Being on vacation is mainly about rest and relaxation, but what if you could get a lot more out of it?
What if during your vacation you could recharge yourself with more energy than ever before?
Are you ready for something that’s going to change your life forever?
Incorporating daily meditation into your vacation plans can really help you get the most out of your retreat. This guide will explain exactly how to do just that and outlines the many benefits you can reap from adding mindful meditation to your plans.
Table of Contents
- Why Practicing Meditation Makes Total Sense
- Take Your Daily Practice on Vacation
- Mindfulness Wherever You Go
Why Practicing Meditation Makes Total Sense
Most people assume that meditation is about sitting cross-legged and thinking about whatever comes to mind, and that there’s no real practical purpose to it. Some would even call it a complete waste of time. Of course most of these people have never really meditated a day in their life.
The truth is that meditation can have a powerful impact on your wellbeing and overall energy.
Furthermore, it can help you deal with various unbalanced emotional states and bring them into harmony. However, in order to get maximum benefits it is important to commit to at least 30 minutes of meditation each day.
The more often you meditate, the better; but remember, start slow and gradually and work your way up to this goal. If you can meditate every day of your vacation for only a few minutes at a time, then do it.
To get started, let’s look at some of the known benefits of meditation:
1. You’ll Sleep So Much Better
One of the most important things about practicing meditation before going to bed is that you can be sure the your quality of sleep is going to be deep and highly energizing.
In some rare cases it can even prevent insomnia.
Since beginning daily meditation before bedtime, never before have I slept so well. The practice has radically improved my sleeping schedule. But don’t just take my word for it, try it out for yourself. You will be surprised by the results.
2. Your Energy Levels Will Soar
Your internal energy will gain a great boost from meditation.
In a deep state of meditation your body will recharge with energy in a powerful way. This radical shift will easily be noticed. This is one of the most useful benefits from this practice.
Once I started meditating regularly, my energy levels improved to the point where I started sleeping less and getting more things done throughout the day.
3. Your Balance Will Be On Point
Another important aspect that comes from meditation is balance.
Here I am describing both mental and emotional balance. When you practice regular meditation, your mind stabilizes and becomes organized and disciplined, while your emotional states become easier to control.
You will no longer feel like thoughts and emotions are controlling you; it will be the other way around. You will become a sovereign of your life.
Before getting into meditation, my mind was all over the place; but, in time and with perseverance, I reached an internal balance that helped me overcome many stressful situations with relative ease.
4. You’ll Be Far Less Forgetful
When you meditate, you gradually become more aware of everything going on around you because the mind is no longer distracted.
It should come as no surprise that if you’re consciously more aware of things, your recall ability will improve greatly.
In the past I used to forget things easily; but after a few months of daily meditation I began to retain all sorts of details about what I’ve read, where I had placed things, what tasks I had left to do that day, etc.
5. You’ll Gain a Finer-Tuned Focus
Proper meditation also improves your focus because you learn to pay attention to your breath and not allow other thoughts to divide your attention.
If practiced enough, it will not only manifest while meditating but also while you’re in a regular state of consciousness. This means your focus will become laser sharp!
After practicing daily meditation for some time, I can easily focus on a task without becoming distracted.
This has helped me a great deal in every project that I’ve worked on. When your mind is totally present in the moment, it becomes an actual force. Things will get done properly and on time. There is little doubt about how useful this ability will become in time.
6. Pain Will No Longer Phase You
Whatever the cause of injury might be, meditation can help reduce your pain.
This is not to say that you will no longer feel that pain, it’s just that it will move into the background somewhere.
Through daily meditation you will learn pain control.
The more I meditated, the more I was able to control how much physical pain bothered me. The pain was still there, it just didn’t have the same effect on me as prior to my incorporating a daily meditation routine.
7. You’ll Become Enlightened
Ultimately meditation makes you realize that you’re something above a physical body. You’re not the body or emotions… or even your thoughts.
This will give you an unusual freedom.
You will no longer feel as limited as before and your entire perception of life will change. In some cases the fear of death will disappear altogether.
The exact internal states are difficult to describe, but when practicing daily meditation a feeling of superior happiness will manifest and will even make you question what happiness really is.
Years back when I started meditating it just seemed like a boring activity at first. It took a while to fully grasp the depth of what meditation actually meant. At that stage it still seemed forced (and to be honest it was to a certain extent).
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to discipline yourself to keep going at the beginning. This is when it seems like nothing actually gets done, although eventually you’ll discover that there’s something to it, which will change you in many positive ways.
You might find many reasons to discontinue the practice, but you have to keep going if you want to see real results. Don’t give up!
This in itself is a lesson when it comes to meditation and even life itself. One must develop patience in order to succeed in reaching the deeper states. In fact anything worth going after in life will require patience and determination.
Nothing happens overnight!
Take Your Daily Practice on Vacation
So, you’re on vacation and you want to get the most out of your meditations. How do you do it? It’s actually pretty simple and can easily be scheduled into your plans.
If you’re on vacation with your kids, the good thing about meditation is that anybody can do it.
No matter what age, meditation is safe for everyone–so get the kids to join in! It can be beneficial to encourage your children to meditate from an early age, but there’s no reason to insist on it if they find no pleasure in it. Then again, you never know; kids will sometimes surprise you with their curiosity and interest in trying new things!
So no matter who has come along for vacation, whether you choose to meditate solo or as a family, it’s possible to reap the benefits even when you’re away from home.
Start Reaping the Rewards of Mindfulness Today
Now that you understand the vast benefits of meditation, and that anyone can practice meditation just about anywhere, you may be wondering: what are the essential components for a successful meditation session?
1. Embrace Silence
There’s no real meditation without first finding a quiet spot.
Unless you’re an experienced practitioner who has been meditating for decades, the noise will most likely distract and even bother you during the meditation.
You can use ear plugs to cancel most external noise if a quiet place cannot be found.
Depending on where you are vacationing, consider the idea of meditating in nature. For instance, if you are on a hike or are walking through a forest and find a nice quiet place for meditation, then go for it!
2. Get In a Proper Position
Once you’ve found the right place for meditation, choosing a position to meditate in that you’re comfortable with is essential to the quality of the experience.
If you meditate in a difficult posture that causes pain, then you can imagine that the experience will have a negative impact on you.
Be careful about meditating in bed, as it is very easy to fall asleep.
Another thing worth mentioning is that often a meditation posture is not comfortable at first; in fact, it could take months to get used to the posture so that you feel totally relaxed while in it. While on vacation, cut yourself some slack and stick to a posture that’s already easy to relax in, such as sitting comfortably.
3. Dress for Success
It is best to wear something relaxing while meditating, otherwise it will distract your internal focus to the external aspects that make your body uncomfortable.
Needless to say, the temperature of the body has to be pleasant. You don’t want to have clothing on that makes you feel too warm or too cold. If you want to meditate outside make sure that you check the weather and that you’re prepared accordingly.
Your choice of clothing can really make a big difference when it comes to the quality of your meditations.
4. Be Mindful of What You Eat (and Drink)
It’s recommendable to drink water before a meditation to have the body hydrated.
Another very important aspect is to never meditate right after you eat.
Take a break of 2-3 hours after a meal, before beginning to meditate. I’ve ignored this aspect before and it didn’t end up well. Here would be a great place to mention that meditation has a powerful and beneficial effect on digestion.
5. Destroy All Distractions
Make sure to turn off the TV, the laptop, the tablet, the phone, etc. for the period that you will be meditating.
It’s important that you will not be disturbed from your meditation by a sudden noise. Distractions such as these could make the entire experience difficult and you won’t reap as many benefits.
It’s most unpleasant to be engaged in deep meditation and suddenly be forced out of it.
6. Plan Accordingly
It would be unwise to meditate immediately after playing games, watching a movie or listening to music for a prolonged period of time.
In all those cases the mind will become increasingly more active with various thoughts. To meditate in such a state would be a constant struggle. I remember when I used to play video games years ago and then tried to meditate after that. Those were the most unsuccessful meditations of my life.
Ready, Set, Meditate!
Take the posture that you are most comfortable in and begin by slowly breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Keep on doing that for a while until you feel quite relaxed.
Being relaxed in a meditation is a very important aspect if you want to succeed in attaining deeper states of consciousness.
After that, continue to pay attention to your breath, but breathe only through the nose now.
The true mental freedom and the real appreciation of meditation will come when you will realize that empty gap between breaths and especially between your thoughts.
That pure emptiness is the true internal peace. When you’re able to maintain that state, your body will be filled with energy and the meditation will become a blessing!
It’s essential not to become frustrated or upset because you’re unable to let go at first because intrusive thoughts keep flooding into your awareness.
Acknowledge the situation and continue forward with the meditation.
Little by little you will continue making progress as long as you keep going and maintain a calm attitude. There’s no reason to try to force things.
A meditative state should come naturally, almost all on its own. You’ll need to learn to adapt to your internal states and go with the flow, while at the same time retaining awareness.
That’s it! Keep it up and reap a ton of rewards.
Mindfulness Wherever You Go
Similarly to anything else, for lasting results you will need to meditate daily for sustained periods of time. However, on vacation is the best time to start this practice and get a taste of its power.
Once you get hooked while on vacation, you’ll be looking for other ways to integrate meditation in your everyday life.
It was only after I had been meditating for months on a daily basis that the real benefits started to become obvious to me.
However, this shouldn’t discourage you from meditating. You don’t need to meditate daily for that long in order to see a significant change in your life. And although at this point it might seem difficult to integrate meditation in your daily life when you’re not on vacation, eventually you will find a way.
I wish you the very best on your meditation journey. If you begin a daily practice while on your vacation, it will surely be one you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
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