Is the daily stress or the permanent problems you have at work or at home getting to you, affecting your life, health and happiness? Then it is definitely time to consider meditation. Here are the basic things you need to know to get started with beginner meditation!
Why Should I Consider Meditation?
You are probably asking yourself whether meditation really works and whether the benefits are really substantial. The answer is simple: yes. Meditating presents a wide range of advantages, from better health, a better mood, and improved sleep to more energy, vitality and focus, less stress, less frustration and less worries. It sounds appealing, right? So, if you have been feeling anxious, depressed or weak lately, if you are having sleep and concentration problems, or if you simply want to gain those desirable feelings of well-being, calmness and happiness, you should start considering beginner meditation exercises.
What Do I Need in Order to Start Meditating?
If you decided that you should give meditating a try, then the first thing you need is determination. Meditation does not require certain tools or complicated techniques. You need willpower and desire in order to benefit from meditation. And, of course, you need a bit of time to allocate to your meditation sessions. 15-20 minutes every other day is ideal. Don’t feel like you have to start there, though. You can start with as little as 3-5 minutes and build up to more. The other thing you need for meditation? Complete relaxation of the body and mind.
How Can I Relax?
We already established that you need to relax in order to meditate. But is this easy? For a beginner, it might be quite difficult. Most beginners in relaxation and meditation exercises find themselves thinking about daily problems and worries when trying to meditate, instead of clearing their minds and enjoying the state of calmness. Clearing your mind doesn’t mean emptying your mind of all thought. It could mean that, but it doesn’t have to. But, getting bored or frustrated because you can’t get rid of all thoughts leads to less than successful meditation sessions. The more you meditate the easer it will be to quiet your mind, and the quieter your mind gets, the easier it is to refocus when those pesky thoughts come up.
But let’s start from the beginning. In order to benefit from complete relaxation, you need to start your meditation techniques at the right time. Kids running through the house, a loud TV, or a noisy neighbor might not be the perfect premises to start to meditate. You need peace, quietness, a good atmosphere, a cozy decor or a welcoming natural ambient. After you find a peaceful moment, try to let your body relax, to push the tension down and loosen your muscles. Feel how your entire body feels better – this will help you clear your mind later on.
Are there Different Types of Meditation Exercises?
There is a great range of meditation exercises, no doubt about that. What you should do, as a beginner, is to try them all and find the one that suits you best. But which are these different types of exercises? You can choose from visualization exercises (when you are picturing positive, beautiful elements, places or moments), concentration exercises (when you are trying to focus on your body’s sensations and stimulants) breathing exercises (which are used in all types of meditation, as an essential premise) and many more, including specific meditation exercises that regard a better sleep, better appetite, less stress and other problems that need to be eliminated from your daily life.
Remember that if you want good results, you need to continue with your meditation exercises and try to improve yourself on a permanent basis. Only then will you maintain that positive, well-being feeling that you are looking for and move from beginner meditation to advanced. Good luck!