The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

MEDITATION

“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.” -Paramahansa Yogananda

What is meditation?

If you haven’t tried or don’t know of anyone that meditates, then you’re probably thinking meditating is being alone on a mountain and chanting Ooooommmmm for hours. But in a more toned down sense of the definition, it is just clearing your mind or concentrating your mind on something specific for even just 5-10 minutes.

Why meditate?

Ok so now whyyyy would we want to sit quietly and do nothing for periods of time? Sounds boring doesn’t it?

It is actually quite hard to do!

So what  meditating is really doing is training your brain, kinda like exercising it. And it is good for it just like exercise is good for your body!

It improves concentration, improves mood (even to the point of combating depression), reduces anxiety, improves creativity, and even helps reduce pain!

And I think we could all use some help with at least one of those things!

Therefore, meditating is just as important as exercising for health and well being. It’s something to add to the list of daily must-do’s!

Ok So How Do I Do this Thing That I’ve Only Seen in Japanese Movies???

To start, simply find a quiet place, sit, relax, set a timer (start with 5 minutes if you haven’t tried this before), close your eyes, and try to clear your mind. Continue trying until the timer goes off – don’t check it and disrupt yourself!

Tips

There are apps for smart phones that have timers, background music or natural sounds that help to relax and block out background noise.

There are also videos on YouTube with music to listen to and that guide you through a meditation session.

You can try multiple times per day instead of once if you get disrupted or a time doesn’t work out. Experts meditate for hours so there’s no time limit on this! Though many studies show that meditating in blocks of 20 minutes per day shows the benefits, there are many others that show that even 5 minutes per day gives benefits! Therefore, start where you can and go from there.

Many people also combine meditation with Yoga, so if you’re already a Yoga fan, that may help you!

Next Steps

  • Find the best time of day for at least five to ten minutes of solitude

  • Find an appropriate, quiet setting

  • Start with 5 minutes per day

  • Relax

  • Patience, practice makes perfect and it gets easier!
   

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