Mindful meditation can be one of the most effective ways for you to draw on inner strength and center your focus on what matters most to you. It can be an excellent exercise to deal with chronic issues like anxiety and depression by anchoring you in the physical moment. If you feel as though you have difficult meditating, however, consider some of these tips that can help you feel more present.

Focus on Your Breathing

One of the first things that you need to stay mindful of when you start to meditate is your breathing. Many master practitioners recommend just focusing on your breath as it comes and goes. Though some will say that the best way to stay focused is to control your breathing through slow, deep lung exercises, it may be distracting enough to take you away from the present. Try not to overthink your breathing, simply pay attention to each breath to anchor yourself in the present.

Be Patient and Watch for Results

Feeling more mindful is never a binary. You are never simply mindful or not. The process takes time, especially for those who are new to meditation. Do not feel discouraged if you feel as though you are not instantly set in the present, and instead focus on building on smaller successes. One of the best ways to do this is to monitor small changes in your mood.

Use an Object Aid

Another great way to focus your meditation is to work with an aid. Any object that you can have with you to focus on can be invaluable in improving the way you anchor yourself. Some of the best objects to have include healing jewelry. A bracelet or ring or necklace that you can keep on your person to focus on during the meditation can be perfect.

Focus on Your Body

One of the best ways to anchor yourself in the present is to get as comfortable as possible. Sit in a cross-legged position on a surface that will not bother you for extended periods of time. Anything from a bed to a mat can be the perfect environment to get started on your exercises.

Though it may seem daunting to get started, it can be easy for anybody to begin practicing mindfulness. Set aside time for yourself when it is most comfortable and see what a positive difference you can make in your daily life.

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Lizzie Weakley

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