Last night Noah I went to see our lovely friend Sarah who had her mum, Cilla, to stay. We had a really nice time. Noah was wanting someone to play with and Sarah’s mum was amazing with him and taught him how to make a paper boat. He absolutely loved her and looking back I think it was because she was interested, she gave him her full attention and she enjoyed doing it with him.
We all got interested and then we had a go at making paper aeroplanes.
We got the instructions from the internet and had a go. Noah enjoyed being the test pilot and we all got engrossed in the finer points of aeroplane design. We realised that the accuracy of our folding was important and really impacted on the flying ability!
It got me thinking that the internet really is an amazing tool. You can get instructions to do almost anything. Once you have the instructions though it is down to you what you do with them and whether you can make them work.
In just the same way that you can get a diagram to show you how to fold a paper aeroplane you can go online and get instructions for many different meditations. Again in just the same way having the ability to make meditation work is all down to you.
Here are some top tips, inspired by Cilla, to help you get into your meditation routine…
1) Be interested.
One of the biggest hurdles to establishing a regular meditation practise is having the dedication to do it every day. To get the commitment that you need having a genuine interest is key. Once you start to become aware of how your mind works it really is fascinating and getting to know more about it seems so appealing.
2) Be attentive.
In meditation things change, your mind will be different every time you sit. Learn to spot the thinking patterns that you find challenging, what takes your mind away from the meditation exercise? Learn to spot the emotions and feelings that knock you off balance and divert your attention. By doing this you learn what keeps you at your best and life becomes a little lighter.
3) Enjoy it!
To stick with any activity enjoyment is essential. If you enjoy something you look forward to it and perhaps most importantly you learn to prioritise it.
From the start of your journey with meditation you are likely to enjoy the way you feel after a relaxation exercise. As you develop in your practise you will also start to enjoy the process too. After a while just sitting and being present in the moment becomes really pleasurable.
So make use of on line tools because they are often free and you can learn a lot. Also keep in mind the need to be flexible. Sometimes you might want some additional help and if you do a Revitalise Session might be perfect. Sometimes having someone to guide you through the process can be a great option.