Meditation 101: Tips for Beginners
Meditation is often associated solely with Buddhism and yoga, but its benefits are far reaching and more universal than you might think. Meditation is a way to help ground yourself and find solace in even the smallest of moments. As we quoted Buddha in an earlier blog, “There is no way to Happiness. Happiness is the way.” There are many elements to mediation as a practice and discipline, but there are some basic tricks and tips to make it more accessible to beginners.
Getting into meditation can seem a daunting task, but like most tasks in life, it’s important to start small and simple. Try setting a goal for yourself to meditate for two minutes each day. This way you can work it into your schedule easily. Be sure you’re not over complicating things by worrying about how you’re doing it, just do what feels comfortable and natural.
Once you’ve found a place and time that works for you, simply try to meditate for a couple minutes. Close your eyes and check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you are feeling. Then count your breaths as you breathe in deeply and breathe out fully. Breathe in tension. Breathe out tranquility. Do this at least ten times and repeat if necessary. This is a great way to start the practice by grounding yourself in the moment.
Next focus on your mind. Don’t simply try to clear it or stop all thoughts from entering. Let you mind wander to where it wants to go. Now focus on that for a while. Address the feelings that come up then return to focusing on your breath. This is a way to find yourself and to focus on what is going on in your body as well as your mind.
Make mediation a habit to clear your mind from the chaos of daily life and check in with yourself. Studies have shown that regular meditation can bring more feelings of well-being, decrease anxiety, and increase relaxation. Try making this a part of your daily routine and don’t try to become an expert right away. Remember that mediation will get easier the more you do it. That’s why it’s called a practice, after all.
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