Here is a bonus read for today. If you have thought about meditating but are unsure how to go about it, this article will help you get started.
Meditation isn’t something just for monks in the mountains. Anyone that wants to can learn how and practice meditating. By meditating, you can become much better at being self-aware, mindful, thoughtful, calm, and much more! Keep reading to find out some great tips on meditation for beginners.
Take It Slow
Meditating isn’t something you master in a day. The mind isn’t something we can ever have complete control over. The important thing is how we process our thoughts and control our ACTIONS. Start by finding a guided meditation video, recording, or written guide that is relatively short. As a beginner, a two-hour meditation exercise can be overwhelming and unproductive, so take it slow. Just like with physical activity, you don’t want to start lifting heavy weights or running triathlons—you need to train and build up to that!
Go With The Flow
During everyday life, we can often push down and bottle up feelings we experience at any given time. It can lead to anxiety, irritability, and more. When you begin meditating regularly, you are taking time out for yourself to process all these emotions appropriately. It allows you to take stock of these feelings, ask yourself why you feel/felt that way, and then let them go and move on. Meditation isn’t about the complete emptiness of the mind. It’s about taking the time to focus and let go of negativity through mindfulness and consideration.
Set Yourself Up For Success
A relaxing environment looks different for each of us. Some people feel most relaxed in a bubble bath, while others do when they are outside sitting on the grass. There’s no set rule for WHERE you should meditate. Other than that, it should be a place that is quiet where you can focus and be relaxed. Make sure you have the tools you prefer as well. These can include headphones, a blanket or pillow, a book or creative project (such as crochet) to wind down beforehand and/or afterward, a timer, water, comfy clothes, etc. Think of things that make you feel relaxed and happy, and incorporate them where you can.
I hope this has made the possibility of practicing meditation less intimidating. Anyone open to it can do it! Make sure you take the time to do it consistently, so you can find it more accessible and easier to process your thoughts and feelings in healthy ways throughout the days.
Until tomorrow, stay safe, and keep the faith.
P.S. Happy meditation!