Welcome back friends! Today we’ll be covering how to start meditating and useful resources!
*If you haven’t read my post “Breathe!” then please check it out first!*
There are many ways of meditating and I’ve posted two articles here that describe different types of meditations. All it takes is experimentation to figure out which type of meditation is the best fit for you! Because I am still learning myself, I will take you through the ‘novice’ stage of meditation.
Step 1: Sit cross-legged on the floor with your head, neck and back aligned, and close your eyes. If you feel more comfortable sitting on a chair, plant your feet firmly on the floor and keep your head, neck and back aligned.
Step 2: Do a breathing exercise of your choice for 5 rounds. Focus on breathing deeper and slowing your heart rate down.
Step 3: Sit still and maintain focus on your breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Count your breaths from 1 to 4 and repeat. (1… 2… 3… 4… 1… 2… 3… 4…)
Step 4: When you notice your mind wavering from counting, gently steer it back to your breath and the count of the numbers.
Step 5: Continue this process for 5 minutes.
Step 6: Gently open your eyes and slowly move your fingers and toes to wake your body up.
Step 7: Stand up and allow that feeling of peace to continue for the rest of the day.
There are key points to remember when you’re meditating:
- Be gentle, compassionate and patient with yourself. Your mind will waver, and that is natural. Try your hardest to remain as focused as you can while doing this exercise.
- Start with 5 minutes. If 5 minutes still seems daunting, start with a time you feel comfortable with and slowly work your way up.
- Meditation is a tool for you to quiet your mind, not to escape from reality.
The steps I’ve listed above are only the beginning of your meditation journey so start researching your next step!
If you want to try out guided meditations, check out the apps Headspace and/or Stop, Breathe & Think: Meditation. They’re both fantastic for getting a handle on meditation!
I hope this helped and have a peaceful rest of your day!
Types of Meditation Links: