Meditation 101

Aligning your mind and body is an important part of finding peace within yourself. One of the most common ways in which people center themselves is through the art of meditation. That being said, many people find the practice of meditation to be daunting, especially if they have trouble focusing their thoughts. In today’s post, we will provide you with more information about meditation and how you can improve your practice.

The key to successful meditation is to find a space that is calm and relaxing. For some, their ideal space is in nature, and for others, they find peace within their home. At Home of Chiji, we offer a variety of products that are designed to aid your meditation and self-care practices, including energy candles, super soft plush blankets, and face rollers. Browse our products to discover your favorites, and take your meditation practice to the next level today!

What Is Meditation?

The problem most people have with meditation is that the practice takes a great deal of focus. During your meditation practice, the goal is to focus on your breath and not let your mind wander to other thoughts. As you can imagine, this can be quite difficult, especially if there are other things in your life or your surroundings that are grappling for your attention. As a way to keep their mind focused on their practice, many people adopt a mantra to help them stay centered. Often confused with a motto, a mantra is simply a tool or anchor that can help your mind stay clear and centered during your meditation.

If you find yourself losing focus during your practice, then try to come back to your breathing. Focusing on your breathing may be difficult the first few times that you practice meditation, but as you continue with your practice, you may find that your focus deepens and staying connected to your breathing becomes less of a problem.

What Do You Need?

The great thing about meditation is that there are very few things you need for your practice. For basic meditation, the only thing you need is something to sit on and a meditation timer. Your practice can be however long or short you would like it to be, but having a timer will allow you to break from your meditation when needed. Once you become focused in your practice, you may find that time flies by extremely quickly. If you don’t have a timer, then you either have to break your focus every so often to check a clock, or you might end up meditating longer than your originally planned. Having a meditation timer gives you the freedom to dive deep into your practice for however long you would like.

Other than the basics we discussed above, you may also want smaller items that help aid your practice. For example, some people choose to light scented candles that help their calm their minds and focus on their breath. If you are practicing inside, then you may also choose to have soothing white noise playing the background. The great thing about meditation is that you can add as many or as little elements as you need to aid your practice.

How to Sit

When most people think of meditation, they often picture a person sitting cross-legged with their hands placed upward on their knees. While this is certainly a pose that you can adopt for your practice, it is not the only option. Your meditation practice is whatever you want it to be, and whatever is most effective in centering your mind and body. If you feel most at ease sitting with your legs out in front of you and your hands at your heart center, then that is how you should sit for your practice. You can also meditate with your eyes open or closed depending on what is most comfortable for you.

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