Meditation is a great way to relax and de-stress. But if you want to make it effective, there are certain things you should consider before starting.
How to meditate properly (for beginners)
Meditation sounds like a very simple thing to do. As simple as finding a quiet place, closing your eyes, and becoming aware.
Most people think that meditation is all about clearing your mind, but this is not always the case.
You can meditate on anything. Meditation is about returning to your point of focus when you’ve noticed your mind has strayed. Simply being aware of the present moment is meditating. Meditation increases your focus.
However, you need to master the proper technique if you want your meditation to be effective and to change your life for the better.
Read more to learn how to meditate properly and to change your life for the better.
3 important things to consider before you start practicing meditation
1. Meditate regularly, consistency is important
You cannot simply meditate just once and feel the benefits.
Getting all the benefits from your meditation practice takes consistency. But start slow.
Meditate for one minute every day, preferably when you first wake up or when you’re going to bed.
This is when you are more relaxed and the brain is functioning at a slower rate.
2. Sit properly, don’t lay down
It is best to meditate in the sitting position so that the brain is active.
If you are lying down, your brain may get the message that it’s time to go to sleep or take a nap.
Make sure you sit upright keeping your back straight. Place your hands on your lap or on your knees.
Once you’ve settled into a comfortable position, close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
As you breathe out, let go of any tension in your body. Then, as you inhale, imagine yourself relaxing more deeply.
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3. Be patient, don’t rush
Be patient when your mind wanders. This is the nature of the mind. Let it wander around and jump from thing to thing.
It takes time to build up control of your mind.
You may not have complete control of your mind just yet, but you have control of your awareness. Whatever you are aware of.
Are you aware of your body sitting on the surface below? Are you aware of your head balanced atop your spine?
Perhaps you are aware of some thoughts coming up and going out of the mind.
Remember, take your time. This is a new practice for you and sometimes meditation is a little hard, but you will learn it!
Related: Other activities that help to reduce stress and anxiety
Need help relaxing before starting your meditation?
Try listening to calming meditation music to take your mind off pressing matters like work or studies.
Related: Learn more about what is meditation, as well as about meditation tradition, benefits, and history.
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