Meditation: a beginner’s guide

It’s easy to underestimate the benefits that meditation can provide you with. This ancient form of mental discipline has been picked up across the ages by a huge variety of different people. From priests and mystics to hippies, there are a huge amount of different enthusiasts singing the praises of meditation.

If you’ve never tried it before, but are keen to give it a go, this is a guide to what you can expect from meditation, the tools you need and how to stick with it.

The benefits of meditation

As with any practice, the hardest part is in keeping it up on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to start small, and gradually increase your meditation time as you go on. Two minutes is a good time to start with. Much like exercise, the best way to hit your goals when it comes to meditation is by incorporating it into your morning routine.

This is easier than you might think, and you’re sure to start seeing the benefits in no time. Meditation has been shown to provide you with a huge range of benefits, both mental and physical. It aids concentration and calmness, and also has been shown to reduce the amount of time you need to sleep each night. But before you get started, there are a few bits and pieces that you’re going to need.

Are you sitting comfortably?

The most basic thing you need to take into account is what kind of seat you’re going to use. If you’re just getting started, you may want to go for something more comfortable, such as a seat or bench. But once you’re more experienced, you may want to consider investing in a cushion made with meditation in mind.

These are fairly cheap, and have the added benefit that you can improve your posture while you’re meditating. While a chair or bench may be a good choice to begin with, it’s easy to find yourself leaning or slumping. This makes it a less than ideal choice for meditation. The other thing you may want is a timer of some kind, so you can keep track of the amount of time you’re spending on your meditations, and gradually increase this as you become more and more competent. There are apps available that are specifically designed for meditation timing, but there’s no reason why you can’t just use a standard timer.

Remember, it’s about quality over quantity

As far as technique goes, it does take a fair amount of time and practise before you are capable of meditating effectively for some time. The key thing is perseverance. It’s inevitable that you’re going to find your mind wandering a fair amount of the time, despite your best efforts.

The key thing is to check yourself and bring your mind back to the meditative state. As time goes on, you’ll find it easier and easier to keep your mind on track and improve your meditation. The right kind of mindset will provide you with far better chances of keeping your concentration. Don’t stress too much if you find it difficult at first to clear your mind and keep yourself focused on tranquility. Stressing over your results will probably just make things more difficult for you.

If you maintain calm, and keep your mind focused on meditation, the passage of time will make things easier. A good way of maintaining calm is by counting your breaths. This will help keep your mind focused and allow you to fall into a gentle rhythm which is conducive to meditation. It’s also worthwhile making sure that you focus on regular meditation, rather than long meditation. You’re much better off if you can put in ten minutes every day, rather than an hour every week.

The innumerable benefits that meditation can provide are the result of regular work and discipline. You shouldn’t expect results immediately – instead, try focusing on the benefits that arise, rather than aiming to rack up longer and longer meditation times.

Alex Norwood

About Alex Norwood

I am a blogger, traveller and big healthy life fan from London. I write about sport, yoga and travelling and always try to improve and try something new.