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How to Stop Your Mind From Wandering During Meditation
May 30, 2018

Mercedes Newton
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time 3 min.

The virtues of mindfulness and meditation are being extoled nearly anywhere. Research has proven the practice of mediation can have positive benefits on psychological well-being and physical health and has been suggested for handling serious conditions like depression, stress, heart-disease, high-blood pressure, sleep problems, and chronic pain. Getting individuals to attempt meditation, though, can at times be a struggle, especially for men and women that have very busy minds. They will frequently say things such as – I simply can not sit meditating makes me stressed, I can not turn off my mind, I am just bad at it.

Most meditation instructors will inform you that getting your mind wander through meditation is perfectly ordinary and bringing your focus back to your own meditation each single time you detect it drifting is only a part of this procedure. While mind-wandering is really very ordinary for beginning meditators as well as some experienced ones, it can be quite frustrating and may lead to people giving up until they get to experience the benefits of meditation they are trying to find. There can also be times when quitting certain notions is the target of the practice . This is especially true when you’re trapped in a spiral of negative thinking and might love to use meditation to relieve the ruminative process. When you stop flooding your mind with anxiety and nervousness about the future or resentments from the past, this has a profoundly positive impact of resetting your psychological state to calm and peaceful. Luckily, there is something that you can do to greatly reduce your mind from drifting, it is called active meditation or focused meditation. This means you could just consider a definite number of items at any given time. One of those challenges with meditation is that as you’re clearing your head, you’re making an open space that wants to be stuffed. Sometimes when individuals are dealing with stressful events they turn to meditation to calm their thoughts and find their mind floods with even more thoughts of what they’re trying NOT to think about. Active meditation aids this issue by providing you a job to perform that takes up all your focus and occupies its functioning ability, so that there’s not as much room for other ideas to creep into.

  • Close your eyes and visualize the word in your head.

  • Pick a colour that goes with the phrase and visualize the term in that colour.

  • Now, along with your eyes shut and writing in your head, write the word one letter at a time.

  • As you’re writing the term, say the letters gently to yourself in mind.

  • Write the coloured word on the coloured background repeatedly in your head at the same time you say the letters quietly to yourself.

  • Set a timer for 10 minutes and continue performing the workout before the timer goes off.

If you find it hard to perform all of the steps at the same time, do as many as possible to take up all your focus. Most individuals report that the action fills their thoughts so they have few intrusive thoughts, but when your mind does ramble, do not judge yourself or tag yourself as doing this wrong, just return to the action and concentrate on the vividness of the colours and seeing the term on mind. You may also add in additional steps should you have to occupy more of your focus. For instance, you may add the step of attempting to sense the emotion of this word as you’re composing it in mind.

Once you’ve completed an active meditation several times, you might find it a lot easier to try out a more conventional mind clearing meditation. There are fantastic advantages to both, though to be able to experience the advantages you need to practice on a regular basis. Once per week will not get there, however 10 minutes per day is sufficient to begin to feel that the advantage in a matter of a couple of days. You should start to notice you are feeling calmer and less stressed; in just a couple weeks items that used to upset you might not bother you much anymore. You will sense increased clarity on your thinking and ability to focus. To incorporate a meditation practice in your routine, it’s ideal to put aside a regular time to do it each and every single day. First thing in the morning is a great way to start off your day on a positive note; nonetheless, for a few, mid-day is a period that provides a needed break, and before bed may have a calming effect. You may also split it up into little short meditations through the afternoon, 3-4 minutes in the morning, 3-4 minutes mid-day, and 3-4 minutes in the day can really add up. What is important to understand is that there is not a wrong way to meditate, it is a matter of discovering what works best for you personally.

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