meditation 101

Updated: Jan 4

You may have friends who meditate, or you may have been wanting to try it yourself. Meditation has many benefits, such as better mental health, reduced stress, enhanced self-awareness, and so many more. With that in mind, you may have tried to meditate in the past to no avail.

Meditation is not something you can sit down and do correctly the first time - it takes practice. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips for beginners that can help you start the path to a lifelong love of meditation.

find time

The first thing you need to do if you’re considering starting a meditation practice is to find time. For some people, simply finding the time to start your practice can be the hardest part. We recommend finding a time when your mind is calm, which for most people is first thing in the morning, but for others, it might be right before you go to bed. If you’re just starting your meditation practice, it might be a better idea to start first thing in the morning, especially if you have a habit of putting things off until there isn’t any time left.

establish a routine

Once you find a time to meditate that works for you, it’s important to establish a routine with your practice. That being said, we understand that sometimes life happens, and you may need to put off your practice until another time, but it’s best to try and meditate at the same time and in the same place every day. The reason it’s important to establish a routine is because, over time, starting your practice at the same time and in the same place will make it easier for you to enter a meditative state more quickly, as well as help you form a lasting habit. However, if you’re finding it difficult to meditate, you do have the option of switching up your routine. Consider finding a new place that is quiet, or try meditating at a different time of the day.

comfort is key

When it comes to meditating, it’s important for you to feel comfortable at all times, whether that be in your environment, with your feelings, or even with how you sit when you meditate. Meditation is a unique experience for each individual, and the way you meditate may not feel as comfortable to someone else as it does to you.

The first few times you meditate, consider trying out different positions to see what feels the best. Most photos will show people sitting cross-legged, but that isn’t necessary. If you feel comfortable sitting with your legs crossed, then by all means sit that way, but if you feel more comfortable sitting in a chair, on your bed, or not even sitting at all, you have a duty to yourself to do what feels best for you.

return after you wander

Wandering minds are normal, especially when you’re new to meditating. Some people recommend beginning your practice by only meditating for a few minutes at a time to help your body and mind build up to longer periods of meditation. However, that choice is up to you. As you start to meditate more frequently, you may find that your mind tries to wander. When it does, don’t try to force yourself back into the meditative state. Instead, smile to yourself, and try to calmly refocus on your breath.

check in with your feelings

It’s important to note that when beginners first start meditating, they may experience feelings of anxiety or stress because it is something their minds and bodies aren’t used to. These feelings are normal, and they will subside with practice. That being said, at some point in the beginning of your practice, it’s a good idea to check in with yourself and see how you’re feeling. How does your mind feel? Does your body feel good? Regardless of your answer, know that whatever you feel during a meditation session is ok. Eventually, meditation can help your body understand your emotions more fully and help you accept them as they come, which is not only good for your meditation practice, but it can also be beneficial for your daily life.

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