Understanding Meditation and How to Meditate?
Meditation is a process of training the mind in the same way fitness is to train the body. We meditate to achieve mindfulness and set ourselves free from any distractions. In simpler words, meditation is understanding the mind and its state. But the most difficult thing which makes it hard for anyone to start doing it is to not be able to figure out how to actually do it when you have never ever actually experienced it? With countless meditation techniques available all over the internet, it actually becomes difficult to find out what really is the best technique suited for beginners. But don’t you worry. We got your back with our 10 tips on how to do Meditation in the most beginner-friendly way.
10 Meditation Tips for the Beginners
1. Understanding the motive for Meditation.
Doing anything aimlessly won’t take you anywhere and the same goes with meditation too. Before starting to practice meditation it is important you know what you want to achieve through it? There are a variety of reasons people bring meditation into their lives. Find yours instead of just following the trend aimlessly. There can be many reasons for doing meditation such as improving creativity, visualizing a goal, or simply experiencing a relaxing state of mind and forgetting about all the anxieties of life.
2. Creating an ecosystem.
As meditation is something to be practiced every day so it is important to create an ecosystem that makes it easier to practice it regularly. An ecosystem involves committing to a regular and consistent practice, a peaceful environment, comfy wear which makes you feel in comfort, a convenient time, and other little things that create a huge impact.
3. Clearing all the Myths.
As much as it is important to know what to do it is equally important to understand what not to do. There are some myths that always surround those who think of starting meditation. These are more of a kind of stereotype than myths, such as it is inherently religious, you need to sit cross-legged, and many more. So don’t fall for these traps as meditation is a skill and you can also learn it through the right practice.
4. Focus on Breathing.
Meditation is not about stopping the thoughts but learning to focus. So start it simple, by focusing all your concentration on inhalation and exhalation. There are many ways to concentrate on your breathing. One of the ways is to focus on contraction and expansion of the lungs while you breathe while the other way is to think about how the air passes through your nose in the process of breathing. You can even try to focus on the sound of your breathing.
5. Sit for at least 2 minutes daily.
When beginning to learn something new we should do it progressively. Like a big task can be easily done by dividing it into smaller segments, the same principle can be applied in learning meditation. Try to sit and focus on your breathing for almost 2 minutes in the starting days and when you get the hang of it, gradually increase the time. Step by step, reach the greater depth as meditation is about depth rather than height.
6. Don’t quit. Resume.
Your mind will take you away from your meditation state for certain. Don’t worry it is common. All you need to do is to get back again to the process of meditation, i.e. to concentrate on your breathing. You can also try counting your breath up to 10 and then start again. Remember if you get lost don’t quit just try again.
7. Worry less, Practice more.
It is a common thing among the beginners in meditation to think they are doing it wrong and their mind just gets stuck in this thought. It’s okay if you are doing it wrong cause we can learn through our mistakes. You should feel elated just by the thought of involving yourself in this mindful process. Just keep practicing consistently.
8. Meditation can be practiced anywhere.
It is often a misconception that you need to practice meditation in a fixed place and by sitting in a fixed position. But that’s wrong. These are all just wrong interpretations by people to which the beginners often fall prey. Remember we also mentioned creating an ecosystem but it is just a tip to help you in the process. You can do meditation at any place and at any time.
9. Breath in a natural pattern.
Before the process of concentrating is interpreted wrongly we are here to remind you that there is no need to change the pattern of breathing. Just breathe naturally and count it. Don’t make any alterations in breathing. You have to only notice the sensation that is caused by breathing such as expansion and contraction of lungs. Meditation is not about changing things but observing things.
10. Notice the Changes.
Don’t try to judge each meditation as to which one was better or which wasn’t. However, after each meditation, you should try to notice how you feel emotionally, mentally, and physically? Do you feel lighter, more clear? Are you more focused? And that’s all you need to keep in mind before starting to meditate.
We hope these tips will help you in the long run of your meditation journey. You can even start to meditate after finishing reading this. All the best from our side and keep meditating.