When we think of meditation, we often picture someone in a cross-legged position with their eyes closed or perhaps staring at a candle for an extended period of time – but there’s so much more to mediation!
Spiritual meditation restores balance in your mind and helps you manage stressors in life.
It also has the ability to make you feel happier, more content, and less stressed and has many health benefits.
I’m sure you’re eager to get started so let’s take a look at 27 tips to meditate spiritually:
1) Go into meditation without any expectations
When you go into your meditation without any expectations, you can truly relax and let go of the restlessness in your mind and emotions.
In my experience, if you try to achieve something specific during your meditation, you’ll probably end up getting frustrated and annoyed with the meditation process.
So, the first step to meditating spiritually is to let go of any expectations you might have about the benefits you’re supposed to get or the way you’re supposed to feel.
Instead, focus on the present moment, clear your mind, and let your soul restore itself.
You can meditate for as little as five minutes a day and still experience many of the benefits of meditation.
At the same time, meditation is a skill that can be improved with practice. So, the more you do it, the more you’ll benefit from it.
2) Pick a time for meditation and try to stick to it
Before you begin meditating, the first thing you should do is pick a specific time for it.
Whether you decide to meditate in the morning or the evening, make sure you’re consistent about it and don’t miss a single day.
This will help you create a meditation habit and it will make it easier for you to clear your mind and attain a state of relaxation.
When you pick a specific time for meditation, you’ll also be able to avoid the common pitfall of putting it off.
Many people put off meditating because they don’t have the time for it or because they forget about it until the very last moment.
If you pick a specific time, though, there will be no putting it off. You’ll be forced to take the time for yourself.
3) Find a quiet spot
Once you’ve picked the time for your meditation session, you need to find a quiet spot.
Now, this can be any place that is free from distractions and noise.
For example, you can find a room in your home, or you can even meditate in the park.
If possible, try to find a place that has natural elements like plants, water, or a view of the stars. These elements will help you feel more grounded and connected to the natural world around you.
At the same time, they will provide a safe place where you can meditate undisturbed.
4) If you can, find a designated space for meditation
It’s important to create a space that is solely dedicated to meditation. You can do this by purchasing a special pillow or a special mat or even just sitting on a couch where you know that you won’t be disturbed.
The thing is that you want to make sure that you are completely focused on your meditation practice and that means having as little distraction as possible. When you create your own meditation space, you make it easier to focus and start the practice.
You can even use this space to store items that are related to your practice if you want. This includes things like your yoga mat, a journal, crystals, candles, and even things that inspire you.
5) Dress comfortably
When you’re choosing what to wear during your meditation session, pick something that is comfortable. This could mean wearing your pajamas or wearing loose-fitting clothing.
It’s important to feel relaxed and comfortable when you meditate because you want to avoid feeling distracted.
If possible, try to avoid wearing shoes. Wearing shoes can often restrict the flow of energy in your body.
In short, wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without shoes can help you feel more relaxed and in tune with your body.
6) Incorporate yoga
If you want to meditate more spiritually, you can incorporate yoga into your meditation routine.
When you do yoga before meditating, you’re training your body and your mind to let go of distracting thoughts, focus on your breath, and relax your body.
This will make it easier for you to meditate and experience the full benefits of the practice.
As you continue to do yoga before each meditation session, you’ll notice that your body and mind become more relaxed.
7) Get comfortable
When you first begin meditating, you might feel tense and a bit uncomfortable at first.
Although this is normal, it’s important to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible. If you feel uncomfortable, this will make it harder for you to relax. To make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, try to sit in a position where you can fully relax.
The usual position is sitting on a cushion with your legs folded, but sitting in a chair is also a good position for beginners or people with a bad back.
8) Take a moment to wind down
Here’s another tip: Before you begin meditating, take a moment to wind down.
What this means is that you should try to clear your thoughts and let go of any worries or anxieties that might be bothering you.
If there are certain things that are particularly bothering you, try writing them down so that you can let them go.
Once you’ve cleared your thoughts, you can fully relax and let your body and mind heal. This will make it easier for you to clear your mind and focus on your breathing, which is the key to effective meditation.
9) Sit in an upright and alert position
It’s essential to sit in an upright and alert position because this will help you stay focused on your breathing.
Here’s the thing: If you’re too relaxed during meditation, or if you meditate lying down, you may fall asleep. If that happens, don’t be hard on yourself, we’ve all been there.
10) Watch your thoughts go by without judging them
There are two key elements to effective meditation: focusing on your breath and being present in the moment.
When you first begin to meditate, you want to focus on your breathing so that you can relax your body and let your mind go blank.
Focus on your breathing and it will ground you in the present.
If you find yourself stuck on a certain thought, that’s ok. Acknowledge the thought and go back to your breath.
It’s important to accept any thoughts that come without judging them.
11) Start with a few deep breaths to calm the body
Begin your meditation session by taking a few deep breaths.
When you take deep breaths, you’re sending oxygen to your brain, which helps your body and mind relax.
When you breathe deeply, you’re also slowing down your heartbeat and helping your body to let go of any built-up tension.
This makes it easier for you to relax and focus on your breathing. As you continue to meditate, you’ll feel your body and mind relaxing.
When you meditate regularly, you’ll notice that you feel more calm, relaxed, and at peace with yourself and your surroundings.
Meditating can be done in many different ways, but when you do it right, it can be a truly spiritual experience.
12) As a beginner, meditate for short period at first
There is no right or wrong time to start meditating but if you are a beginner and are looking to reap the benefits of meditation, then start by meditating for 5-10 minutes at first, and then slowly increase your duration as you progress.
The truth is that it can take some time for your mind to get used to the practice and develop the ability to focus on one thing without the constant interruption of thoughts.
If you try to meditate for too long when you start out, you might end up overstretching and pushing yourself too hard before you have even realized it. In the long run, this can lead to frustration and a sense of failure which might discourage you from going further with the practice.
13) Be kind to yourself
It’s important to be kind to yourself throughout your spiritual meditation practice.
You might notice that in the beginning, you are struggling to focus or that your mind is constantly wandering. That’s okay!
Don’t get frustrated with yourself or give up on the practice.
Instead, acknowledge these feelings and then focus on bringing your attention back to the present moment.
It’s important to remember that meditation takes a lot of practice. You are not going to be able to sit down and have a perfect meditation every time.
This is because there are so many factors that can affect your meditation, like stress from your daily life, your connection to the present moment, and your current state of mind.
14) Follow your breath
There are different ways that you can meditate and following your breath is one of them.
You can do this in a few different ways. You can either focus on the feeling of your breath entering and exiting your body or you can actually count your breaths as they happen.
Following your breath has many benefits: It’s a great way to get into a meditative state of mind, it’s a simple way to start your meditation practice, and it can be done anywhere.
All you need to do is sit comfortably, close your eyes, and follow your breath as it enters and exits your body.
15) Try body scan meditation
Body scan meditation can be done in a variety of different ways, but there are two main types of the practice.
There is the “attending” method and the “scanning” method which are both described below.
- Attending method: In this form of body scan meditation, you bring your attention to a particular part of your body, like your toes or your hands. You then try to clear your mind of all other thoughts and focus on that one part of your body. You should then move your attention to the next part of your body and work your way up towards your head.
- Scanning method: This method is similar to the attending method, but you start from the top of your head and move your attention down towards the bottom of your body. You can also reverse the process and move your attention up, starting with your feet and finishing at your head.
16) Try guided meditation apps
If you’re having trouble meditating by yourself, you can do what I do and use a guided meditation app.
These apps have different sounds and guides for different types of meditations.
Some apps have guided meditations that help you sleep better, manage stress, relieve anxiety, and more.
You can also find apps that are specifically designed for certain types of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation.
When you find a guided meditation app that works for you, you should try to use it as often as possible. This is because guided meditations have the same benefits as regular meditation. They can help you clear your mind, relieve stress, and fall asleep easier.
17) Acknowledge your emotions
When you are meditating, it’s natural for your emotions to come up.
In fact, it’s almost inevitable!
This is why it’s important to acknowledge your emotions during practice and not ignore them.
The trick is not to follow your emotions and get caught up in them. Instead, try to observe them and let them pass. This will help you to stay in the present moment and avoid getting caught up in your
18) Play some sounds of nature or meditation music
If you’re new to meditation, try playing some sounds of nature or meditation music to get you in the mood.
Playing these sounds can help you become more relaxed and get rid of any thoughts about the past and the future. They can help bring you to the present moment and your breath.
If you’re feeling stuck, try experimenting with different types of music. Find the tracks that help you feel more relaxed and help you let go of stress.
Choose something that resonates with you, then let the music take over.
19) Try walking meditation
If you’re a beginner and you want to start meditating with a guided exercise, try walking meditation.
Walking meditation is a great way to get comfortable with the different techniques and find the one that works best for you.
When you walk, it’s easy to let go of your thoughts and focus on the present moment. In the course of a few minutes, you can go from feeling overwhelmed to feeling relaxed and focused on the here and now.
Walking meditation is also a great way to become more mindful in your everyday life. It’s easy to slip into autopilot mode and let your thoughts take over, but walking meditation can help you break that pattern.
You can incorporate walking meditation into your daily routine, whether you do it during your commute to work or while you’re taking a walk around the neighborhood.
20) Create a daily routine
If you have a daily routine, you might consider including some time for meditation. This helps you integrate meditation into your daily life and also makes it more likely you’ll remember to do it.
Try to find a time in your day that works best for you and stick to it, even if it’s only 10 minutes.
If you’re having trouble finding the time to meditate, think about how you spend your time. Do you spend hours watching TV or browsing social media?
Maybe it’s time to make some changes and carve out a little time for yourself. You don’t need to spend hours meditating every day.
What’s important is making it a priority in your life and making it a habit.
21) Meditate with others
If you prefer to meditate with others and like the social aspect of it, try finding a meetup or joining a meditation group.
This can be very beneficial, especially if you’re a beginner or don’t know where to start. It can also be a great way to find new friends.
If you’re not interested in joining a group or meetup, you can also try one-on-one meditation with a friend or loved one. This can be a great way to bond with someone while also getting the benefits of meditation.
22) Be patient
When you first start meditating, you might not feel much of a difference. Don’t let that discourage you!
Some people notice the benefits of meditation right away, while others might take longer to notice any changes.
If you’ve been meditating for a while and still don’t notice any changes, try changing the way you meditate. Or, try changing the time of day you meditate.
What’s more, people don’t always notice any changes taking place but trust me, they are. Just keep at itĐ
23) Light and sound meditations
If you want to try something different, you can try light or sound meditation.
In light meditation, you focus on the light of a candle or a color and try to let go of your thoughts while focusing on it.
In sound meditation, you focus on a sound, like ocean waves or music, and try to let go of your thoughts while focusing on it.
Light and sound meditations are especially helpful if you’re having trouble falling asleep at night. Light meditations are also helpful if you have trouble focusing during the day.
24) Once you make it part of your daily routine, extend the duration of your meditation
Once you’ve established a daily meditation routine, you can consider extending the duration of your meditation or trying different methods.
If you spend 10 minutes focusing on your breathing, try extending the amount of time to 30 minutes.
Try out different methods to see which one works best for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things!
25) Try and stick to it, even when you don’t feel like it
It’s normal to want to give up when you’re tired or bored or just don’t feel like meditating.
Recognize that it’s a normal part of the process and it’s okay if you don’t feel like meditating some days, but it’s important to keep going, even when you don’t feel like it.
Don’t beat yourself up over it or feel guilty. Instead, acknowledge that it’s a normal part of the process and keep going. It takes time to change your habits and meditating is no different.
26) Use a personalized mantra
If you’re looking for an extra boost, consider creating a personalized mantra.
A mantra is a word or phrase that you can repeat to yourself while you meditate spiritually. It can help you focus on a specific thing, like happiness or love.
You can create a personalized mantra by writing down a word or phrase that resonates with you and that you want to focus on.
For example, one mantra you can choose is, “I am loved”.
27) Slowly reintroduce movement after meditating
Once you’ve finished meditating, don’t just jump up and go about your day.
Instead, slowly reintroduce movement back into your routine. This helps bring you back to the present moment and can help you stay mindful throughout the rest of your day.
Some ways to slowly reintroduce movement into your routine include stretching or doing gentle yoga poses.
You can also do some light cleaning or gardening to help ground yourself after meditating.
There are many different ways to meditate spiritually and each one has its own benefits.
When you start meditating, it can be helpful to create a ritual around it. This can help you stay consistent and focused on your practice. It can also help you feel more relaxed when you’re in the middle of a session.
Meditation isn’t always easy. It takes time and patience to reap the benefits and change your mindset.
But by committing to daily practice, you can help yourself better handle the ups and downs of life.
All in all, meditation can be a great way to reconnect with yourself and get in touch with your spiritual side.
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