Have you been contemplating on learning how to meditate but don’t know how, or where to start?
The key thing is just to do it. Don’t hesitate. Just dive right in and start practicing. I have been doing it for over two years now and that is exactly how I started. Yes, it was quit frustrating at first. I had no clue what I was doing, and I had so many questions.
What was the best meditation position for beginners?
I tried so many different hand mudras and position for my body until I found what felt right.
I read so many books and even went through many courses which I am about to share what I have learned giving you a direction for beginner to advanced meditation practices.
Meditation Can Be Practiced Anywhere You Go
The best place to start your practice is in a chair. This will be more comfortable and give you less distractions. Make sure you are not in a recliner because you want your spine as straight as possible.
The best thing about this ancient practice is you can take it anywhere. You can meditate in the airport sitting in your chair waiting for your plane to arrive.
You can do it at work when you need a quick reboot from your stressful day. Outdoors is by far the best place to practice. Listening to the sounds of nature and feeling good clean energy from the trees around you.
But the chair is by far the easiest place to start. Of course, there are other ways you can practice such as on your knees, on cushion with your legs crossed, in the lotus positions, and even in yoga positions.
For a beginner just focus starting in a chair. Make sure your back is straight as a board, shoulders relaxed, head balanced on your neck, and hands resting on your legs palms up.
If you choose to start meditation by sitting on the floor, I highly recommend a meditation cushion to help with adjusting to the position. Click here to find see recommend mediation cushion.
Focus on Your Breath
Now what do you do?
Now that you are in a comfortable sitting position, it’s time to just breath. But when you breathe, make sure you utilize your diaphragm in your belly.
Many people breathe from their chest and use way too many muscles leaving you with neck and back aches. By breathing in your belly, you will gain far more oxygen giving you more energy.
Meditation has so many benefits for your mind, body, and soul. But the focus you will gain is a huge plus for everyday life’s challenges.
Where your focus goes is where your energy will start flowing and this is what will be drawn into your life. If you are focused on all the bad things in your life, then you will keep getting negative into your life. But if you learn to focus on the plus side, your life will change for the better.
This is no positive thinking new age stuff. This is physics and it is a law.
So, let’s give it a try. You are in your chair with your back straight, head balanced, shoulder relaxed, and your hands are on your knees faced up. Now breathe in and out. Make it slow and easy. Feel the air coming into your diaphragm and leaving.
Hear the sound of your breath as this is taking place. Slow your breath down to about a 5 second count with a slight pause at the end. In and out. Focus on your breath and just breathe.
There are many ways of doing controlled breathing, but it comes down to what feels natural.
Know Your Mind
It all sounds so easy, but you will struggle. Your back will start hurting and your MIND will fight you. One second you will be focused on your breath and the next second you are thinking about what you ate for lunch.
The mind is a labyrinth of mysteries. But to better understand mediation, you must understand how your mind works.
You have a few different minds in your body. There is the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Sigmund Freud compares these minds to an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg, where everyone sees, is the conscious mind and the larger portion below the surface is the subconscious.
The subconscious mind takes up 90% of your daily habits and pattern. This mind is constantly firing 40 million neural networks every second and it records every nanosecond of data you perform throughout your life.
Not just your actions, but your thoughts, your words, and even your environment. This is how your identity is created.
So, when you are not present and running on autopilot, your subconscious mind is in control of your life. Giving you exactly what you feed it. What you think about and speak about plant seeds or WEEDS into the garden of this subconscious mind.
But we were giving a sacred gift and it is our conscious mind. While it is very slow firing with only 40 neural connections every second, it is very creative. This mind was designed to be the master of the subconscious mind, but it takes focus and your undivided attention to give it the right instruction.
When you are present and mindful you can stand guard at the gates of your mind letting nothing bad in. Your subconscious mind is like a ship without a captain drifting out at sea with no course.
When you practice meditation, you discipline this mind to obey you. Your overthinking mind can be tamed and turned around to obey your commands.
You will never be able to completely stop your overthinking mind, but you will be able to slow the chatter down a bit. Plus, you will connect with more intuitive thoughts increasing your insight and creativity.
Be Patient and Persistent
But this will not happen if you think to much and stress out over the littlest things. You must learn not to be so hard on yourself.
Working with meditation can be very difficult, but very rewarding. It will take some time, patience, and persistence. This is not something you do occasionally. If you truly want your life to change you must practice twice a day for approximately 20 minutes.
I know many of you are so busy. But ask yourself this one question. Who or what is keeping your heart beating?
What about the blood flowing throughout your body?
If you do not take the time for your inner being, then it may not have time for you…
There must be a balance in your life. You cannot just focus on the spirit without taking care of your body.
This body of yours is like a temple for the soul and needs to be taking care of. Your mind is your garden and must be nourished.
Balance all three and your life will become more blissful. Stay focused on your goals and never stop bettering your life.
“The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the spirit lies its greatest joy.” Paramahansa Yogananda