Meditation is an amazingly easy way to calm your mind. The problem is that it is hard to reap all its benefits when you have been practicing meditation for many months or years. There are countless meditation techniques and styles, yet many people give up on meditation because they feel bored.
It has been exactly two years this spring since I started practicing meditation. There were times when I wanted to quit it, but luckily I found strength to keep practicing, and here is how to jazz up meditation practice when it feels boring and useless.
1. Experiment with meditation ice breakers
When you have trouble practicing meditation, consider experimenting with meditation ice breakers. There are many of them to try out, but you may find your own method. Listen to relaxing music, take deep breaths, take a short stroll, or practice yoga to help your body relax before meditation. You will notice a significant difference between the sessions and fall in love with meditation again.
2. Alter your environment
If you have been meditating in your room for many days in a row, no wonder you do not feel any relaxing and healing properties of meditation anymore. Just like you cannot eat the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you cannot practice meditation in the same environment for long.
Alter your environment to see how it feels. Change the room, go to your backyard, garden, or the nearest park. If there is a sea, a river or a small pond nearby, it is even better. No matter where you go, make sure you have enough space for your meditation and no one disturbs you.
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3. Experiment with the length of meditation
Some people say that 10 minutes of meditation a day are the ideal time to relieve stress and boost mood. Other people meditate for 30 minutes to feel better. Every person has their own needs. As soon as you find the perfect length of meditation practice, you might start enjoying your sessions even more than ever.
4. Try a morning or late evening meditation
If you practice meditation in the middle of the day, try a morning or late evening meditation, or otherwise. Your mind and body will get rewired from the usual meditation rut and you will not feel bored. I recommend morning meditation first thing in the morning. It is a healthy way to start your day.
5. Incorporate soothing background music
Music may be a distraction during a meditation session. However, when you choose it properly, music and meditation can work miracles together. Look for soothing music that has no lyrics to jazz up your meditation practice.
6. Keep your eyes open
We close our eyes when praying and meditating to connect to God, listen to our inner voice and feel our inner power. Many meditators, though, claim that keeping the eyes open when meditating takes the sessions to the next level.
7. Drink chamomile tea before a meditation session
Drinking herbal tea, such as chamomile tea, before meditation can result in surprising benefits. The calming and health effects of chamomile tea are well known, and the positive effects of meditation are enormous. Now combine them together and see what will happen.
8. Meditation in action
If you live in a busy, noisy city, meditation in action is impossible. Meditation in action is all about connecting to nature, inner voice and the universe. I know some meditators who meditate while running in the morning. I still have trouble doing it, but I try to meditate while walking along the paths and trails in a quiet park early in the morning.
Meditation helps to improve your well-being, quality of life and relationships, so do not give up on it the next time you feel like your sessions bring nothing but boredom. Use these tiny tips to jazz up your meditation practice and let me know what works best for you. Thanks for reading.