Meditation can remove stress and replace it with a dose of inner peace. It’s one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment.
However, have there been times when you sit down to meditate and nothing seems to be working? You know what I mean. You can’t concentrate, you can’t relax and your mind is zinging off in different directions. You wonder, am I doing this wrong? What’s the point? Nothing seems to be working. Don’t worry, you’re still meditating. Even when it feels futile, there are still important shifts happening below the surface.
Over the years, I’ve played with various techniques to still myself, to prepare to meditate. While chanting is wonderful, it’s not always possible.
Here’s a quick tip that may work for you. If you can’t focus your mind, shift to the physical plane. Say to yourself: Relax your forehead. Breathe. Relax your eyes. Breathe. Relax your jaw. Breathe. And so on. Usually it’s enough to center yourself, to bring you back into the present moment. Now you can return to your meditation, your mantra or watching your breath with true focus.
If meditating on your own requires some effort, try guided meditations. This is by far the best method for me. The audios literally walk you through a meditation and help you find a calm and peaceful state—one step at a time.