Meditation is no longer a hype. Even though you can read about it from various magazines, newspapers and online, it is not a trendy thing anymore. It is here and will stay as an effective tool to cultivate one’s mind. Meditation for beginners could be confusing.
Similarly, as with nutrition, it started to accumulate a lot of ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ around. Quite often it is simply commercialised in order to make a profit on you meditating. Think about expensive apps or fancy cushions, music and special clothing, luxury retreats and events. Whereas there is nothing ultimately wrong with all of these, it may pose a problem for a beginner to meditation. Any newbie might start thinking that meditation is just a spiritual tool, but it needs a lot of effort and resources in order to start practicing.
It cannot be further from the truth!
Meditation happens when you concentrate and observe, you pay full attention to what you are doing and being mindful about it. Meditation can be a sitting one, walking, but also during yoga, cooking or running and so on.
In order to practice meditation, you do not anything. Well, except for your time to dedicate to it fully.
You do not even need an enormous amount of time – research has shown that 15-30 minutes of a daily meditation practice that happens regularly (read, every day) is enough for everyone to start experiencing profound changes in their mood, ability to cope with stress, become calmer and more emotionally stable. For more research and benefits that go beyond calmness and relaxation, but also positively influence your physical and mental health, simply visit our Benefits of Meditation page. We update it with the most up-to-date research on meditation practices and mindfulness.
Meditation for beginners: first steps
So if you have decided to try meditation, we have also got a very straightforward guide to meditation. You simply sit and concentrate on your breathing.
For the step by step instructions, please visit our How to Meditate page. It is very simple and you do not need anything at all, simply allocate some time to it.
Time is most probably our most precious resource
Meditation will bring great results for you if you find regular time slots when you simply practice meditation.
Try to avoid distractions at that time and create some sort of a habit. Many people like to meditate first thing in the morning, it energises them for the whole day and fills with serene, calm and pro-active energy.
Start avoiding excuses, and even though you may travel that day or have an important errand to run, remember to find an alternative time to practice. Maybe you simply need to set up your alarm 30 minutes earlier that day and you would be totally fine?!
It cannot be stressed enough how important is this regular practice. Think about it the other way – don’t you think that your health and happiness are important enough for you to dedicate just 30 minutes of your time per day?
If a person is not sure, and many of us were there too, it means that the world has sucked him or her in so much that they are no longer masters of their own time. People who cannot allow themselves to get away from their routine for just 30 minutes most probably do not like themselves enough to simply say that their health and happiness are worth it.
It may sound a bit egoistic, but if one is calmer, more composed and feels good about themselves, they are capable of more harmonious relationships with others. They can enjoy whatever they are doing much more. As we are very interconnected, our meditation practice is not only beneficial for us, it allows us to live in a better world. This world is peaceful and joyful.
Meditation for beginners is easy
Have a go at it. Sit for 10 mites to start with. Do the same tomorrow and the day after. Call it a ritual, a habit or simply something how you show some love for yourself and others. Do it for others too. Follow our basic instructions and don’t hesitate to ask questions if something is not super clear. Thanks and have a good start with your meditation practice.