Have you been thinking about starting meditation, but are not sure where to begin?
We’ve been told that when first considering meditation, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Perhaps you’re worried it’s too time consuming, or unstructured, or you’re not really sure what it entails?
Let us assure you, meditation doesn’t have to be difficult, uncomfortable, or take a lot of time. And the practice is absolutely worth it. For many, it has been shown to reduce stress, improve concentration, and increases self-awareness and happiness.
To help you get started, we’re sharing some of our tips for meditation newcomers:
When you’re first starting to meditate, make it easy on yourself – you don’t have to (and likely wont) find inner peace on your first day. Start with moments of awareness: Take a few deep breaths and practice “being present” throughout the day. From there, try scheduling three minutes of meditation. Build from there, based on how much time feels good for you.
Find Your Best Habits
The key to starting and sticking with your meditation practice is developing habits that work for you. For some, that means creating a routine – choosing a time of day and a location, for example – and sticking to it every day. For others, that means allowing yourself to be flexible and build it into your day – taking a moment to meditate on the subway or waiting in line at the bank. Or maybe you’d rather get social – try joining a meditation group with others in your area. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that there is no right way to meditate.
Get Some Help
If you’re having a hard time getting started or sticking with your meditation practice, you might just need a little bit of help. Luckily, there’s an app for that – several, actually. These days, there are apps that help you schedule meditation, block out phone calls or texts while you meditate, provide guided meditation, and more. Check out these options to get started.
Stay Positive & Don’t Give Up
As with anything, it can be too easy to be hard on yourself if you feel your meditation practice isn’t going the way it “should.” But, as we’ve noted, there is no right way to meditate – every day is different, and some will feel better than others. Don’t give up because you miss a day or because it doesn’t go as well as you hoped. There are many different ways to meditate – just because one doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean another won’t. Keep trying different things and stay positive – you’ll figure out what works for you.