Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for BeginnersMeditation is one of the best stress-relieving activities that you can do. Meditation also promotes better sleep, makes you feel calmer, aids in concentration and clear thinking, and improves your focus. You can also enjoy a better over-all health by meditating regularly. Taking a few minutes out of your day for quiet contemplation and meditation will help you be more productive and happier as you go about your daily tasks. Use these helpful tips on meditation for beginners to help you get started.

You don’t have to adopt special positions or have a special place to meditate. These can come later. All you need is a comfortable place to sit, where you feel supported and relaxed. Plan a time in advance for meditation; take the phone off the hook, be prepared to ignore the door-bell and other interruptions. Block out 15 to 20 minutes of your time, although, in reality, you will only actually meditate for 5 minutes or so in the beginning. You can utilize a meditation timer that will notify you when your time is up. Meditation timers are a great tool, as they remove the constant distraction and questions of “am I there yet?” After meditation, it is a good idea to sit quietly for a few moments, and not rush off to the next part of your busy day.

It is a good idea to keep a meditation journal; a special book only used for this purpose. As you sit quietly after your meditation, write down any thoughts or feelings that come to you. Some people find that they can write beautiful poetry at this time, which seems to come easily to them, as if from within.

To start your beginner meditation, sit comfortably in a chair or on a cushion on the floor. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing and take off your shoes. Make sure your back is straight and you are comfortable, with no tension in any part of your body.

There are many meditation techniques for beginners out there, but the best advice for the beginner is to keep it simple. The first thing you do is take several slow, deep breaths. With each outward breath, think of releasing the stresses and worries of your everyday life. Breathe in calmness and breathe out tension; you can even say to yourself – “I am breathing in calm; I am breathing out tension.”

Continue to breathe in your own natural rhythm, just observing the breath as it gently moves in and out. Your body is relaxed. You are feeling calm. Clear your mind of the usual chatter that we have going on continuously. Focus on your breathing, and if a thought comes to your mind, acknowledge it and let it go. Don’t stress about any thoughts that come up, just let them float away. Meditation for beginners isn’t an extremely difficult process. It’s important to note, however, that when we first get started in meditation we quickly realize how much chatter goes on in the mind. This is natural, though our goal in meditation is to seek control back from the egoic mind. As we progress in our meditation practice we’re able to quite these constant thoughts.

Keep your early sessions short, to about 5 minutes. As you continue to practice, you will be able to extend this time, but it is best to start off slowly. Don’t worry whether you are doing it correctly, just develop the skill of observing your breathing and controlling the thoughts that come into your mind. You may vary your meditations by adding soft, soothing meditation music in the background, using guided meditations, burning incense, or lighting a candle and gazing at the flame as you breathe.

Make a meditation appointment with yourself each day to form a habit of regular meditation. By following these tips in meditation for beginners, you will soon start to feel the wonderful benefits of this ancient craft.

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