There are many practices or approaches for meditation, I am reluctant to add anything of my own here. Few things may work for some and may not for others. It also depends on the commitment we put in. Here are some of the universal practice which has worked for me and I expect them to help most of us.
1) Take up the practice continuously for a period of 21 to 41 days to make it a habit. This duration will train the mind to calm down when you sit to meditate.
2) Combine it with a breathing exercise or yoga but perform them before your meditation session. These practices increase your awareness of breath and body movements. Which in turn will help you to be in the “moment”.
3) It is very natural for the mind to wander and go after any stimuli like sound or tasks in your to-do list. As you practice day by day this will reduce, and you will gain more control and more focus.
4) Better to start with a smaller duration of 10-15 mins per session before attempting to increase it.
5) It is ideal to practice it during sunrise or sunset (Sandhyakal), but as with other habits, regular practice is better than waiting for an ideal environment or time or day.
We are living amidst an information and sensory overload. Your mediation practice can offer a few minutes of rest for your mind from FOMO and other endless thoughts.
“Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind.Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind.Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.”– Naval Ravikant