We often hear a lot of celebrities talk about how meditation changed their overall perspective in life. Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry and Heather Graham are just some of the stars who credit regular meditation to their calm state of mind.

But, before you jump into the bandwagon, it’s important to know what you can expect in every session. Read the tips below to find out how to get the most out of your meditation:

1 – When meditating, most people find it relaxing when they play nature sounds or soft music and light candles while they sit with crossed legs on a pillow.

None of that is actually required. If you don’t feel like doing that then don’t! Meditation is all about creating a ritual that you enjoy. If you want to lie down throughout the session or if you want to meditate outside then go ahead and do so.

2 – Don’t stuff yourself before you meditate.

Eating a full meal just before your session will only leave you with a grumbling stomach while sitting cross legged on the floor. If you are hungry, eat a light meal (soup or salad) an hour before meditating. If you are too full during your session, this will get in the way of body positioning and breathing.

3 – Keep your back straight through the entire session.

Maintaining proper posture will not only maximize your lung capacity but you are also following the natural curves of your spine. This will allow energy to move properly.

4 – Several meditation guides dictate you to focus on your breathing but thinking about something else can sometimes help, too.

Imagining a peaceful image can also help you enter a deep state of relaxation. Some people on the other hand like to recall happy and loving memories.

5 – Keep your eyes closed to avoid distractions.

By doing so, you are directing your focus towards your internal environment. This will also help you to become more aware of your surroundings.

6 – Our minds are used to assessing, planning and worrying.

And, from time to time we inadvertently think about negative events that disrupt the flow of positive energy. If that happens during your session, try not to judge it. Immediately bring your attention back to your body. Imagine your breath filling your feet as you inhale and leaving as you exhale. Move to different parts of your body until you get to your head. Breathing through the different parts of your body will certainly keep your mind off things.

7 – It doesn’t matter if most people meditate with their legs crossed while sitting on the floor, if you are not comfortable in this position then choose a different position.

Meditating should not be physically painful. It’s very important for you to find a sitting position that you’ll be comfortable in for an extended period of time.