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Meditation tips and techniques for beginners - busting the myths and leaving you with a quick and easy guide about meditation; to get you started on your exploration of your inner world.
So you want to learn how to meditate? But have no idea where to start...
You've been told to do certain things; sit straight, close your eyes, dont think...
How can I not think? You get frustrated to the point you just give up. Meditation isn't for me.
Don't give up just yet, here are 6 simple tips anyone can follow to help you reach a meditative state.
State of Consciousness
Meditation is simply a different state of consciousness. Therefore, there are no 'wrong ways' or 'right ways' of doing it.
Personally, I came across meditation 4 years ago by accident, I've been meditating for years without even knowing I'm meditating. According to Buddhist traditions, this is also how the Buddha came across meditation. It is that simple, you don't even have to try anything at all. But there are things you can do to help reach a meditative state.
Meditating can allow your brain to reach Alpha, Theta and Delta states of consciousness.
One thing that is very helpful is that you are in a comfortable, quiet environment. Away from distractions. It may even help if you were alone.
Sit comfortably with your spine straight and maintain a natural posture. Slow your breathing down, breathe in through your nose and find your inner calm.
Now that you are sitting comfortably, completely relaxed. Listen to the sound of your own breath. Feel the air travelling through your body, listen to it. Focus all your attention inwards. Let the sound of your own breathe take you deeper into the realms of consciousness.
Do not fight your thoughts
Here is where most people are misinformed. It is impossible not to think. We have little control over our thoughts. While you are trying to meditate a lot of thoughts will come. But that's okay, that's expected. If no thoughts occur you are not normal. Simply ignore all distractions and focus on your breathing.
Focus your attention back to your breath. Every time a thought occurs, its okay. Do not fight it, get back to focusing on your breathing and 'let it go'. Just focus and listen to your breathe.
At this point, you are becoming more and more detached from your thoughts, and from your senses. They are still there, they exist. But you are disconnected from them. It is as though you are no longer your thoughts, you are something else. Something much bigger.
Consistency is key here. I would recommend very short periods (no longer than 10 minutes to begin with). For most of that time you'll simply be creating an environment which will allow you to reach a meditative state much easier. So do not be frustrated. The important thing to remember is that it isn't how long you can go that matters, it's how often you do it.
Try to make it a routine, set a time where you know you are free and stick to it. Note that it may be a little underwhelming at first. But as time goes by, the detachment becomes stronger and more apparent. Every time you meditate, you seem to become re-energised. Like pressing the reset button on a dodgy router.
WELL THERE YOU GO - THERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO GET STARTED WITH MEDITATION, AND EXPOSING A FEW MYTHS THAT MAY HAVE PREVENTED YOU FROM MEDITATING IN THE PAST.
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