Practicing Meditation Should Be a Joy Not a Chore

So many wonderful benefits can be reaped from practicing meditation. However, you cannot simply just go through the motions and expect your life to be instantly improved; your heart has to be in it in order for your meditation to work for you. With that said, you need to approach meditation with the right attitude and mindset. If you don’t, it will take a lot longer for you to start seeing any improvements in your life.

First off, you shouldn’t view practicing meditation as a chore.

Meditation is something that you should do for yourself because you want to. Meditation will make you feel more relaxed while at the same time more rejuvenated. Plus, there are so many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits that coincide with the practice of meditation when you perform it on a regular basis.

Even still, it is common for meditation neophytes to view the practice as a chore, something that must be done in the same vein as washing the dishes or doing the laundry. The reason for this is largely because if you’ve never practiced meditation before, then you don’t know what it can do for you. So in setting aside time for meditation, you feel like you are missing out on something else. This will change over time, however, as you start to see little improvements being made to your life and well-being. You may even get to the point where you feel deprived if you do not practice your meditation every day.

You also do not want to feel like you’re being forced to practice meditation. Who are you meditating for? The only acceptable answer to this question is “yourself.” If someone else is pushing or urging you to meditate, then you are practicing meditation more so for them than you are for yourself, and as a result, you are likely to feel like you are being “forced” into it, and in which case, meditation probably isn’t going to work as well for you anyhow.

Another point to keep in mind is that you should not turn your meditation into a competition. This can sometimes happen if you are practicing meditation along with other people, but it can also happen when you are meditating by yourself. You may start competing with yourself to see how long you can remain still, what types of experiences you can have, or how much time you spend meditating, etc.

This kind of mindset can hinder your meditation sessions because you will be meditating for the wrong reasons and your mind will always be focused on the competition and not on the development of a deeper connection to yourself or a higher power.

When you’re about to start practicing meditation, you need to make sure that you are meditating for the right reasons and that your heart and mindset are both in the right place. Getting it right from the get-go will enable you to achieve much greater things with your meditation.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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