Article by Michael Barker-Smith
If you have anything even close to a normal life, things are probably pretty hectic for you on a daily basis. Between work, the kids, and your social life (or lack thereof), it is easy for stress levels to get rather high, and that is okay. Stress is a natural response to things that are occurring in your environment. It is your body’s way of telling you that you have something in your life that needs to be taken care of. Sometimes, stress can get the best of you and that is when it is important to find a way to cope.
Has the thought of meditation ever crossed your mind? Meditation is one of the most common ways that people use to alleviate some of the stresses that occur in everyday life. It isn’t hard to meditate, but it does require a few certain elements that are required to maintain a certain atmosphere that is conducive to meditation. Here are a few tips that will help you to learn to meditate, and to do it the right way.
1. Create a Peaceful AtmosphereCreating a peaceful atmosphere is one of the first and most essential components of your meditation experience. Do whatever it takes to create as calm an atmosphere as you possibly can, through whatever measures possible. Send the kids off to the babysitter, let your husband go play poker with his buddies, and turn the ringer off on your phone. Turn the lights down low and put on whatever music makes you feel serene and peaceful. Choose the type of music that creates a sense of calm in you, whether it is Dave Koz or Metallica. Music sets the mood for reflection and contemplation.
2. Set Up Your PropsWhen you are creating your peaceful atmosphere, there may be certain “props” to help you meditate. It isn’t required that you have one, but yoga mats or cushions are great seating arenas for meditation. Anything that allows you to sit cross-legged on the floor for an extended period of time without having you distracted by any discomfort in your legs will work for your meditation outfit. To put it frankly, if your rear end is ki lling yo u, you may not be able to focus as intensely on your meditation. Also, things that help you relax are also good to have in your environment during meditation. Many people like to have the small running water fountains as the sound of running water is soothing; lighting the room with candles is also an effective way of ‘setting the mood’ for your meditation.
3. Wear Comfortable ClothingWhen it comes to meditation, leave the stilettos and the diamonds at home pleaseAnything that you can’t sit cross-legged in is not comfortable enough for meditation. Strangely, many people even choose to meditate in the buff, as it provides less of a distraction by the every day world.
If you haven’t seriously given the idea of meditation your rumination or given the idea some deliberation you should soon, while you can still save your sanity
About the Author
Michael Barker-Smith is the co-founder of http://www.project-meditation.org. The project offers a free audio meditation course that was originally created for 4 compact disks.