Here are six tips from Diksha McCord on how to begin a meditation practice.
- Create a dedicated space. A small room or closet is ideal, but if this is not possible, create a quiet area in your home and return there each time you practice.
- Set a consistent time. Choose a regular time - such as dawn, noon or dusk - and try to practice daily.
- Ensure quiet. To sharpen your mental focus, wear headphones or earplugs if sounds are distracting.
- Sit with good posture. Sit upright, with spine erect and body relaxed, and place your hands, palms up, on the thighs at the junction of the thighs and abdomen.
- Be comfortable. Use pillows and cushions as necessary. Sit in a chair if it's more comfortable. Place a pillow across your thighs as needed as a place to rest your hands. Experiment with different positions (including different hand positions) to find what works for you.
- Start gradually. Start with as little as 5 minutes and increase your sitting time in increments of 5 minutes. Work up to 30 minutes, twice daily, if possible. Let enjoyment be your guide.