7 Steps to Develop a Successful Meditation Practice

Our minds are incredibly busy places. Would you believe researchers studying the brain have discovered that, on average, people have 6,000 thoughts per day? That’s a remarkable number. During our waking hours, one thought often leads to another and before you know it, we may be doing more than just trying to complete the task at hand.

Much of our thinking revolves around past events or what we imagine might happen in the future. The problem is, these ruminations can be negative in nature as we remember past disappointments and worry about what has yet to occur. Stepping away from all this distressing mental talk for a few minutes of meditation can be enormously beneficial for our mental and physical health. Here are seven simple steps to begin and sustain a meditation practice.

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1. Pick a place

2. Find a convenient time

3. Start simple

Look down or close your eyes. Turning your attention to your breath, gradually slow down, and deepen your breathing. When thoughts crowd into your mind, simply take note of them and let them go. Keep bringing your focus back to your breath.

4. Incorporate music

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5. Begin with a short session

6. Use guided meditation

7. Meditate with others

If you find that it’s still challenging to keep up your meditation exercise, try a little experimenting. This could mean changing the time of your practice, moving to a different place in your home, using a guided program or joining a class. After a while, you’ll start to experience the benefits of this amazing habit.

Life coach, Investor and Avid Traveler Amandeep Khun-Khun

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