Some things that often seem simple can feel quite hard when we try to do them.
Meditation is one of such things. For people who haven’t done it before, usually think how hard it can be, the person doing it, is just sitting idly with his eyes closed. Anyone can sit and pass time, right?
Yes, anyone can sit idly, you are right about that but here is a problem, he is not sitting idly and I would not be wrong if I said that he is doing one of the toughest tasks a human can do. He is silencing his mind, calming down his thoughts, learning and practicing to win over his brain. It may seem like he is just sitting but in fact, he is fighting. Fighting to become a better version of themselves
Beginning meditation can be quite hard for the people who are just trying to learn. Don’t worry, you will get it over time. Even the experts find it difficult at times. You are trying to rise above your daily mood swings and thinking process, and one cannot be always calm. In this article, I am going to share with you some simple tips which I also found useful when I was learning to meditate. Have a look.
Basic Meditation for Beginners
Most people think and…..keep thinking. They don’t begin. They don’t act on the plan they make for themselves. So the first step is to begin. You will have to take some time out of your busy schedule and start.
- Start Slow
You don’t have to sit for a stretch of 1 hour or even a half an hour when you begin to meditate. Start with 2 to 3 minutes but repeat it multiple times in a day. This will make you more and more accustomed to it.
- Stop Thinking
No matter what situation you are in. Stop thinking, you are defeating the whole purpose of meditation if you are thinking about your tensions or fantasies.
- Concentrate on your Breaths
When you sit down to meditate, start by concentrating on your breaths. How you are inhaling, how you exhale it. By doing so, you will be able to calm down your mind and the rush of thoughts.
Concentrate on the things that you have. Caring parents, loving pets, spouse, siblings, food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, a life full of opportunities. Think about all the things which you got even when you didn’t ask for it. How life has been presenting you with gifts which you didn’t even imagine. This includes all the small things, which you may have ignored till now.
- Scan your Body
Now this step is something a lot of practitioners do. Sit in a comfortable position and try to feel any kind of pain in your body. Scan your body for different feelings and sensations. Start with your head, come down to your eyes, nose, mouth, ears, neck and all the way down to your toes. Try to sense any discomfort. It may be a sign of some soreness, tension or even the wrong position in which you are sitting. Correct it and start again.
Calm yourself down and try to listen. Listen to all the little sounds which you have ignored till now. Chirping of birds, ticking of clock, dripping water. It can be any sounds which you have been ignoring in your daily lives. After you have established that there are ignored sounds, try to find the direction from which the sound is coming, with your eyes closed.
Meditating when you are sitting down with your eyes closed will help you to be calm when you are meditating. Once you finish it, you can find yourself raging the next moment. To avoid that and to maintain the tranquility which you experienced while you sat, you will have to practice to be mindful. Being mindful is like a gift that you can give to yourself.
So these are some of the steps through which you can begin to meditate. You can fix a place to meditate and try to keep that place clean. Over the time, you will find that it is easier to meditate in the same place. But also remember not to bind yourself to a single place. To get comfortable, you will need practice but to be able to do it even in the changed environment needs tenacity. It’s all up to you.
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Hope it helped. Do let us know in the comments about your experience as you started to meditate. We would love to hear from you.