Meditation is harder than you think. Truly silencing your mind to the point where you can’t even hear the clock ticking is an expert-level skill. Silence, or even quietness, is so good for your brain to process information, yet these instances are few and far between. Although you might not reach moksha, here are some meditation tips that will without a doubt increase your quality of life.

I know we’re all tired, but try to wake up 15 minutes – a half hour earlier than your family. This silent time will allow you to clear your mind more easily than if you were competing to block out other noise. It’s the best way to start your day.

Especially if you’re a beginner, you’ll find your mind start to wander. Don’t stress about it; even meditation experts sometimes get off track. Just bring yourself back to a quiet, calm space in your mind, and carry on.

If you’re having a hard time completely clearing your mind, a great alternative is to focus on breathing and/or affirmations. We subconsciously criticize ourselves far too often. Spend your mediation time becoming more aware of this, and focus on how that makes you feel. Replace with positivity and repeat!

Make sure you’re breathing through your nose and out through your mouth. Place your hands on your belly and make sure that it rises when you inhale and exhale, as opposed to your chest. Breathing with your chest puts unnecessary strain your heart, and causes shallow breathing.

These four tips are your start to a more reflective yet calmer mind. Keep this up, and you’ll be on your way to expert level meditation in no time!