It’s no secret that meditation helps people. There have been books written about the benefits. It’s been talked about and practiced for centuries. But, to a person just beginning meditation, it can seem completely daunting!
Beginning meditation is intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. You simply need a place to relax and a few key concepts to be well on your way. We will cover that here.
The first thing is to set some kind and gentle expectations with yourself. To me, meditation is all about connecting with the present and being at peace with it. You don’t need to be a pro to get benefits out of meditation.
Frankly, you won’t be a pro anytime soon! Beginning meditation will be uncomfortable, but trust me: the benefits outweigh the awkwardness.
What Do I Need When Beginning Meditation?
Luckily, beginning meditation does not require much. If you’re truly just starting out, you can begin with yourself and someplace quiet(ish) to sit. A chair, a cushion, the floor, or the bed are all viable options.
You may have seen people out by the sea with a special meditation cushion, meditating peacefully with the waves lapping at the shore and an occasional cry of a seagull. Well, I hate to break it to you, but that may not be anytime soon!
Personally, I sneak in a couple of minutes after my toddler goes to sleep right before I doze off. It’s not only helped me sleep better, but it’s curbed my anxiety quite a bit.
So, long story short, you don’t need much to begin!
Okay, How Do I Start?
The biggest hurdle is just to make sure to start. Then, just follow these basic principals and you are well on your way.
Get Comfortable. You can sit cross-legged on the floor. You can sit in a chair. You can even lay in your bed. The important thing is to be comfortable.
Breathe. Breathe in, breathe out. Connect with your breath. Try to relax as much as you can. Take a long, deep breath in. Hold it for four seconds. Let your breath out slowly and fully. Repeat. It feels weird, to sit there and breathe, but that’s part of being in the present!
Close Your Eyes. Once you’ve relaxed a little and gotten used to the rhythm of your breath, let your eyes shut. Keep breathing, but feel free to return it to a natural pace.
Focus on Your Breath. The point of meditation is to be in the here-and-now. The very current moment. Your mind will drift, that’s part of the process. Gently accept it, and continue breathing.
Relax. A ton of the meditations I’ve been listening to encourage a body scan. Start at your head and scan through each part of your body. If you notice any tense areas, try to relax them and continue with your scan.
Open Your Eyes. When you’re ready, open your eyes. You’ve completed your first mediation!
It can feel messy at first. Don’t get frustrated. You’ll get there.
Interested in More?
If you want to learn more about meditation, there’s plenty of resources out there. This is my personal favorite!10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story
If you need help with a guided meditation experience, I highly suggest the app Calm! I tried both Calm and Headspace, and I liked Calm a lot more. Again, this is a personal preference. They both have free trials that you can try as well!
Need a Reminder?
If you need a reminder, I’ve made a printable that I have put on my bathroom wall to constantly remind me to breathe. I noticed I tend to rush in the bathroom and get anxious there. Even seeing this print helps me feel a lot more sane and in the present! Use code BEGIN to get the meditation reminder printable for only ONE DOLLAR! Coupon expires July 31, 2021.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other tips or questions in the comments!
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