If you ever thought about learning how to meditate, but gave up the idea because you assumed it would be too hard, I’ve got a very important message to share with you.
Meditation is easy to learn!
Yes, this simple yet powerful practice, which has been used for many years for a multitude of positive benefits, can be done by anyone.
Meditation differs greatly from other challenges such as learning to play the piano or enrolling in a course on Tai Chi.
These arts can take months if not years to master and perform correctly, and a large portion of patience and perseverance is needed by the student.
But when it comes to meditation, its beauty lies in its simplicity.
You can start today by understanding and applying just a few basic principles. With steady practice, you can feel more relaxed, have better concentration, and be more focused and “alive” than you have been in a long, long time!
So don’t allow previous limiting beliefs to hold you back from experiencing something new…
Slowing Down The Mind
I think in today’s society, with the multitude of advances in technology jumping out around us, we have a tendency to over-complicate many of our endeavors.
This can lead to stress and frustration, which acts like a wall blocking us from bettering ourselves and our lives.
Meditation is a direct contrast to this inclination and can therefore change our perspective in a lot of ways.
Most importantly, we need to realize that all things do not have to be complicated in order to be effective.
The simple act of sitting still and breathing is as much a science as physics or chemistry…with no Phd required!
No special equipment is required either, so you don’t have to make a large investment to begin your journey.
Likewise, you won’t need much room as meditation can be done in any quiet area of your home. Heck, you can even do it outside if you live in a peaceful section of town or near the woods!
My main point is, nothing should stop you from meditating daily. Adding this to your routine for even a few minutes in the morning or evening can:
- Reduce stress
- Give you more energy
- Improve your body’s immune and cardiovascular systems
- Help you think more efficiently and be more creative
- Ease the effects of aging
- Allow you to be happier and more content
…And so much more!!!
There are a bunch of different techniques of meditation, but they all pretty much involve the same basic principle.
You have to focus your complete attention on a word, object, mental image or sound, or even just your breathing.
I started out by staring at a twig for about 10-15 minutes every day, and with practice my concentration and focus really deepened.
Decide which method is most right for you and start with that. Try and stay with one method for at least a few weeks before switching to something different, they all work just as well.
When you feel your mind wandering during a session, don’t get angry or frustrated by this natural tendency. Relax and bring your focus back to your chosen method.
The mind may seem to be getting faster the more you try to slow it down, or you may feel uncomfortable physically while trying to sit still…this is all normal.
With time you will become the master over these distractions, and your meditation sessions will become like little “mental vacations” from everyday life.
You will look forward to this time as one of the highlights of your day, and people may start to wonder what the heck you are doing to make you look sooooo relaxed and happy!
At this point you will have discovered why people all over the world are learning how to meditate and practicing daily. And you’re probably asking yourself “Why did I wait so long to start doing this!”
Don’t worry, the most important moment of your life is RIGHT NOW, so make the most of it!!!
Q & A- Addressing Some Common Concerns
How do I start practicing meditation for the first time? Well, this really up to the individual. As I mentioned above, there are a variety of simple techniques that can all be effective over time. You need to pick one that feels right, and begin doing it regularly. That’s the key:) I will be writing more about specific practices in future articles, so check back to learn more!
Do I need to sit in a complicated position on the floor? This is quite painful for me. Many Westerners have difficulty sitting in certain postures common to meditation practice…myself included. But I’ve learned over the years that the most important thing is to keep your back straight and be comfortable. I sit in a straight-back chair now, or use a cushion to maintain support.
You can lie down but I don’t recommend it, especially for beginners. Your body may associate this position with sleep, and therefore cause you to slip away and doze off.
Why do my thoughts seem to speed up when I try to concentrate? This is because you are becoming more aware of them for the first time in your life. Don’t fight it. Just stay calm and gently observe these randome distractions, like clouds passing in the sky above. Then return to your object of focus. Over time your concentration will improve.
Do I need to meditate every day? To get the most out of the practice, you should do it daily. But if you occasionally miss a session, it’s not that big of a deal. The best thing is to pick a certain time of day to meditate, such as first thing in the morning, so you can devlop a routine.
Can I listen to music during meditation? Classical music or relaxing, natural sounds can help some people to relax and focus better. If this works for you, then go for it. Play them at a quiet, comfortable level, so as not to be too distracting:)
What if I just can’t seem to get it right? Here is a great reasource to help you start meditating deeply and effectively: It’s called Relax Your Mind. This course will teach you exactly how to utilize Abdominal Breathing, Visualization, and Relaxation Meditation! CLICK HERE To Learn More!
I hope I’ve cleared up some of your misconceptions about this ancient practice.
It’s funny how things can sound so confusing or complicated when you listen to what others say when they don’t have a clue.
Remember one fact…
Learning how to meditate is easy, but sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that have the biggest impact:)