In this blog post you will learn about three important steps to make your meditation at home work for you.
Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.
Thich Nhat Hanh
From time to time I get some messages in my inbox about practising meditation and the first steps to integrate meditation as a daily habit. Most of the messages I get are from people who are not sure about whether they are doing the “right” or “wrong” thing so, with that in mind, I recently recorded two Youtube videos in order to provide (hopefully) some answers:
In this blog post I will specifically share with you some of the nuggets on how to start a meditation practise at home. To do this, I thought a little bit about my own “newbie” experience and I concluded that these three steps are really important to start with:
Step #1: Find a quiet, distraction-free place
If we are very disciplined, we can meditate anywhere. I sometimes meditate while commuting. There are times, however, that we are not so disciplined or focused enough to ignore our surroundings. If you are just starting out your practise, it is very important that you find a quiet place and that you make sure that distractions are controlled.
Step #2: Let your housemates know about it
I find it to be very difficult to meditate while sharing a house with strangers – if you have a good relationship with them, you can let them know that you are embracing meditation as a new personal habit and that you could use some quiet time. Let them know when you are planning to do your meditation and for how long as well, so they can avoid interrupting or making too much noise.
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To be totally honest with you, it is impossible to meditate where I live at the moment – if that’s your case too, please do consider to meditate in a forest, park, or somewhere you can enjoy a little bit of silence while also being safe. If you live with your family, I believe they will understand you better, so just make sure that you open your heart to them and that you explain why it is important to you to have a time and space to practise.
Step #3: Turn off your phone and notifications
I know how addictive a mobile phone with internet access is, so that’s why I think this step should not be ignored. If you do use a phone to control the time you meditate though, you can always put your phone in sleep or night mode. That’s what I do, because I always use an App to monitor the time of my meditation. By switching the sleep or night mode on, your phone will still work but you won’t be showed any notification.
If you want to know more about how to start your own meditation practise at home, watch the video below: