Just as with pretty much everything in life, it takes time to learn to meditate so you can enjoy full benefits, that the mediation can bring to you and every small step along the way will make big difference. It’s never too late to learn to meditate.
This post is about simple tips to get started, however if you want to find out more about benefits, that meditation can bring to you, read one of my previous posts;
Here are some great tips to learn to meditate
Try to meditate every day, if possible at the same times. After a while this will create feel of habit like, you will know naturally when it’s time to meditate. It’s quite hard to meditate with closed eyes straight from off, I personally used candle to learn to meditate at first, as it’s often suggested for beginners. Use candle as the point of focus. Only later on switch to meditating with closed eyes.
It’s suggested to sit in lotus position (with your legs crossed) when mediating, however, just sitting normally or lying down, is perfectly fine as well. Just choose position which is most comfortable to you. Don’t meditate shortly after meals and don’t drink coffee before you learn to meditate. Make sure you aren’t full of energy, but don’t feel tired either, for better results!
It’s important to prepare the place to learn to meditate effectively. For example, ventilate the room, get some fresh air in, make sure the place you are sitting at is comfortable and wear comfortable clothing. It’s essential not to get distracted while meditating, so let others know, switch off sound on your phone and any other electronics which can potentially make distracting noises. Remember, this is your time of the day!
If it’s the first time you are about to learn to meditate, you can start with simple breathing exercises. Breathing exercises is a great way to get ready, because deep breathing focuses your mind, slows down the heartbeat, relaxes the muscles and actually is the foundations for meditation.
Concentrate on the sensations you can feel, while you are practicing breathing. When you breathe in visualize the air flowing in your lungs, then hold the breath and imagine air travelling around your body, but when breathing out imagine air flow leaving true your mouth. Alternatively, you can just count, let’s say until 4 while breathing in, to 4 while you keep breath in your lungs and to 4 to breathe out. Adjust the count so it suits you. Meditation is an art of focusing attention on a single point, or single thing, it’s definitely not easy and takes time to learn to meditate with full benefits. Visualization, or counting process, depends which one you prefer to use, is important because it helps you to focus on that certain point or thing and let you control your thoughts.
It’s very important to keep calm when you learn to meditate; sometimes thoughts will suddenly come in your mind when you trying to focus and keep them out the most, but don’t worry or don’t get annoyed, just acknowledge these thoughts and let them pass by, while you keep on meditating.
Different people say different thing about suggested length of meditation, when you first start out. I personally started out meditating once a day, for 15 minutes usually in mornings, for about a week. Then, I added other 15 minutes and kept on meditating every morning and evening. I still do pretty much this same, although sometimes I increase the length of meditation and can go on for more than an hour, just a one of the perks for working from home.
Don’t worry if you don’t see instant results
Even if you don’t feel amazing results at first, don’t worry about it just keep going and remember each of us are different, but no matter what full benefits will come to everyone, sooner or later. If you live busy lifestyle and can barely find any free time to fit in meditation just do it, because after a while you will realize it’s probably the best decision you’ve ever made!