Want to know how to do meditation at home? On this page we’ll be looking at the right techniques for meditating at home, how to find time, where to meditate and more.
When it comes to learning how to meditate at home, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before beginning:
Why do you want to learn how to do meditation at home? For instance, are you looking for pure relaxation, to improve mental health, to improve focus for business or studies etc? Different types of techniques offer different benefits. Write a list of the things you hope to get out of meditating at home. This will help determine which is the right type of meditation for you. Go ahead and write the list now so you can make the most of the rest of this article.
The next question is : Where are you going to meditate? You have already chosen to practice at home, but where exactly? Some atmospheres are more conducive to inner peace than others. A room with a water feature, for instance, is often a favorite meditation area. Or how about in the garden? I’ve created two free guides that will help you decide where to meditate. The first guide helps you to design a meditation room. The second will help you to create a meditation garden.
When? Are there ideal times when the home is quiet and you will not be disturbed? If so, this is a great time for practice.
Take five minutes to answer these questions now. This will help you to commit. The most important part of learning how to do meditation at home is finding the right time and place in which to do it. There are many distractions at home and it is easy to lose the time. By answering these questions you will create a structure that you can use to meditate each day.
Choosing the right type of meditation to do at home
There are a great many different types of meditation. When learning how to practice at home it is important to first find the technique that is right for you.
On our front page you can read about the benefits of each different technique . Here I shall list a few of the most popular techniques and their individual benefits in order to help you choose the right type of meditation for you.
Breathing: Breathing is perfect for general relaxation and for improving focus and concentration. Breathing involves focusing your mind 100% on your breathing. This is arguably the best technique. If you ‘d like to start with this technique, you’ll find my guide to breathing meditations very helpful.
Candle Meditation: This is a slightly more advanced technique in which you sit in a dark room with a lit candle. You look at the candle for 30 seconds, then close your eyes and try to hold the image of the candle in your mind.
Mindfully completing chores : If you do not have 20 minutes twice a day to meditate, it is possible to practice mindfulness while completing chores. For instance, when cleaning the dishes we can practice mindfulness by focussing 100% on the process of cleaning. This is good for relaxation, helps focus, improves the quality of the work we are doing and allows us to meditate when we do not have time.
Vipassana: Vipassana is a style of mindfulness in which we observe our thoughts. It is beneficial for better understanding yourself and for learning to change negative thinking habits, which in turn leads to more positive and productive behaviour. To do Vipassana at home, simply sit somewhere quiet with your eyes close, focus your mind on your breathing and observe any thoughts that arise. I’ve created a guide to Vipassana meditation to help.
Mantra: Mantras are simple. Just close your eyes and repeat a mantra while meditating on it. You can use mantras at home for any kind of aim. For instance, if you are looking to lose weight you could use the mantra “I am eating healthily and feeling slim.” If you would like to find an ideal mantra to begin with, you’ll find our index of mantras invaluable.
How to do meditation at home FAQ
Q: I’m not sure where to practice
- A. You can meditate anytime, anywhere. But it’s best to meditate anywhere you feel comfortable and will not be disturbed. Or, on a warm day, try meditating in the garden.
Q. I’m struggling to find the time
A. Try practicing for ten minutes before bed (as you wont be busy then anyway) and also try some mindfulness meditation while doing housework (so you can meditate while stilling getting things done) .
Q. I want to practice with my children. Any advice?
A. Meditating with children is a great idea, but be sure to pick the right kind of meditation. Simple techniques like breathing are the best here.
Q. I can’t find a quiet spot
A. If noise is a problem there are a few solution. You could play meditation to cover the noise. You could go for a walk and do Zen walking. Or you could look for an alternative place to meditate.
Q. I find it hard to focus. Any advice?
A. Almost all beginners find it hard to focus when meditating. This is naturally. Don’t worry. Keep trying and you will naturally develop more focus over time.
Q. Should I find a teacher or school before beginning?
A. This is entirely up to you. It certainly isn’t necessary. It is safe and relatively easy. That said, the knowledge a meditation teacher or school can offer is valuable. It depends how much you want to get out of meditation and how much you are willing to invest.
Q. I’ve been practicing for a few weeks but haven’t seen much benefit.
A. Try changing technique. If you’re been using seated try standing or moving. If you’ve been doing mindfulness meditation, try mantra meditation etc.
Q. Is it okay to practice in bed?
A. Practicing in bed is okay but not ideal. The reason it is not ideal is because you want to meditate while you have energy. If you’re tired when you start meditating you’re likely to just drift off.
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