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Meditation Do’s and Don'ts: How to Make the Most of Meditation Sessions

If you’d like to begin meditating more often, you’ll need to know some of the most important meditation do’s and don'ts before you even get started. If you learn how to meditate properly, you’ll get to make the most out of this mental exercise and improve your overall meditation experience.

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Do: Find a Quiet and Relaxing Place to Meditate

Meditating is all about relaxing and finding peace and calm, so you should always look for a quiet place to sit and meditate where you won’t have to deal with any distractions. If there’s too much background noise, it’s going to be more challenging for you to really let loose, relax, and focus on inner peace. Instead, you may end up worrying about what’s going on around you, taking away from your meditation experience.

Finding a quiet location will allow you to focus your breathing, quiet your mind, relax, and get the most out of the meditation session.

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Do: Use Essential Oils to Enhance your Meditation Experience

Using essential oils when meditating is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the way you feel before you even get started. The scents of certain essential oils may cause you to feel happier and calmer, making relaxation and peace easier to attain. Use a room diffuser or personal essential oil diffuser before or during a meditation session for added relaxation.

Some of the best essential oils for meditation include lavender , ylang-ylang , chamomile, and bergamot essential oils. Using a diffuser that contains a blend of some of these essential oils is one of the best ways to start your meditation session off on the right foot. You can use the diffuser in a quiet, private room where you’ll get to close your eyes, breathe in the wonderful aroma around you, and let the worry fade away.

If you’ve tried meditating before but have never tried to use essential oils, you should give them a try to see how well they can work for you. The combination of meditating and diffusing essential oils could quickly help increase your energy levels, relieve worries, and improve mood.

Don’t: Focus on Stressors

When you have a lot of things going on in your life, it’s often hard to push them aside, even for a few minutes, but it’s something you’ll need to do. The whole purpose of meditating is to relax the mind, not to think about the stressors that may make you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. If you’re having trouble getting your mind off stressors in your life, try to envision yourself in a peaceful place while sitting in a dark room with your eyes closed. Allow your mind to wander rather than focusing on a single thought or stressor, falling deeper into relaxation.

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Some people like to picture themselves sitting out in the sand on the beach by the water when trying to avoid thinking about these stressors. You can choose to envision yourself in any place you consider peaceful and happy place, as long as it’s a place in your mind that is going to take you away from those stressful thoughts and feelings.

Don’t: Leave Electronics Off When Trying to Relax

Because you need to focus on doing absolutely nothing else when you’re meditating, you should try to turn off anything that could potentially turn into a distraction for you. Turn off the TV, put your phone on silent or Do Not Disturb, and close your laptop until you’re done meditating. You don’t need the sound of the TV or a phone call or notification to disrupt a time when you’re trying to focus on relieving worry and finding inner peace.

Following these meditation do’s and don’ts and making meditation a more regular part of your daily routine will allow you to reap the benefits that this practice brings to your health.

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