Meditating is Self-Remedying

You know that feeling when sometimes, when you wake up, you feel like your head is in a fog?

When that happens to me, I just let the feeling slide until I get through my morning routine and sit down for my daily meditation.

There are lots of resources out there that explain how to meditate, and the different forms of meditation. I've found that transcendental meditation has worked best for me, because you can follow it systematically and build a strong habit around it. But each of us will have different preferences, so I encourage you to keep an open mind and try different types of meditation techniques until you find something that you like!

To get yourself into the habit of meditating, try some of these tips:

  • Set aside a certain amount of time per day that you want to do it, for example, 20 minutes.

  • Stack the intention to meditate on top of something else that you already do today—For example, if you drink a cup of coffee or tea every morning, tell yourself to meditate for 20 minutes right after you've had that cup of coffee.

  • Find a specific spot in your home where you won't be interrupted during the duration of your meditation. Ideally, you can be alone in that place every day, consistently; finding a specific place and time will help you develop the habit faster.

  • Sit upright but in a relaxed position. In my experience, you should try not to lean back or lie down when you start learning to meditate, or you might fall asleep! Try an ergonomic chair or a comfortable, padded sofa.

  • Release the tension from limbs. Depending on the type of meditation you choose, you may start to focus on different aspects of your thoughts or body. Just let your mind drift into it.

  • If you get interrupted despite your best efforts, respond to it as you need to, then settle back into your meditation. Give yourself some time if you find it hard to get back into the flow of things, but don't be too hard on yourself if it becomes hard to continue!

  • Once you are done meditating, I suggest that you give yourself about two minutes to ease back into "reality". Here is the time you can spend thinking about what you would like to do next, or running through any ideas or thoughts that might have popped up during your meditation.

Meditating is something you enforce on yourself, and I've found it's helped me to solve many of the illnesses that plagues the mind: Anxiety, nervousness, difficult problems - and their ilk - turn into a sometimes turbulent, sometimes floating session. How a meditation session turns out really differs day-to-day. But when you get to the state you want to be in, you drift along, almost like flying, and you end up with solutions and a refreshed mind.

Obviously, there are times your meditation session goes nowhere and you end up being frustrated at not having done it "properly". But that's the beauty. You don't need to be perfect about it—There's no such thing. Each encounter differs. Each time you try it can vary. And you can always just do it again anytime. Few things in life afford the same control and comfort; and certainly few as healthy as an indulgence!