way to drop off to sleep.
It doesn’t matter what time of day that you meditate. There is no right or wrong time. There’s only the present and how you choose to enjoy it.
Give Yourself Something Visual
Some people complain that when they try to meditate, they can’t concentrate. There are still dozens of thoughts they can’t seem to release, and they feel restless. If that describes you, don’t fret.
You may need to have something visual to look at during your meditation sessions. You might try focusing your attention on a flickering candle or meditating while you stare at your vision board. If you can’t burn a candle physically, go to a site like YouTube and search for burning candle for meditation. Several videos will appear that you can choose from.
Pick a Safe Space
When it comes to meditating, it’s important to choose to do so in a spot where you feel safe. If you have an emotionally volatile spouse who explodes into rage in the kitchen, you may have trouble meditating in that room of your house.
Some people dealing with trauma find it’s helpful to meditate in small, closed spaces like inside a closet or underneath a desk. This gives them a feeling of safety and allows them to slip into a meditative state.
Don’t give up on meditation right away if you don’t enjoy it. Instead, look at meditation as an experiment and try different styles and techniques until you find what you enjoy.