Hey what’s up everybody, it’s Clark. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term meditation before, you might even have done some research on the many incredible benefits of meditation. Maybe you’ve attempted to meditate several times, but find your mind wandering around after… less than a minute? And gave up. Well, in this article let me take you through the question that I know is on your mind right now (since you’re on this page) – how to start with meditation.
You Don’t Meditate, Do You?
Meditation can be pretty difficult. Say you’ve put aside an hour, maybe more, just to meditate. And then you start, you close your eyes, and you try to concentrate on the sensation of your breath. But your mind keeps going back to something that’s been bothering you all day. Or random thoughts come to you and they hog your attention. At the end of your ‘meditation’, you feel like you’ve not achieved ANYTHING, you feel the same or even more stressed out than before the session…
But, you’ve heard that meditation is king. That doing it allows you to release your stress, anxiety and worry, and feel more relaxed. That it would give you a good night’s sleep, higher energy levels, improved physical health, better memory, faster learning, better focus and better mood. So you know that you should be meditating.
You may or may not know that meditation connects you with the power of the Universe. When you meditate, you stop thinking. Therefore, you stop any and all negative thoughts. In the absence of that, your state of being naturally rises back to its original state of love, appreciation, joy and peace. You would know it by the way you feel. A feeling that all is right with the world. It is said that if you stay in that state all the time, even when you’re not closing your eyes and doing ‘formal meditation’, everything you want flows to you. Seriously, you should be meditating.
The first thing to know is that there is no wrong way of doing this, as long as you feel good. So it’s OK to move your body. When you first started with meditation, it is normal to find it difficult to reach that place of feeling good. That good feeling is what keeps me going. If you get bored or frustrated, switch your attention to something else for a while. You have something you want very much, don’t you? Maybe you want better grades, to excel in sports, or to be successful at something.
When you find yourself simply unable to concentrate on the sensation of your breath, imagine yourself already having what you want. This way you are finding something good, something exciting to concentrate on before switching your attention back to your breath. Let your daydreaming run its course before coming back to meditation. Or go do something else then come back to it later. There are no deadlines to meet here.
When you are just starting out with meditation, put aside an hour or two daily to do it. You’d need that amount of time to do some actual meditation, at least. And you might need to meditate a few weeks before you notice any incredible benefits. Meditation is hard work, at least initially. And sometimes, the results seem to take forever to come. So be patient and employ the right methods.
One thing I realized is that the more frequent I meditate, the easier it becomes and the faster the results arrive.
Breathing Meditation Techniques
Here’s an article I wrote on breathing meditation. This was how I first meditated. I would recommend this form of meditation if you’re new and just starting out.
That’s all from me today. Please share if you find this useful, and if you have any questions or comments please let me know below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you very much for reading!