If meditating can sometimes make you feel even more anxious or overwhelmed, you may be working too hard to find inner peace. That desperation to 'fix' something in your life, ease a negative emotional pattern or daily stresses can become so out of reach because, yes, there is such a thing as trying too hard to meditate.

When a ritual like practicing mindfulness and meditation becomes associated with hard work, it naturally becomes more of a chore that you don't look forward to, which means you’ll resist doing it or not appreciate the moments when you're actually doing it. Also, worrying about how to meditate properly or how to cut corners and make this super easy when you're already annoyed by it are not ideal ways you should be starting off.

Instead, we want meditation to be in the 'rest' category, along with good quality sleep. Getting meditation into the rest category will allow you to feel the benefits of different types of meditation a lot easier. And as a result, you’ll look forward to meditating again the next day. But without consistency and the feeling that you can handle the practice, you won’t necessarily reap the benefits as easily, like being able to control your anxiety triggers or getting better sleep. So to help you break the cycle, here are four incredibly simple hacks for making your meditations a breeze.

How to meditate properly

Easy meditation for beginners

1. Sit comfortably

One of the most important things to do when beginning meditation is to sit comfortably, making sure that your back is supported. Many people think they need to sit cross-legged on the floor thanks to the likes of Instagram photos, but as long as you are comfortable in your own skin, then you can be in your car, on the floor, sitting in a chair, anywhere! Starting off correctly helps you enjoy your meditation practice a whole lot more and helps you to calm down faster.

2. Expect to have a lot of thoughts

Contrary to popular belief, not a single person on the planet can immediately sit down and have a completely clear mind without any intruding thoughts. This is ok. Try to regulate your breathing and give yourself a bit of time to unwind and get into the mindfulness groove. 

3. Practice embracing this moment

Instead of feeling frustrated that you 'can't meditate because you're thinking too much', focus on these thoughts, the noises, the experiences that arise, because they will allow your mind to stay positioned to have much deeper experiences in the long-run.

4. Let go of expectations

Let go of any expectation of 'going deep' in a meditation. When you're expecting something to happen, you end up keeping your mind quite active. But when you have this attitude of 'whatever happens, happens for good', you'll find that if you can go deep in the meditation, you'll go deep a lot faster and stay deep a lot longer.


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Light Watkins shares the best practical changes you can do to stop your meditation from feeling overwhelming and create an easy practice as a beginner.

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