since I don't know you I have to make some assumptions but I think I would start there. I know in the past when I have started health initiatives like exercise or meditating, I have sacrificed sleep to fit it all in. Sometimes I still do. But I have to remember that good sleep is just as important as anything else. And I can't let anyone dictate how much sleep is right for me either. That is up to my body, not a national average
So, if you are trying to wake up extra early in order to meditate, make sure you are going to bed earlier too. And take your time getting used to the new schedule. If you need some time to just get used to being awake at that hour, take a few days to do something else. Something that will keep you awake.
You could also do something a little stimulating before you meditate. I always brush my teeth and drink a large glass of water when I first get out of bed. And then I meditate. Maybe go for a walk first?
I hope this helps
Sometimes I meditate to calm down or fall asleep, and in that case I lay down.
But often I meditate over a 'certain matter' and then I sit.
Sometimes I even stand up.
A lead meditation, repeated, to suggest some insights can sometimes be done when preparing a cup of tea (or something else that doesn't need much attention).
A bath can be a perfect time for meditating moore 'freely' (over your own topics). When feeling almost weightless, your body will not disturb you.
Sometimes I meditate more focused on the meditation itself. On the breathing and on how the body feels. In those cases it can be a training to 'be disturbed' by the body and to learn how to neglect it. (And not move your legs every time you sense a small pressure.)
When I am having trouble focusing, I try to put my hands i a 'typical meditation position' (your thumbs touching your middle fingers). That helps focusing, because it's a little hard for me.
better than nothing.
If truth be told I grab moments that aren’t the quietest but are free throughout the day. So I might listen on the train on the way to work for example.
Even these first steps are good and true and in the right direction for me.
- How do you feel after meditation?
- How do you meditate well through illness or feeling pain? I find I struggle to breathe gently if I’m snuffling with a heavy cold and find it difficult to find peaceful calm in the face of persistent pain. Does anyone have strategies for meditating through these sort of challenges?
- Do you feel that meditation helps you?
- When do you find it easier to meditate: early in the day or to help wind down at night?
- How does one move from guided meditations to self directed meditation?
- How do I suppose to feel when meditate?
- How often do you recommend meditation?
- Best application to help me meditate?
- What part of meditation is your favorite?
- How do you motivate yourself to accomplish your habits when you’re busy?