The practice of meditation can be tricky, and wanting to enter a deeper meditation is even harder. Here are simple tricks that you can experiment with to enhance your next meditation session for any skill level.
When first starting off meditation can be very overwhelming for many people. Despite it seeming like one is just sitting and doing nothing, this task is often a lot harder than we make it out to be. This happens because on a day-to-day basis we are often bombarded with stimulation everywhere we go. Our brains love stimulation so much that humans with nothing but a taser in a room will actually go a taser themselves repeatedly over long enough time. Even negative stimulation is stimulation that our brain desires. Knowing this information it starts to make sense why attempting to have no stimulation whatsoever and forgoing the continuous stream of thoughts can be incredibly difficult. A great way to ease yourself into the session will be playing meditation music to help calm your brain providing a very light stimulus so that you can have less intrusive thoughts during the period. It’s important to not reject the thoughts that do come into play during the session, but acknowledge them and let them go, and retain your focus on the session at hand.
The next thing you can do as a beginner to really help your meditation process is by setting a schedule. When first starting out the effects can be hardly noticeable and the time and effort put into meditation can feel like a poor investment making you not want to do it. This is very common and one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when beginning your self-improvement journey. A great way to overcome this is by setting a schedule and sticking to it. The more often you practice meditation, the easier it will become and the effects will appear more noticeably.
Once you’ve begun meditating on a regular basis and have started noticing the effects, you may be ready to start the next step in your journey. These steps will allow for a deeper meditation or train your ability to meditate. It is strongly recommended to attempt these next steps slowly at first perhaps once a week on days where you are most ready. If a meditation period is too much, you can always return to an early stage.
In the next step, you can begin experimenting with the limiting of your senses. This means removing the music from before, and possibly wearing noise-canceling headphones or being in an environment with no sounds. This will remove the stimulation we receive from this sense forcing a deeper meditation that may be harder to get into.
You may also experiment with sight, many beginning meditation sessions you may close your eyes, for the intermediate session, keep them closed for an extended duration of time. In modern-day and for much of human existence, we rely heavily on our sight beyond all other senses. By removing sight for a prolonged period we will give time for our body to adjust to existence without sight and leads to you becoming more in-tune with your other senses allowing for deeper meditation.
The last stage of tricks one can use to enhance their meditative experience is for advanced meditation sessions. These sessions can be very hard to concentrate on and can be difficult to even begin the session. It is not recommended for everyone.
These tricks begin to explore the variation of our lesser-used senses. You may wish to experiment with meditating in the nude or in complete snow gear. You can further this by taking the temperature associated with the outfit to the extreme of cold and hot. However, it’s best you first experiment in the temperatures your outfit is designed for.
Lastly, experimenting with not only external sensations but internal ones as well. Meditating while hungry can provide an insightful experience during a meditation session. Take caution and only attempt these mediation tricks in safe environments.
Overall, the tricks listed here are only scratching the surface of all meditation techniques and difficulties. There is a huge world of meditation to explore which we strongly suggest you do.
A great way to start your meditation journey is finding easy ways to incorporate it into your daily routine, find out how to do that here.