It is no surprise that meditation is not the easiest thing to do, but it is something everyone can learn how to do with the correct methods. Here are some tips for beginning meditators who want to benefit from the practice.
Start with Shorter Sessions
If you are struggling with meditation, in the beginning, don’t worry! The more you practice, the easier it gets. Just keep at it and don’t give up. One thing you can do now to help with your meditation as a beginner is to start with shorter sessions. Don’t try to go for 30-45 minute meditation sessions until you believe you can do it for that long. Start with just a minute or two of deep breathing, then gradually increase how long you do it.
Practice Every Day
Meditation is like any new skill you want to learn. It requires practice. Don’t just try it once or twice and give up because it is difficult. Yes – it is hard in the beginning. People are not born with a natural ability to meditate in most cases. Everyone who masters this practice has done so by practicing! Start meditating every day, even if you start with only a minute at a time. When you are brand new, you can start with guided meditations to ease into the practice before attempting solo meditation sessions.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
It is a good idea always to be mindful of your surroundings when you are meditating. This begins by creating a relaxing space for meditation. But it is also useful when doing mindful meditation or meditating outside the home.
With mindful meditation, you are not necessarily closing your eyes and closing off the world. Instead, you are paying close attention to everything around you. You attend to all your senses and what is happening in that moment.
In the case of meditation on the go, you will be clearing your mind for activities like walking, running, swimming, driving, and listening to music. For this method, you pay attention to your surroundings and use them to help you meditate better.
Keep it Simple
Always remember to keep meditation simple. Don’t try to do hypnosis or deep meditation during your first few sessions. Start small. Try some breathing exercises for a few minutes. Then gradually, with more practice, it will become easier to reach different levels of meditation.