Meditation is one way of escaping the stresses of daily life and it can provide you with many moments of bliss. However, for beginners it can be anything but, as starting out meditating can be confusing and even cause stress. This is why we have come up with a beginners guide to mediation.
You will wonder if you are doing it right, how to do it and sometimes be overwhelmed wondering what might happen if you let yourself go totally. We are going to discuss all of this right here and more.
How to prepare yourself for meditation
One of the first things you should do is remember that anyone can meditate anyone at all. One of the most important things to do is go into it with an open mind.
Choose a specific time to meditate
First, choose a time of day to spend time meditating and stick to that time of day. Make this a part of your daily routine, just as you shower and eat dinner.
Don’t expect too much at first
Don’t expect too much at first. You cannot expect to sit down to meditate in the beginning and achieve a state of bliss. It will take time and practice to reach this ultimate goal. This is only achievable by totally clearing your mind and entering a state of deep relaxation and you will not do this if you are worrying about whether you are meditating correctly.
Try and try again
One of the most important things you should take from this beginners guide to mediation is to not give up. At first, you will lose focus and your mind will wander, however, do not give up, just bring your focus back to the mediation session and continue.
Choose a spot where you can relax
When starting your meditation choose a place where you feel comfortable. You might choose to sit on your sofa or a straight back chair or have a specific seat, such as a mediation stool or cushion.
Set a timer for your meditation
Before starting your mediation, you need to choose how long you want to spend meditating. Don’t expect to be able to remain focused for a long period when you first start. 5 or 10 minutes is a good length of time. Set a timer to ring off, you can do this through your smart watch or a simple kitchen timer. With the timer set you don’t have to worry or think about how long you have been meditating.
With your eyes closed, you can take a couple of deep breaths. Do this by breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Let your body relax and feel tension flow out of it. Allow your breathing to go back to a natural flow and take notice of all the sensations, the air in through your nostrils and on the back of the throat and your stomach contracting in and out.
Count your out breaths. When you reach 10, go back to counting again and repeat until the timer stops.
When your time is up slowly open your eyes and notice any feelings. You can now go back to your day having conducted your meditation session.
We have only talked briefly about meditating and the focused breathing technique is just one of the many different types of mediations. It is also one of the easiest and the best type to get started.
Once you have mastered the breathing technique and feel more experimental and want to delve into other types, you can move on to do so.