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How To Meditate Part 8 — Simple Ways to Start Meditating

7 Tips For When You Start Meditating

The best thing about meditating is that it doesn’t require a lot of time. All you need is to set aside 20 minutes per day for this beneficial exercise.

Select a Time To Meditate

You want to choose a time that is convenient for you. During this time period ensure that you will not be disturbed. You need to feel relaxed and your mind should be free of worry. Many people enjoy meditating either as the sun comes up or goes down. If possible you could even meditate outside.

Find A Quiet Location For Your Meditation

This is very important as you don’t want to have your spouse or children interrupt you. A quiet room in the house would work or even a secluded spot in your garden.

Your Meditation Position

You need to sit comfortably while meditating. Sitting cross legged, or in the lotus position, is only recommended for those that feel comfortable in this positions (which most don’t). Know that it is absolutely not necessary, as sitting in a position that is not comfortable will make your mind drift to the stresses in your body, rather than to a feeling of relaxation. You can sit comfortably on a chair and still receive the same benefits.

Meditate Before Meals

If you eat a large meal you often feel tired and lethargic. This is why it is best to meditate before you eat. But, do not try and meditate if you are on the verge of getting really hungry, otherwise your concentration levels will be disrupted. Also, eating after you meditate brings your mind back in connection with your body and the physical.

Warm Up Before You Start Meditating

As with any type of exercise you want to warm up, even if you are just going to be sitting down. This helps to get your blood flowing to all areas of your body and your brain. Plus it helps to make you feel more alert and ready to meditate. Even if it’s perfect after a fitness workout, you can just do some gentle stretches, or some Qi Gong breathing exercises too.

Smile When You Start Your Meditation

Just the act of smiling can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. Remember you are going to learn how to relax and allow your mind to wander. Feeling happier is one easy way to make this happen.

Close Your Eyes For A Deeper Meditation

There are meditation practices where you have your eyes open. Those staring at a candle or religious symbol, or when you are doing a walking meditation. However, during a more traditional meditation process you will be sitting or standing with your eyes closed. When your 20 minutes are up you don’t want to rush to open your eyes. Instead, give yourself plenty of time to become aware of your surroundings again. In the same way you don’t want to jump up and run for the phone, your office, or your busy schedule! Allow your body and your mind to return to its conscious state again.

By following the above steps you can easily reap more benefits from your sessions. Remember that the more often you meditate, the easier the entire process will be for you.

One of the best resource to learn to meditate is the Stillness Project. You can find more information here:

The Stillness Project

 

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