It can be intimidating beginning something new or trying to create a new habit. Sometimes it’s best to just jump in and other times it’s best to ease yourself into a new experience. What’s best for you depends on your comfort level. Here are 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind and easing into meditation. The tips, provided by Leo Babuta are simple steps that can be experimented with over time.
Psychology Today simplifies things further with their 5 Meditation Tips for Beginners. Among their tips, the one that especially resonated with me was number 4 – Do meditation your own way. Like so many things in life, it really is important to make meditation your own. For it to truly benefit you, it’s important to make it fit for you. Trying to emulate another’s experience just adds pressure. Allowing yourself to experience and appreciate mediation in your own way will open the door to peace.
Finding a physically comfortable position for meditating is so important. While others may sit cross-legged on the floor, you may find this causes you discomfort or even pain. It is far more important to sit comfortably than to position yourself as described in a mediation illustration.
Because mediation can be simple, as described in the articles linked above you can start as simply as setting aside two minutes of quiet time. Give yourself the gift of silence. It can really help centre you and alleviate some of the stress we put on ourselves by rushing from one activity to another.
Give it a try
Here’s a nice little youtube video to help you ease into meditation. I hope you’ll take the time to try it. Enjoy Free Your Mind – A Guided Meditation on Letting Go.