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help with meditation

Here are some simple steps you can take to help you meditate

Choosing to meditate in the same place each day helps you to settle into your meditation more easily. You should be seated when you meditate, as you are likely to fall asleep if you lie down. Try to avoid meditating on your bed, because of its associations with sleep. On the floor, using a cushion or in a comfortable chair are the best places to meditate.

Wear loose clothing
Wear comfortable clothing that won’t distract you by making you too aware of your body. A tracksuit or loose top and trousers that won’t restrict your breathing are ideal.

Dim the lights
Closing the curtains and dimming the lights encourages meditation, as doing so creates an immediate sense of privacy, and shuts out the distractions of the outside world.

Background music
When you are preparing to meditate, soft background music can create a conductive atmosphere. Natural sounds such as flowing water and birdsong, or soothing flute music, can ease you into a relaxed state. When you are ready to meditate, turn off the music and feel the silence around you for a minute or two.

Use of candles
Lighting candles before you meditate helps to focus your mind. If you consciously associate the ritual of lighting a candle with the symbolic act of bringing your attention to the inner flame of the spirit, this will help to put you into a meditative frame of mind.

Room fragrance
Burning an incense stick has a similar psychological effect to lighting a candle, and the scent will aid relaxation. Choose incenses such as sandalwood or rose, as these promote a feeling of peacefulness. Using a room fragrancer containing essential oils is very beneficial, as the oils add their effects to your meditation. Frankincense, jasmine, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang all act on the spiritual level as well as helping to relax you.

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