Meditation has immense health benefits; it is good for your overall health, mind as well as body. However, meditating is not as simple as it seems, especially for beginners. It needs lots of practice and patience. Beginners might find it difficult as they start meditating, but with lots of patience and little practice, meditation gets simple. Here are some simple meditation tips for beginners.
Meditation Made Easy For Beginners
Do not start with difficult steps, start it simple. Beginners should always start with the basic breathing meditation which are easy and most beneficial. One just needs to sit and concentrate on breathing – inhale and exhale.
Meditation is all about relaxation. It is important to select the best and the most convenient time for meditating, when there is no rush or hurry. You shouldn’t be disturbed by or about anything when you are meditating. This will be the best way to relax and enjoy. The best time to start is during natural transitions – early hours of the morning or late evening.
Just as you need convenient hours, it is important to select a convenient place for meditating. You need a quiet place, a peaceful zone where you will not be disturbed by anyone or anything. If you do not have the right environment, concentration will be very challenging.
Meditation is mostly about concentrating and controlling the mind. You need to quiet your mind to such a position where it stops thinking about anything. Beginners struggle at this step because the mind just keeps wandering. It is extremely active and thoughts just keep coming. Thus, a good way to control the mind and help in meditation is to start stretching a bit. This stretch helps in relaxing and activating the body. Doing a few simple stretches before you start meditating helps in better control of the mind.
Beginners need not worry about focusing too hard! They need to keep their focus constant and soft – this is most important. Focus constantly on the object of meditation which could be your steps or breath or anything else. Hard focus will be challenging for beginners since it will strain their eyeballs which can hurt their brain. Your awareness should not be forced.
Posture plays an important role in meditation. It is important to sit in a relaxed, comfortable and steady position. You should sit straight, your spine should be completely erect. You need to ensure your shoulders and neck is completely relaxed. Close your eyes for most effectiveness during meditating. The best posture is the lotus position which enhances your concentration power.
Beginners should start meditating for short durations. They can sit for 2 minutes to start with. As one is able to have good control, this time can be increased. It will not be easy to sit for 30 minutes at a stretch initially. Trying this in the beginning will cause loss in motivation to practice. Thus start with shorter duration and then slowly expand.
Beginners should ideally set a timer so that they understand when to stop or pause their meditation. If there is no timer set they will lose focus as they will constantly glance at the clock to check the time which will interrupt the practice. It will cause distraction. When a timer is set, it will keep you relaxed and your focus can be completely on the meditation practice and not on time.