Whoever said knowledge is power clearly didn’t meditate. Meditation is, inarguably, one of the most powerful things you can do for your mind, body and spirit. However, it isn’t as easy as sitting in a meditating pose and breathing. Meditation is much easier said than done. It takes time, practice and dedication but once you allow your spirit to slip into that deep realm of relaxation and intention, you’ll never look back. So, if you’re ready to open your heart, mind, body and soul, here are some meditation tips to get you started.
1. Mala Beads Help Meditation
Of course, our favourite meditation tip of all is to use mala beads – and we aren’t even being biased. Mala beads have been used to assist with meditation for centuries. In fact, that’s what the traditional use was way back in time. So, if you’re a beginner, struggling to meditate or want to channel a specific intention, start meditating with mala beads.
2. Find a Comfortable Place
Even the most experienced yogis and meditation advocates will have difficulties meditating in a hectic setting. It’s like trying to sleep at a race track – it’s just not happening. So, make sure you have a calm and comfortable place to meditate in. Let the dogs out in the backyard for a couple of minutes, put the baby down for a nap, turn off your phone, close the door and just breathe and be in the moment.
3. Close Your Eyes
You may be surrounded by silence but your eyes will find all kinds of ways to distract you from your intention. That chip in the wall that you’ve known about for years and the cobwebs in the corners of the room will suddenly become the most interesting things. As soon as you start thinking of them, you’ve slipped off the track towards mindfulness and meditation. So, give yourself a head start by closing your eyes. No sounds, no sight, no distractions.
4. Follow Guided Meditation
The best meditation tip for beginners is to follow guided meditation. Otherwise, it can feel like you’re sitting in silence, in a room – and nothing else. Like we said, meditation is easier said than done. It isn’t just about breathing; it’s about being, and guided meditations can help you get into the right mindset and realm. And of course, mala beads can also be used with guided meditation.
5. Find The Right Meditation for You
Once you know how to meditate, you can start to explore different styles of meditation – and we encourage you to do so. Like many things in life, no two meditations are the same. Sure, they might be the same style but with a new teacher, new mantra, new background music, new malas – the experience can be entirely unique each time.
With that said, you’ll come across some meditation tapes and guides that simply won’t be for you. Some people prefer guided meditations with no music, others prefer just the music, and well, everyone prefers to add in some mala beads.
So, find what works for you. Don’t force yourself to do a guided meditation that you don’t enjoy.
6. Channel an Intention
Meditation can do a lot more than simply realign your chakras and relax your mind, body and soul – as if that’s not enough. But the benefits keep coming. With the right mala beads and intention, you can channel the type of energies that will provide you with everything you’re looking for.
For example, if you’re looking for unconditional love, meditate with the Czars mala beads. If you want to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety, meditate with the Prasada pendant mala beads.
There’s a mala bead for every intention. So, explore the possibilities by shopping the Mala Prayer collection of 108 beads.
7. Try Different Meditation Techniques
While meditating with mala beads is definitely our favourite meditation technique, there are also many others that you may want to incorporate into your practice. This is important because not everyone can sit in a calm place and slip into that deeper realm of relaxation. If this sounds like you, try something different such as tai chi or even walking meditation.
8. Remember the Benefits of Meditation
If we started to list all the benefits of meditation, we would be here all day. However, it’s important to remember why you’re meditation. It could be for mindfulness or to improve your mental health; to alleviate stress and anxiety; improve blood circulation; lower heart rate – you name it. Whatever benefit you’re seeking, remember it. That alone should be enough to keep you practicing and before you know it, you’ll be experiencing the benefits instead of reciting them.
9. Just Breathe
You’ve likely heard the saying, “Just breathe” time and time again. It can be applied to various avenues in life, especially when it comes to meditation. The biggest meditation mistake is focusing so much on your breathing that you’re actually distracting yourself from achieving mindfulness. So, don’t work to breath; just breathe. If you follow the guided meditation and count your mala beads, your breath will follow en suite.
10. Meditate in the Morning
Put down that cup of Joe. You don’t need a jolt of java to wake you up in the morning; you just need some mala beads and morning meditation. If you practice yoga in the morning, you already know what we’re talking about. Getting those deep breaths of oxygen and the calming sensations that follow mindfulness feels better than the world’s best cup of coffee. It’s like injecting caffeine into your veins, sans the caffeine, calories and midday crash. Can we get a namaste for that or what?