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Sometimes, meditation can get really uncomfortable for the mind and body. It’s kind of like the gym, the hardest part is getting started and moving through the hard part to get to the good part.
So I’m going to share a couple of things with you that’ll help you make meditative practice easier and enjoyable.
First of all, you are NOT alone, a lot of people get really uncomfortable with meditation; it’s a right of passage and a test. How committed are you to the freedom available to you through the practice?
Do you ever feel itchy, achy, pain, uneasy, irritated, etc when you go to sit for meditation. If so, yes! That means you are breaking past something that gets to be released from you mind, body, and spirit.
Most, if not all, of the discomfort you feel – mental, emotional, and physical – during meditation is energy that needs to be cleared. It’s actually a signal that your meditation practice is even more vital for you to do than you realize, and meditation is a great place for you to clear that energy.
How do you stay the course even when it gets uncomfortable? Here are a couple of tips to make your practice more comfortable.
STEP ONE: Stretch before you Meditate
Do yoga. Do yoga before you meditate. At minimum, use a foam roll and/or move your body. Yoga was created to prepare us for meditation. Now, do you need to do a whole 60 to 90-minute yoga practice? No! But if you can, great! I absolutely love it. However, just 5 to 10 minutes of yoga before your meditation is going to prepare your mind and body for the practice. I have a consistent twenty minute practice I always do before my morning meditation practice. It completely changes the experience.
What happens with yoga is that it physically opens up your body to get comfortable with sitting still, and then it helps with moving the energy in your body so that your mind can open up and be ready for meditation.
So, move your body – do some yoga, stretch it out, and open up your body and mind before you sit.
STEP TWO: Sit in a comfortable position
You don’t have to sit in full lotus for your practice. If you find that sitting cross-legged kills your knees, adjust! Use a chair in your meditation as support to make the practice more comfortable for your body.
A great part of the meditation practice is being able to sit for extended periods of time, and observing what comes up in the ego. Can you move beyond it? Yes, you can. I absolutely believe in you!
As you build your practice, if you feel yourself getting really uncomfortable with the sitting, make your sitting more comfortable. It’s that simple.
Please don’t lie down though, because as your brainwaves slow down, you’ll move into sleep if you lie down through your meditation. You’ll want to sit using a chair with a towel or a cushion on the seat of the chair.
Make sure you’re sitting up nice and tall with shoulders drawn down and back. You can even engage your core a little bit before commencing the practice to make your sitting more comfortable. That way, your knees or your ankles won’t start hurting compared to when you’re sitting in a cross-legged position.
So, sit on a chair. I know it’s not mind blowing information here, but you would be surprised at how many people miss this simple adjustment. Try it today!
STEP THREE: Do not Judge
This is the most important of all – probably the most challenging. To make your practice more pleasant, do not judge… do not judge. Now, don’t expect your mind to become completely clear; don’t expect yourself to move into enlightenment when you’re first learning how to meditate or stepping into meditation.
It takes a long time to start slowing down the mind. I promise it’s worth it. It’s very possible to go to galactic places in your meditations. You can feel new and higher vibrations, move into new levels of consciousness, cross over to the spiritual realm and go to some really cool places; those are all things that you have to look forward to.
Even then, when you’re starting to hit those places you’ll still have thoughts, you’ll just begin to detach from the thoughts. How do we detach? We detach through compassion. So, do not judge, don’t expect your meditation to look and feel a certain way. Start by just showing up.
This is important! Don’t judge yourself, don’t judge your thoughts, don’t feel bad about your thoughts either or feel bad that you have them. I want to warn you about that so that you don’t expect yourself to be completely released and free of thoughts when you sit down to meditate.
Guess what – when you learn to choose compassion over judgment in your meditation, you’re going to take that out into the world with you; you’ll find yourself being much more compassionate to yourself and to all the people in your life.
This is why meditation is essential. It helps you step into the person that you are meant to be – into your true self. Keep meditating, keep watching out for our blog posts, keep stretching yourself even when it gets uncomfortable, and use these three steps to make your practice more and more comfortable for you. I’m proud of you for choosing your spiritual and personal growth. There is so much beauty and magic within you. I’m honored to be a part of your journey as you uncover and recognize the light within you.
I’d love to see your comments below. Which step are you going to practice? Which one’s new for you? What are you going to try out? Let me know what interests you today.
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