Meditation is a way of freeing your mind and getting away from your day-to-day struggles. There is so much going on around us that you need to take some time away from everything to re-center yourself and let go of your worries. It's also one of the most important Pillars of Happiness - and of course, part of the process towards enlightenment. Whether you are just starting out with meditation or you have a lot of experience, here are a few ways that you can enhance the experience.
Designate a Set Time
The best way to have effective meditation periods is to perform them regularly - preferably daily. The easiest way to ensure that you are going to meditate each day is to set a designated a specific time. It doesn’t matter exactly when you choose to meditate; consistency is the key. You can meditate in the mornings to help your day start off right or after you get home from work to unwind from your day. You can even meditate multiple times a day! You know your schedule, and you know your needs, so choose a time that will provide the most benefit for you.
Use Essential Oils
Smelling a pleasant aroma can help to relax your mind, which is why using essential oils with meditation is fairly popular. You can diffuse the oil throughout the room, or you can apply it topically. If you are looking for a new essential oil to try, cedarwood, Siberian fir, and jasmine all have pleasant aromas that promote relaxation.
Find a Quiet Place
Another easy way to enhance your meditation is to find a quiet place. While it may seem obvious, it can make a huge difference in your experience. In addition to finding a space that is quiet, make sure it doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic. It may be quiet but if someone is always walking through, that can pull you out as well. Ideally, you want it to be quiet enough that you will hear yourself breathing. If quiet is hard to come by, grab a pair of headphones and listen to meditative music.
Getting comfortable is another key part of enhancing your meditation practice. When getting comfortable, you should not lie down. This may simply cause you to fall asleep, and that defeats the purpose of meditation. You want to keep your back straight, and your arms rested while you meditate. A lot of people like to sit in a chair or with cushions to achieve this position.
Don't Get Discouraged
It can take some time to figure out what works best for you, so don’t give up if you don’t immediately find what you are looking for or it doesn’t seem to be working. There is no one right way to meditate. Adjust a little each time until you find the perfect routine for you. Everyone is going to have a different experience with meditation, but it can help everyone. For more helpful information on meditation and how it can help you jump into higher consciousness, listen to Lucia Rene's free mp3 about meditation. Lucia was Elizabeth's meditation teacher and comes highly recommended!