Although it originated in the “Far East,” Meditation has become a popular practice in cultures all around the world. Its benefits are plentiful, and this is becoming clearer as science is joining self-improvement gurus to broadcast its advantages. I have found it very helpful in taking me out of a negative mindset and in developing a more productive and gracious attitude towards life.
It’s great to have something natural as a solution for feeling better that you can use at any time and any place. Suffering from bipolar disorder can result in radical shifts in mood, and I find that if I can enter a peaceful space within, I can disassociate myself from that feeling and become separate from it. From this space, I can watch the negative mood dissolve, which helps me come back down to a calmer state of being.
Due to my results, and those of many others, I feel it’s important to learn how to turn this into a healthy habit. Meditation takes hold of your life in a positive way when you practice it regularly. In today’s article, I aim to share with you some practical methods that will allow you to incorporate meditation into your daily rituals and routines.
Make It a Daily Ritual
There are many statistics and figures out there that state if we do something once per day for 21 days in a row, we’re likely to form a habit out of that behavior. While this 21-day “rule” might not be set in stone, it is helpful to work towards a target, as it keeps us motivated and determined to turn an activity into a daily habit.
To get the most from meditation, we should use it daily. If you can incorporate two sessions of meditation lasting 20 minutes each per day, then you will start to feel the benefits. However, even once per day for 20 minutes will provide you with amazing results.
At the start of your journey into meditation, you may find it difficult to last for 20 minutes, as our minds and egos are conditioned to distract us and take up our attention. But even if you only start out by practicing five minutes of meditation per day, that’s a victory, as you’ll be getting used to setting aside time for meditation on a daily basis, which will put you well on your way to forming a healthy habit out of meditation.
Use Technology to Help You
Technology is what got me hooked on meditation. In today’s technological age, I found these ideas the most relatable and accessible for not only getting started with meditation but for turning it into a daily habit.
There are many areas where technology and meditation cross paths, such as apps, YouTube, blogs and even some smart devices. However, I’m a big fan of guided meditations, and there are thousands of free choices available on YouTube.
Simply search on YouTube for guided meditations, and you’ll be overwhelmed with the response you get. Some options last for a few minutes, while others can last for hours at a time! They’re very easy to follow since all you have to do is plug in your headphones and follow the instructions. Do this once or twice per day, and before you know it, meditation will be a daily habit you won’t want to break.
I also like to use YouTube guided meditations while on the go, especially on my train commute in the mornings. I find that it helps me relax before going to work, which sets me up with a positive attitude and approach for the rest of the day’s activities. However, if you do plan on using YouTube in public, I recommend using a secure connection; otherwise, you’ll be vulnerable to hackers, which isn’t something you want to be thinking about when trying to relax your mind through meditation.
Meditate with Intentions
To get the most out of meditation, I highly suggest placing an intention or focus on the sessions. It helps to align your mind and energy and to focus them on trying to find a solution to an emotional challenge you’ve been facing.
For me, I find it useful to concentrate on maintaining a peaceful and relaxed mood, no matter what life throws at me. Suffering from bipolar disorder is something that conflicts this idea, but since I began focusing meditation sessions on dealing with stressful situations better, I’ve found my patience has improved and that I am better able to deal with stressful issues that arise in my life.
Also, if you do use the guided meditations approach, you can search for meditations that have specific purposes, such as love, stress, happiness, compassion, patience and so on. Be creative with your intentions, and try to relate them to issues and problems that you face regularly. Once you form a habit out of thinking positively and clearing stress from your mind, it becomes easier to deal with negativity.
Placing personal intentions on your meditation sessions can help to give them purpose and make them feel more useful than just sitting in silence. Meditation is versatile and can do many different things to improve one’s life. However, in my experience, placing a purpose or intention behind each session has kept me going and helped me turn meditation from a “once in a while” thing into a strong, healthy habit.
Give It a Try
Overall, through practicing meditation daily and placing intentions on our sessions, meditation can be turned into a healthy habit. The more relevant we make our sessions to our lives, the more engaging and purpose fulfilling they’ll be. Therefore, to get the most beneficial and successful results from meditation, be sure to incorporate your own life situations and experiences so that you can get some real mental nutrition from meditation.