Preparation is the key to so many things, meditation included. In order to get the best benefits from your guided meditation it is necessary to create the right environment.
* Choose a quiet place:
To get the most from your guided meditation choose a quiet place where you will be able to listen without any distracting noises.
You may choose to listen through headphones or speakers, which ever suits you best.
Remember get the volume right first before you settle down to your guided meditation.
* Ensure you will be comfortable:
Staying still in one place is much easier when you are totally comfortable.
Listening to guided meditations whilst lying down either flat, for example on a bed, or propped up slightly on your sofa is the best way to relax your body.
It is also important to be at a comfortable temperature for you.
You may want to heat the room, cover yourself with a blanket or pop some warm socks on.
Remember to wear something comfortable, nothing too tight or restricting.
* Do not disturb:
Organise your meditation time without disturbances. Maybe when you are on your own or when the kids are asleep.
You may also want to put a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door and let people know that you do not want to be disturbed and for how long.
Make sure the lighting is suitable for you.
Close the curtains if you wish, light a candle or put on a soft table lamp. Experiment and get it right for you.
* Be in the right frame of mind:
Although guided meditations will calm and relax you it is still important to be in the right frame of mind when you begin.
You will not get the most from your guided meditation if you are angry, upset or rushed and constantly thinking other thoughts.
Maybe take a short walk first or shake each leg and arm several times and shake off those lingering negative emotions.
Have a glass of water ready for when you finish your guided meditation.
Take a moment after opening your eyes to relax and drink the water slowly.
* When is a good time?:
Think about when is a good time to do your guided meditation.
You won't want to be rushing around straight afterwards, maybe last thing at night is good for you or schedule in time when you get home from work.
How often is up to you. What feels right for you and remember as with all habits this will all come naturally the more you practice.
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