Meditation Tips for Beginners
Meditation is a natural way to soothe your mind, body, and spirit that can be enriching to your life. It can leave you with a sense of rejuvenation after meditation for just a few short minutes, which makes it an efficient way to add some peace to your fast-paced life and send you off in a better state of mind. It can be challenging to start meditating at this point in your life when you haven’t previously experimented with it before, which is why many end up shying away or falling off their meditation routine. Here are some tips for those eager to get started but are still unsure about how.
- Start small. Some only meditate for 5 minutes, and that is simply enough for them. Figure out what is enough time for you. Don’t push yourself any longer than you are comfortable with, because this will cause your mind to wander or lose focus. Meditation can be daunting to some, and it may take practice and concentration to reach a comfortable place, so don’t expect to be a master at first. Start with a two minute meditation on your first few attempts and then add on a few minutes whenever you feel ready.
- Leave your ego at the door. Some try to jump into meditation with a feeling of what they should be doing, and sometimes cheat themselves to get there. “Well I was able to meditate for 10 minutes on my first try, so I know what I’m doing!” Be honest with yourself and avoid forming bad habits by trying to prove something to yourself. Let everything happen organically and you will get the most fulfillment.
- At the same time, do try to be diligent. Most forms of meditation involve directing your mind away from the thoughts that naturally come to us. Since we spend almost every waking moment with some thought on our minds, it’s actually pretty hard to accomplish this! Make an effort not to indulge in these thoughts when they do come to you, and instead let them continuously pass. Also be diligent in making an effort to meditate daily, as it will yield greater effects in the long run if you practice more often. Doing it once a week may not have very noticeable effects. Once you get used to it, meditation can ease itself into your morning ritual as seamlessly as to brushing your teeth or having your morning coffee.
- Don’t be afraid to do it your own way. There are many different forms of meditation that can sometimes be opposing in nature, like concentrative meditation, which focuses on a single point, to mindfulness meditation, which allows you to acknowledge and be aware of your passing thoughts. There are also different methods, such as walking meditation or driving meditation that allow you to perform those respective actions while you meditate instead of staying in your standard sitting lotus position. There really is no “right” way when it comes to meditation, as it varies from person to person.
- Prepare a meditation space. Creating a relaxing space that is yours alone will help you get into a more relaxed headspace, and undoubtedly affect your mood. Having a space designated solely to meditation will help you center yourself instead of being bogged down by your surroundings. After repetition you may come to find your brain will associate this spot with your meditation routine and recognize where it should be going once you get yourself situated in this spot.
- Shannon Kaszuba