5 Meditation Tips for Beginners


Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. – George MacDonald

The health benefits of meditation are vast and well documented, from fighting anxiety to increasing fertility, we now know that sitting down and meditating for twenty minutes a day can improve our physical and mental well-being. So, why are so few of us doing it? It's only in recent times that the practice of meditation has been enthused by western societies and I think the lack of education is the answer. 

I found it daunting when I first began meditating, but, as with all things, it gets easier - you are constantly learning. The most important thing is that you keep practicing, in the words of the Dalai Lama 'it is unrealistic to expect results from meditation within a short period of time. What is required is continuous sustained effort'.

1. LOCATION

One of the most important factors of meditation is the location in which you practice it in. It's best to choose a surrounding that is clean, airy, pleasant, restful and as free from interruptions as possible. You might choose to meditate outside, which is also absolutely fine. Just make sure your chosen location is peaceful on all of the senses.

2. POSTURE

Keeping a straight back with the head and neck in line with the spine is crucial. It's important to be comfortable too and there are many variations of posture that can be used for all different levels of meditators. The Lotus Posture (Padmasana) is the most famous and arguably the most difficult to master - placing both feet upwards on the thighs, each as high up the thigh as possible. The easiest pose to begin with is the Easy Posture (Sukhasana) in which the legs are crossed and the knees are kept as low as is comfortable. 

3. BREATHING

The first thing to remember is to breath through the nostrils, not the mouth. To get started I usually take 3 to 5 deep breaths, filling up my lungs with as much air as I can take and then exhaling slowly and quietly. I read somewhere that a good way to think of it is to imagine yourself inhaling a big white cloud and then exhaling out a black cloud, filled with all of the negative energy and tension. 
Focus on how it feels to breathe, slow and smooth breathing calms the mind and ultimately makes for a better meditation.

 4. OBSERVATION

I think the hardest part for me was observing and accepting my thoughts and surroundings without judgement. It's so easy to let your mind wander and it's totally natural if that does happen, you just have to accept your thoughts or senses and refocus on your breathing.

5. EXPERIMENT

Finally, make sure you experiment, you might want to try meditating with your eyes open or closed, sat or laid, outside or inside, there are so many ways to make meditation work for you. Find what suits you best and stick to it. 

Personally, I like to meditate in the morning as I find it's a great way to centre yourself and begin the day peacefully.  

What has your experience with meditation been so far?

6 comments :

  1. I've never tried meditation before, but I'd really like to learn as I imagine it would me destress a lot! xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  2. omg this is such great advice! I want to try meditating now. thanks for writing this, and for commenting on my blog so I could discover yours :)

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  3. i'd love to try this, thanks for sharing!

    xx fameliquorlove // bloglovin // instagram

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  4. I've never tried this before. I think I'd have to try it to see if it works but I just feel like it wont! It would be the observation part that I would struggle with. Clearing my mind just is something I'm not great at!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  5. My RS teacher used to have us meditating in class once a week but I haven't tried it on my own since! Thanks for sharing your tips, you sound like you know what you're talking about!
    Followed you on bloglovin :)
    lily x
    www.jolihouse.com

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  6. Oooh thanks for the tips,may give it a shot! xx

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