Meditation is a personal journey that only you have control over. Meditating will increase your sense of well being and peace so don’t make it a frustrating event! Do what is best for you. Here are a tips and ideas on how to meditate for beginners.
First thing you must decide on is which meditation technique suits your needs the best. If you need to remember the different types of meditation techniques you can find out more by reading meditation techniques. Remember, you are not doing this to impress anyoneor work really hard towards a meditation goal!
My Meditation Style
The next thing is the specific meditation style that you would like to follow. You can experiment with different styles or combine them, remember this is your personal practice. Again, look up the Types of Meditation for a list of different styles.
As most meditation teachers say, for a beginner go easy on yourself.Start with 5 minutes and work your way up to whatever is comfortable and fits into your life style. I do 15 minutes a day. The important thing isn’t how long you sit for but how regularly you meditate. If you meditate for 5 minutes everyday instead of 30 minutes twice a week, you will reap more benefits from your practice. Also you may want to use a timer so that you don’t have to sneak a peak at the clock.
This is another hard call. As a beginner you can sit in a chair, but I would recommend sitting on the floor on a cushion with your back supported (against the wall). Eventually, learn to meditate without the back support to strengthen your core. You must feel like your are sitting upright and tall. If you are doing a meditation which involves movement, decide on that movement.
When should I meditate?
There is no set time to meditate, but if you can, choose a time where you will not be disturbed. This may seem impossible but start with finding just 5 minutes a day somewhere in your busy schedule.
Also there is no right or wrong way to do meditation. If for today you get flooded with thoughts or your are agitated and couldn’t settle down that does not mean you didn’t meditate! Just the act of sitting and trying to clear your thoughts or visualize or any of the techniques means that you have meditated. What a win-win situation!