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Beginners Guide to Meditation

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Are you new to meditation? Lucky you! As famed Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki put it, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” That said, beginners do benefit from simple pointers on how to learn to meditate. If you’re wondering how to meditate, for beginners there are some basic guidelines that are shared by most traditions. These include how to position the body—keeping the back straight, what to do with your hands, etc.—and how to position the mind.

As a beginner, you might think of yourself as a “meditator in training.” Even if your “beginner’s mind has many possibilities,” that doesn’t mean you should use your practice time for daydreaming or mentally fine-tuning your shopping list. You’re training. What in? In presence, acceptance of change, and discovery of the here and now. By maintaining a beginner’s freshness and spontaneity even after you’ve learned the ropes, the training can go deeper and deeper into awareness and understanding. That’s the beauty of how beginners meditate: there’s always something worth discovering.

Top 10 Best Tips on How to Meditate

2019-05-22T14:49:49-07:00By |

How Do You Meditate? A Meditation Toolkit Here are 10 tips on meditation that will enable you to experience its peaceful and joyful benefits. 1. Just do it Meditation is something that anyone can do at anytime and anywhere. Don’t think that you can’t meditate. If you are concerned that you don’t understand what [...]

Beginners Guide to Meditation

2019-05-17T08:01:32-07:00By |

How to Meditate for Beginners: let’s get you started! You’ve read about the many benefits of meditation, you’ve got friends or family members who swear by their 20 or 45 minutes a day, you’ve heard celebrities say they couldn’t live without it, and now you’re ready to take the plunge! But wait, there’s a [...]

Does Meditation Make You Happy?

2019-04-30T20:40:34-07:00By |

What do we all have in common? What motivates us? What is it that we’re all striving for? We’re all looking to avoid pain, difficulties and dissatisfaction. We all want to be comfortable and happy, and experience a sense of well-being in our lives. But most of us are looking for happiness in the wrong places. [...]

The Best Meditation Posture for You

2019-05-12T17:11:37-07:00By |

The best meditation posture for you is, first and foremost, the one you can settle into and sustain. Most people meditate while seated on a cushion, meditation bench, or chair. When this is not physically possible, practicing while standing or lying down are do-able. Walking meditation is popular too, especially as a way to take [...]

How Long Does Meditation Take to Work?

2019-05-12T17:15:04-07:00By |

A good number of new meditators begin sitting with the hope that the holistic benefits of meditation will make themselves felt in a matter of days. They expect meditation to act as a quick fix – like swallowing a pain relief tablet. It isn’t a reasonable expectation. Most genuine meditation teachers say that while a [...]

Can Anyone Meditate?

2019-05-12T17:23:36-07:00By |

Sometimes when people have tried to meditate and then lost interest, they wonder “Is it really possible for anyone to meditate? Or is it just the chosen few?” According to meditation experts, just about anyone can learn how to practice meditation. Individuals with serious mental illnesses are an exception in that they should be closely [...]

5 Best Places for Meditation

2019-04-21T07:54:05-07:00By |

Where Would You Love to Meditate? Ready for a real journey to uncharted territories? It’s time to sit! And where are the best places to meditate? A quiet room definitely counts, but there are plenty of other good choices out there. The best locations aren’t necessarily the most exotic - they’re the ones where you [...]

Top 10 Celebrities Who Meditate

2019-04-21T07:57:38-07:00By |

Meditation is no longer the exclusive domain of yogis and seekers. Many ordinary folk are embracing the practice - and so are celebrities. Famous people get as much out of sitting as the rest of us: peace and tranquility, enhanced creativity and insight, better control of emotions, general well-being… and the A-list goes on. Still, [...]

Best Meditation Gift Ideas for Him and Her

2019-04-21T07:57:56-07:00By |

Is there a special person in your life who meditates? Wondering what meditation-related gifts might surprise and delight them? Even the smallest of gifts tells your partner that you care about them and are supportive of their practice. Many of these items are welcome additions to a practice space and will be gratefully be used [...]

5 of the Best Books About Meditation

2019-05-22T14:22:01-07:00By |

Meditation requires a great deal of patience and commitment – but we all know it’s worth the effort! Sometimes, though, it’s helpful to balance the “patience and commitment” part with “energy and relaxation.” That’s when you might reach for a good book on meditation and juice up on inspiration. We’ve made it easy by [...]

Mindfulness Meditation Training Techniques for Beginners

2019-05-22T14:41:38-07:00By |

According to the Eastern meditative traditions, lasting happiness is achieved by understanding and training the mind. Our usual pattern is to look to the outside world for the validation and comfort that define our happiness, but we can’t control all of the events in our lives. Some events make us feel happy, others make [...]

Do You Need a Cushion to Meditate?

2019-05-10T20:52:00-07:00By |

The short answer is… maybe. You could try meditating on a chair for starters, or simply sit on the floor if you want. Use pillows or cushions from your furnishings for a trial run. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The [...]

Keeping a Meditation Journal

2019-04-21T08:10:02-07:00By |

Sometimes when we meditate we have exceptional experiences that we wouldn’t trade for anything. Other times we end up feeling bewildered or frustrated by the whole process. This is a natural pendulum effect that most meditators can relate to. Can keeping a meditation journal help? Mindfulness is a progressive path that requires a good deal [...]

How Long Should I Meditate?

2019-05-16T21:41:45-07:00By |

For those new to meditation or thinking about starting, some common questions that crop up are How long should my meditation session last? How long is long enough? Do I have to do this forever or will a few weeks or months suffice? Behind these questions there may be a fear of not reaching [...]

When Is the Best Time of Day to Meditate?

2019-04-21T08:10:56-07:00By |

Meditation helps us discover and cultivate our inner strength, resilience, and focus. But even if we recognize the value of meditation, it isn’t always easy to find time for it. And even if we are intent on making time, we may be wondering what part of the day is best for sitting. In fact, the [...]

Falling Asleep During Guided Meditation

2019-05-10T20:54:53-07:00By |

Is it okay to fall asleep while meditating? An ever-increasing number of people from all horizons are discovering that meditation gives them a deep sense of self-awareness and calm. Meditation is a natural practice that offers a wide array of health benefits as well as insights that lead to a more fulfilling and compassionate life. [...]

Best Meditation Techniques for Beginners

2019-04-21T08:19:15-07:00By |

Meditation is a transformational method that not only helps us relax but also improves our general well-being. If you’re just beginning to meditate or you’ve been wanting to learn, there are a variety of simple meditation techniques you could start with. Learning how to meditate may seem like a daunting task for beginners, but the [...]

How Many People Meditate?

2019-04-21T08:20:24-07:00By |

Do you wonder how many people in the world practice meditation? It’s a good question! Considering the immense popularity that meditation has garnered in the last few decades, we can estimate that there are presently many millions of people who meditate. One of the best-known forms of meditation in the West is mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation [...]

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