If you are new you may be wondering how to begin meditating? Here are our Top 5 Meditation Tips For Beginners.
If you are anything like us when we were new, you probably have a million questions. That is great! But the answers are already inside you, the best thing to do is just start meditating. Sounds like a cliche but it’s true.
Here are 5 ideas for meditation beginners. Meditate at the same time every day, start slowly, don’t force it, keep a journal, and try a guided meditation.
1. Timing is of the essence
Often even our best intentions do not work out if we do not have a solid plan to follow. Setting a time every day to meditate and sticking to that time is one of the major keys to success. Mornings are a great choice because the mind is still calm. Meditating in the morning also sets a great tone for the rest of the day. If you are busy in the morning, pick another time, the important thing is to make it work for you.
Once you are used to meditating at a certain time, you are more likely to stick to this. Your body and mind will get used to meditating at this time and you may notice it if you forget or decide to skip it.
2. Ease into it
If you are new to meditation even the thought of sitting still for 5 minutes may scare you. That is ok and a totally natural reaction. Start slow and ease into it. If you cannot take 5 minutes maybe try 3, or 2. The important thing is to try, no one is going to expect you to sit under a tree for 24 hours in the lotus position, at least not on your first day 😉
As you get used to meditation slowly increase the time. If your mind races a lot, try one of our guided meditations.
3. Do not try to force your mind to be quiet
Even a master of meditation would have a hard time completely stopping the mind from “thinking.” It is more important that we observe our mind. Try to focus on one thing, like your breath, and when your mind starts to wander to thoughts of work or school or the date you have Friday night, just gently bring your attention back to your breath.
Do not be hard on yourself if at first, it seems impossible to quiet the noise in your mind. Even a few seconds of focus and clarity can do wonders, and slowly the times when you can have a really clear meditative focus will increase.
4. Keep a journal
Taking a moment to record the experiences you have during meditation is a great practice to start. It is important to have a record to go back and review as you progress. It also helps you to track your progress.
5. Start with our guided meditations
We know what it’s like to be new to meditation and we can sympathize with any apprehension you may have, it’s totally normal and all of us went through it. We created guided meditations which are great for both the beginner and experienced practitioner.
We have found that focusing on the sounds in our guided meditations, as well as listening to the instructions is a great way to slip into a deep meditation.