Today I’m going to explain how you can find your best meditation of the day. I’m also going to shed light on several meditation secrets, and reveal a key mistake you might be making with meditation.
You see, there are all sorts of meditation apps that give you a “Meditation of the day”. And they do this to incentivise you to continue to subscribe to their apps. Tech companies, hey?
Problem is, the only person who can know your best meditation of the day is you.
You see, the meditation you should do today depends on what has been happening in your mind for the past 24 hours. And the only person who knows that is you.
You want to use your daily meditation practice to evolve your mind based on the types of thoughts and feelings you have been experiencing recently. That’s the only way to find your real best meditation of the day.
If that sounds difficult, don’t worry. I’m going to make it really easy for you.
Finding YOUR Meditation of the Day
If you truly want to find your best meditation for today, you need to do a little insight.
What I’ve learned about meditation from my years of practise as a professional meditation teacher is that it is a two way street. You need to listen to your mind before you decide which meditation to do today.
To find your meditation of the day, follow this simple formula:
- Think about the past 24 hours
- Consider the types of thoughts and feelings youve been experiencing
- Is there a pattern? For instance, maybe you keep self criticising, or you are worried about an event that is coming up. Make a note of that
- Choose a meditation that will correct whatever problems you,ve been experiencing over the past 24 hours.
- Note that one great way to do this is by keeping a meditation journal.
*Refer to our guide to types of meditation for tutorials on all the methods I discuss below.
1: You just generally feel stressed or anxious. No real reason.
If you just generally feel stressed or anxious for no real reason, it is likely because of imbalanced cortisol levels, overactive sympathetic nervous system or similar problem.
The best way to correct this is with Anapanasati and other breathing meditations. So if that sounds like you, this is your meditation of the day.
2: I’m being really critical to myself or others
If you are being hypercritical it is likely because your compassion levels are down. Compassion levels can vary, and when we lack compassion we tend to judge ourselves and others.
Naturally, to correct this issue you will want to practise compassion meditation. There are different methods for this, such as Metta (Loving Kindness), Karuna, and Tonglen.
Make sure you practise compassion for yourself, because as Buddha said, “If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete”.
3: I just feel disappointed, feel like life sucks
Let’s be honest with each other. We all have times when it feels like life sucks. That’s just a part of being human. But the enlightened mind realises that such negativity is delusional, it is just a temporary perspective.
If you’re feeling this way, your best meditation for the day is Gratitude. We we practise gratitude we come to see the good in all things. Like Wayne Dyer says, “The universe provides for us abundantly when we have a heart of gratefulness”.
4: My thoughts are racing all over the place
Sometimes the mind is still as a lake, and other times it is racing like white water rapids.
If you want to cultivate inner stillness, a wise choice would be mantra meditations.
The gentle repetition of a simple mantra gives the mind something to focus on, and silences unruly thoughts.
5: I want to fire myself up to be motivated
So you want to light your fire and feel positive. You want to feel motivated to achieve great things. Awesome.
Motivation is based on our sense of risk and reward, and our belief that a goal is attainable. To create motivation you need to increase your sense of reward and your self belief.
Naturally, your best meditation is this: Meditation for Motivation.
Ultimately, the only person who can tell you what meditation you should do today is you.
The trick is to start having a dialogue with your mind. Listen to the thoughts in your mind. Find patterns and areas for improvement. Then choose a meditation based on those insights.
That’s the enlightened way to meditate.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison