How to Meditate Properly: 11 steps for beginners

How to Meditate Properly: 11 steps for beginners

Meditation is complicated and in order to get the best results, you have to make sure that everything is perfect around you. You have to take into consideration the environment, your meditation technique, and your mindset. To reduce your stress with meditation, here are some of the techniques to help you out with the “how to meditate properly” mentality.

 

11 Steps to follow:

  • Think about your goal for doing meditation. People have various reasons as to why they meditate and know what their goals are each time they finish a session of meditation. No matter what reason you have, it is good cause for reflection. Meditation doesn’t need to have complicated reasons and goals. So keep it simple.
  • Find a good place to meditate. Meditation must be done in a place that is comfortable and quiet. The place must not have distractions and should be well lit. You can make a simple room for meditation or just arrange a place where you can meditate without problems.
  • Wear comfortable clothes during meditation. Meditation is all about comfort. If you are comfortable, you will be able to focus easily on meditation rather than getting distracted with the sensations of discomfort. As a rule of thumb, wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too restrictive. Restrictive clothes would disable you from doing flexible exercises such as in Tai-Chi meditation.
  • Pick the most comfortable time of the day. Meditation experts agree that there is no fixed time for meditating in best conditions. To begin anytime is a good time for meditation. However, if you are a beginner, it would be good to start meditation at the time you feel that you are relaxed. Doing meditation in the morning is not a bad time to start, especially after your morning ablutions. Make sure you remove distractions like hunger before you start meditating.
  • Sit in a comfortable stance. Meditation can be done by lying down, standing and walking. If you are a beginner, you can start meditating while sitting down. You can either sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor or a carpet. It doesn’t matter what position you are in, as long as you can concentrate without worries, meditation works in any stance.
  • You must relax. Meditation needs people to relax. You need to make sure that your environment allows you to relax before you start meditation. You also need to make sure your meditation room doesn’t have anything that could disturb you physically or mentally.
  • Close your eyes slowly and gently. Meditation with your eyes closed is very helpful because this allows you to shut yourself off to the outside world and focus on your inner world. Having eyes closed would also put your focus on internal awareness, which is one of the primary goals of meditation. As you slowly close your eyes, try raising your head a little upwards to balance yourself.
  • Sit in an upright posture. Sitting in an upright position allows you to regulate your breathing while meditating. Do not slough off or lean back because this could break your focus. Put your hands and legs at places you are comfortable without affecting your focus.
  • Breathing helps meditation, but it must be done properly. Breathe through your nose and keep your mouth closed. Focus on your breathing and observe your breath. As you focus on it, you would start feeling distractions going away.
  • Pay attention to the things your mind thinks of as you meditate. If you stay in your thoughts, you are not meditating properly. Study your thoughts coming along and then going away. At this time, your subconscious starts to become more aware.
  • Repeat a mantra. Although meditation can be done silently, some people use mantras (prayers, phrases or words) to help in their meditation practices. One of the most popular mantras used by meditation practitioners is the Sanskrit Sloka, Amaram Hum, Madhuram Hum or “I am immortal, I am blissful”. With this mantra, you look into a space ruled by the Knower. This Knower is a being of immortality and bliss.

You have to make sure you are in comfortable position before beginning your mantra. You can even play meditation music as you go along.

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