Meditation 101: How to Meditate for Beginners

People are talking about meditation. But do you really understand what meditation is? Meditation is a method of training your mind just like how fitness trains your body. There are lots of meditation technique, but how are you gonna start? According to the Buddhist tradition, “meditation” is the same as “sports” in the United States.

Meditate for Beginners

            When you are a beginner, it would be difficult to sit for hours and think of nothing. This is the state of an “empty mind”. One of the easiest, when you are starting out, is to focus on your breathing. Concentration is the most common approach to meditation.

Concentration Meditation

            With Concentration Meditation, this is when you focus on a single point. This can involve breathing, repeating a single word, or maybe staring at a candle flame. You can also listen to a repetitive gong or count beads on a mala. For a beginner, focusing the mind can be very challenging so they are advised to meditate for only a few minutes.

            In this type of meditation, you will refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention every time you feel that your mind is wandering. Instead of thinking of things, you try to let them go. When you practice this, your concentration ability will improve.

The Mindfulness Meditation

           Through this method, the practitioner is encouraged to observe their wandering thoughts that go through their mind. You will not be involving with your thoughts, just be aware of each mental note as it comes. Through this method, you would be able to note how your thoughts and feelings are moving in a particular pattern.

How to Meditate for Beginners

           This is the most recommended exercise to introduce you to meditation techniques. First, you have to lie or sit comfortably. It would be best if you can invest in good meditation cushions.  Then, you have to close your eyes. Do not make an effort to control your breath. Just breathe as naturally as you can. You have to focus your attention on your breathing and how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Just focus on your breathing without controlling it. You have to maintain this focus for2 to 3 minutes, then you can move up for longer periods next time.

Meditation is one of the best ways to rid your body of negative energies. This is a good relaxation technique while connecting with yourself. Remember that you cannot perfect this from the start. You have to practice and work harder to train your mind to concentrate.