Here’s how to take your meditation practice to the next level.
Have you ever sat down to meditate, only to find your mind is all over the place?
Yeah. Me too.
It can be really frustrating to have your mind scattered when you’re trying to focus and meditate for a few minutes.
While we can’t get rid of our thoughts, we CAN create an environment to tame the monkeys.
Here are the top 3 tricks I’ve learned to take your meditation practice to the next level:
1. Meditate first thing in the morning.
When you wake up, your mind is fresh and clear. The first 30 minutes of your day is when your subconscious mind is the most impressionable. That means whatever you do during that precious time sets the tone for your entire day. When you meditate first, your mind is not only quieter, you set a positive tone for the rest of your day.
2. Do not check your email, messages or Instagram beforehand.
This is a tough one. We’re so conditioned to pick up our phone and go straight to the dopamine hits of incoming messages and communications. On the days I don’t check my phone before meditating, I find my mind is much more quiet without any previous input. And I am able to stay in meditation longer and reap its benefits.
3. Listen to a guided meditation.
I love this trick because it means you don’t have to try and meditate on your own! You just follow the words of a guide. In my experience, it helps you drop in and focus much more easily. My favorite guided meditations are from my coach who creates them especially for me. But you can listen to any meditation of a guide whose voice and message resonates with you.
P.S. If you want some free 5-minute guided meditations, you can download them here!