Meditation For Beginners.

Meditation - What is it, where it comes from and why you should be doing it.


Whether you are completely new to meditating, have given it a go but can't quite stick to it or you're already a meditation master, it is important to remember there is no such thing as 'perfect meditation'.


When I began my meditation journey I would get so frustrated at myself every time my mind wandered or got fixated on a certain thought. However, I have now come to realise, that this happens to everyone. Our minds are so busy buzzing around with thoughts that we never give ourselves a a chance to just stop and breathe.


Being present.

I think that so much of our unhappiness can be solved by just being present.

So much of the time we are occupied worrying about the future, the root of our anxieties. Or living in the past, which can lead to regrets or depression. However, when we are fully and truly present in our lives, all of these problems seem to dissipate.


The benefits.

Following a regular meditation practise has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, decrease pain, ease symptoms of depression, and improve sleep.


Origins.

Although meditation has now become a mainstream tool to reduce stress and improve mindfulness, I believe it is still as important that we value, learn about and give credit to its origins. Meditation is an ancient practise believed to have originated in India thousands of years ago, however it also has ties to ancient Egypt and China. It was adopted by many neighbouring countries in early history and became an important spiritual practise of religions like Buddhism and Hinduism.



Types of meditation.

There are many different types and techniques of meditation, I think the key to a successful mediation practise, is just finding a method you enjoy and can be consistent with.

There are many other kinds of mediation such as mantra mediation, transcendental and loving-kindness meditation. But here are a few of the most popular and my favourite kinds of meditation as a beginner.


1. Mindfulness Mediation.

The most popular technique in the west and what may initially come to mind when you imagine meditation. Mindfulness meditation originates from Buddhist teachings. This practise combines awareness and concentration. It is really helpful in teaching you that you are not your thoughts, you are simply the observer of.


You simply sit and let your thoughts pass, try not to judge them or fixate on any one thought, just let them pass you by like clouds in the sky. If you struggle to stop your mind wandering you can try focusing on your breath, your environment or an object like a candle flame to help you focus.



2. Spiritual Meditation.

Spiritual mediation is used in Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. The intention is to help you seek a deeper connection with God or the Universe, and expand your own consciousness. This can be practised at home or in a place of worship and is beneficial to those desiring spiritual growth and a stronger connection to the divine. Essential oils, incense and crystals are often used in this type of mediation (depending on your beliefs or religion) to heighten the experience.



3. Visualisation.

Visualisation meditation can be used to increase relaxation, feelings of positivity and as a manifestation technique. All you have to do is imagine a scene in your mind as vividly as possible, try to use all 5 of your senses. This could be imaging yourself achieving goals you have set, your dream life or simply just being in a beautiful, relaxing setting.

You may even unknowingly use visualisation mediation already, when you are day dreaming or imagining scenarios in your head, the key is to keep it positive this will help you reduce stress and feel at peace.



4. Guided Meditation.

Guided meditations are amazing if like me, you really struggle to stay focused. They are also amazing if you are a beginner. There are so many great guided meditations for both spiritual and mindfulness practises or specific visualisation and manifestation meditations.

With apps like Youtube, Spotify, Headspace or Calm finding the perfect guided meditation is easier than ever. My favourite Youtube channels are Jason Stephenson and Brian Scott guided meditations. I also highly recommend watching Headspace's Guide To Meditation on Netflix.


Getting Started.

The most difficult part of meditation (for me anyway) is sticking to it. It is easy to start something with the intention of doing it daily, but actually remembering to do it every day can be a lot harder. So here are my top tips to making it a part of your daily routine.


1. Start little and often.

Start out by aiming to meditate a few minutes every day. I have found this is the easiest way to get started. By only taking 5 minutes out of your day, it is a lot harder to find excuses not to do it. Once you have made this a habit you can build up to a longer period of time.


2. Allocate a time.

Try to find a time that suits you best and allocate that time every day. For example first thing in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night. Personally I like to meditate in the morning, as I feel like it puts me in the right mindset to stat my day positively.


3. Keep a track.

Keeping a little note or using an app like Headspace to log how many days in a row you have kept up your routine can be really motivating. The longer you've kept up your streak the less you will be willing to break it.


4. Don't criticise yourself.

Try not to beat yourself up every time you forget to do it or get lost in your thoughts. Note what has you distracted and then let the thought pass. Even the best yogis or people who have been meditating for years will still get distracted sometimes it is just human nature.


Just remember...

Enjoy the process. Be present.

 

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As always the information provided is that of my own opinion and experiences. I do not claim to have any expertise on these subjects and this should only be used for informational purposes only.

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