Meditation Tips For Beginners
The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. The same is true for the development of meditation skills. Beginners need to start somewhere and build healthy habits so that meditation becomes more beneficial with every passing day. These tips will help to make that happen.
#1. Decide to make it a habit.
If you aren’t committed to including meditation into your daily routine, then it isn’t going to happen. Decide right now that you’re going to make meditation a habit instead of a task to be completed.
#2. Take baby steps.
Any amount of time you spend meditating helps to improve your balance. Some people can meditate for 20 minutes twice a day. Others struggle to make 5 minutes for meditation. Find your comfort zone, keep at it, and increase the amount of time when you can.
#3. Schedule it in.
When you first get started with meditation, you’ll find that many other distractions will demand your time. Ignoring those distractions doesn’t always happen. To establish meditation as a habit, try scheduling in a specific time during your day on your calendar that is 100% dedicated to it. Make it yours no matter what.
#4. Get comfortable.
Meditation doesn’t require a specific pose. Some people transition from prayer to meditation and just remain on their knees. Others sit in a recliner. Some folks meditate while standing in the shower. Find what works for you so that your body feels supported by the practice.
#5. Set clear goals.
Meditation improves when you have something specific to accomplish. Reducing stress is a worthy goal. Improving your emotional stability is a great goal as well. By creating something to achieve, the subconscious is able to better work with the conscious mind to provide you with success.
#6. Find a focus point.
Many beginners tend to focus on their breathing as they start to meditate. Counting breaths and feeling the air flow in and out is good. Slow the breathing down. Feel your body relax. Anything that can help you focus can do the same thing.
#7. Stop worrying.
It’s easy to become frustrated when it feels like meditation time isn’t happening the way it should. Maybe the wind wanders or you feel worries creeping in as you’re trying to de-stress. Don’t worry about finding the perfect way to meditate. Find your own path.
#8. Be content in all things.
There is a lot to appreciate in life. Look for these things and be content with where you are. Good things will still come to you and bad things will still happen from time to time. Being grateful in all things allows us to look for good in any place and that can change the way stress is approached.
#9. Focus on the moment.
There is perfection that can be found in every moment of every day. We often get lost in looking forward to what will happen in the future. The future can wait. The moment right now that you’re in will only experience in this instant. Focus upon it and let it flow over you.
Far too often we focus on the process of meditation instead of the outcome. How you meditate is less important than the purpose of meditating. Set time aside, include these tips as they make sense, and you may just find it is a little easier to settle into a habit of meditating.