Do you want to meditate but don’t know how? Well my friends, you’re in the right place! Meditation is da’ bomb! Keep reading as I peel back the curtain and share this Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a simple, but effective process of practicing stillness. It’s a state of deep peace when the mind is calm, still, and silent. Other words for meditation are ponder, reflection, reverie, thoughtfulness.
Why Would I Want to Meditate?
The benefits and reasons why you’d want to meditate are endless. However, here are just a few to get you started and to wet your palate about what can happen if you meditate consistently:
- Decreases Stress
- Increases Physical Health
- Helps with Chronic Pain
- Helps you Sleep Better
- Increases Clarity and Focus
- Helps you Be More Present
- Helps Quiet the Mind
- Become more Spiritually In Tune
How do I meditate?
It’s easy to start meditating. Here are the basics. Soon you’ll be a mediating master in no time!
- Start small and work your way up
To ease your mind, you don’t need to start with long periods of meditating. You benefit from meditating for only 5 minutes a day. Do what you can, when you can. It’s better to do a little and be consistent then be overwhelmed by a long period of time and not do it at all.
- Eliminate Distractions
Make sure that when you meditate, you’re less likely to be interrupted and you’re comfortable. Keep the area quiet. Many people find relaxing, soothing music in the background helps.
- Good Posture
You want to practice good posture, regardless if you’re sitting or lying. If you’re sitting in a chair, place your feet hip width apart, spine straight. If you’re sitting on the floor, gently cross your legs while keeping your spine straight. If you’re lying down, lie flat, arms at your side, with your legs uncrossed. What’s most important in any position is your spine is straight and you’re comfortable.
- Focus on Your Breath
Take deep, full breaths as you meditate. If your shoulders are moving a lot, then you’re not breathing deep enough. Deep breathing slows down the heart rate and helps you calm down. We don’t breathe deep enough on a regular basis. This will help your cells receive the much needed oxygen and clear out your lungs.
- Focus Your Thoughts
It’s normal when first starting to meditate, for your thoughts to be all over the place. Recognize this and be ok with it. When you notice that your thoughts are wandering, bring your attention back to your deep breathing. Guided meditations are perfect to help focus and guide your thoughts. They will help you until you’re more comfortable meditating on your own.
- Try Your Best Every Day
It’s not about perfection, but rather consistency. The most important thing is you’re consistently meditating and you WILL start to notice positive changes in your life!