Meditation Techniques: Beginners Guide

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Meditation techniques come with a myriad of well-publicised health benefits which includes decreased anxiety, increased concentration and general feeling of happiness. Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention on one particular aspect (such as the breath) for a period of time.

Many people start meditating but then give up rather soon. This is possible due to the meditation practices they’ve learned being too complicated. The following tips will focus on simple meditation techniques for beginners

  • Set aside a specific time of the day and make it a point to regularly practice it.
  • If possible use a specific room in the house; not the bedroom or study room. Create a spiritual atmosphere with the use of colour, pictures and music.
  • When you are doing your meditation practice minimise all distractions: Turn the phone off, tell the kids not to distract you etc.
  • Make sure you are not angry or stressed before entering the meditation room. Go for a walk and practice deep breathing to calm yourself down.
  • The best time for meditating is early in the morning as the environment is quiet, your mind is fresh and there is less chance of being disturbed.
  • Meditation techniques for beginners may include some physical activities like stretching, breathing and mindful walking followed by meditation.
  • In order to increase concentration, meditate with closed eyes.

Practicing regular meditation is now becoming more popular in our culture due to the numerous benefits to health and well-being. If you haven’t started your own meditation routine yet, you can practice the following simple meditation, notice the benefits, and then incorporate it into your daily schedule.

Basic Breathing Meditation (10 Minutes)

  1. Sit comfortably and become more relaxed.
  2. Notice the breath coming in through your nose.
  3. Pause for a moment…
  4. And then let your breath out through your mouth.
  5. Pause for a moment…
  6. Repeat the breathing in and out and simply notice the sensation of the breath.
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