If you’re just starting out with meditation, and you’ve searched around for information about meditation for beginners, you’ve most probably found all sorts of things. Groove Custom aims to help you in the simplest, fastest way possible.
So were should you start?
Learning How To Meditate
This might sound odd, but you already know how to meditate. If you’ve ever written a test, had a conversation, learned something new, or even written a letter, then you were applying all the principles you need: Focus, concentration and awareness.
When you write a test, you focus all of your attention on the question that you’re busy with. For a moment, there is nothing else but the question. You concentrate, and pay attention to what you’re doing. A conversation involves you having to listen to what someone is saying. You are aware of the person in front of you, with your focus being on what they are saying.
So how do we use these principles to meditate? It really is a lot easier than you might think.
Quick and Easy Meditation For Beginners
This isn’t just a meditation for beginners. It’s a meditation that you can do every day, even after years of meditation practise.
Right now, right where you are, pay attention to your breathing. There’s no need to change how you’re breathing. Just become aware of your breathing.
As you breath in, feel your lungs expand. Is your breath shallow or deep? As you breath out, pay attention to the air moving out of your nose or mouth. Can you feel your chest relax?
Before reading any further, please do this for a minute or 2, and just keep focussing on each in and out breath.
Look at you… You’re meditating!
Of course you’re not going to get great benefit out of 1 or 2 minutes, but I wanted to show you just how easy meditation can actually be.
For meditation techniques, pop on over to the meditation techniques page.
Tips When Learning How To Meditate
When you’re first learning how to meditate, here’s a few things keep in mind. Even if you’ve been meditating for years, reminding yourself about these things is a great help.
Be gentle on yourself
Meditation should be a relaxing, soothing experience. Keep in mind that you’re not running a race or competing with anyone. You know that warm, joyous feeling you get when a young child wants to race you somewhere, and you slow your pace and let them win? That’s the kind of approach you should take with yourself.
If you find your mind wondering off during meditation, try not to become discouraged or frustrated. When you realize your thoughts have drifted off, have a little chuckle to yourself, a gentle, Heartfelt chuckle, then return to your focus.
Show yourself gratitude
Another tip, if you notice your thoughts have wondered off, is to thank yourself. Thank yourself for realizing that you have lost focus. After all, if YOU hadn’t realized that you had lost focus, you could never have returned to it. Become your own personal coach and encourage yourself to keep going.
“Do or do not. There is no try” – Yoda
That wise old little green fellow from Star Wars, as fictitious as he is, gave us some great advice with this famous sentence, and this ties in with the point above about showing yourself gratitude. When you sit to meditate, whether you are new to it, or have been meditating for years, YOU are actually doing it. Even if you can’t manage to focus your mind 100 percent, the mere fact that you are making the effort to meditate is good enough for that moment.
We do not meditate to alleviate the concerns about tomorrow, neither do we meditate to ease the regrets and sorrows of yesterday. We meditate to find the stillness, calm and centre of the present moment. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come. The only thing that exists is NOW!
Will worrying about tomorrow make it any better? Will filling yourself with guilt and regret change the past? All that we can do, if we wish for happiness for ourselves, is to choose to be happy right now.
Meditation is not medication
Meditate daily, whether you’re feeling a little under the weather or you’re feeling on top of the world. Many people think that they only need meditation if they’re feeling stressed, anxious or need to gain a bit of mental focus. Granted, it does help us in these times but, as the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”.