A simple guide on how to meditate for beginners.
...and how do you discover what meditation technique is most effective for you, because meditation is personal, and what works for one may not work for another.
It's the most common question
You try different ones and see what feels right for you.
Sticking with a particular daily meditation technique for 4-6 weeks will give you a good indication of what works best for you.
There are many different meditation techniques.
However, the end result, the intention, is to calm your mind to help deal with the daily stress of life, anger, anxiety, and other such taxing emotions.
If you are just starting out, here is a beginners meditation technique that takes meditation back to basics.
No need to worry about looking like a monk for you to experience the benefits of meditation.
Find a place where you will not be disturbed, i.e. a room where no one will butt in.
Turn off the phone, make sure there is mininal or no noise, etc. It is time to surrender to mindfulness.
Meditation is about being present.
Being in the NOW moment.
*Note that these aren't "rules" that are necessary for meditation to happen, but are suggestions that are important in order for you to have a less distracted experience*
Naturally, your mind will wander to one thousand places. That is normal.
Even those who have been practicing meditation for many years still deal with that.
When your mind wanders, do not get irritated at yourself. Simply bring your awareness back to your breath.
Lovingly, and kindly. Every time.
Some people find that calming music helps to keep them centered.
Just be sure the music doesn't send youto sleep, as the goal of meditation is to remain alert but calm.
If you do happen to fall asleep in the process however, that is good too.
Because meditation is one of the easiest activities to procrastinate on, I find it very helpful to set aside a time dedicated to meditation.
The best time to meditate simply depends on your schedule. Most people find it beneficial to meditate at sunset, just before bedtime, or at sunrise OR right after waking up.
Regardless, just having a dedicated time and quiet place is all that's important.
Meditation isn't about being a "perfectionist".
A word of caution: Meditation is not something you do for 1 week then decide it doesn't work.
You do it over and over, stay committed.
Everyday, perhaps twice a day.
Over and over.
When you have been doing this meditation technique consistently for 4-6 weeks, you will not want to stop.
Moreover, the pure delightful joy you will begin to experience in your life will make you wonder how you ever survived without meditation.
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