Meditation by definition is simply creating awareness. Yogi experts agree that any focused activity free from distraction classifies as meditation. However, too often we find meditation a daunting, complicated, spiritual routine and we’re discouraged before we even begin. Luckily, meditation doesn’t have to be so hard! According to Zoran Josipovic, a Research Scientist at New York University, who performed MRI scans on the brains of meditating monks, there are many brain-boosting benefits to meditating, including the development of focus, which leads to a more tranquil, happier existence.
If you’re not already convinced, here are six tips to get you started with a meditation practice…
1. Sit Comfortably
Traditional Buddhist meditation encourages you to meditate in a full lotus pose, cross-legged with each foot resting on the opposite thigh. However, the easiest way to distract your mind with screaming muscles is to sit in a position that causes pain. Most yoga instructors will simply ask you to cross your legs or sit as comfortably as you can without pain.
This means you should prioritize your comfort and sit in a way that is natural and most comfortable for you. To start, the true goal is to focus your awareness on your mind rather than your body. It doesn’t matter how you look or how you get there, as long as you do it safely. You can always work towards the recommended postures in time.