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So you’ve decided to start your own meditation journey. Now what?
Well, first of all, congratulations.
From my experience, there is absolutely no better way to get rid of stress, anxiety and enjoy peace of mind than by having a regular meditation practice.
Meditation will not only help you relax but also aid in living a more harmonious and satisfying life, free from the pressure and frustrations of daily life.
So here are the best ways I have found and recommend for anyone to quickly get started meditating the right way.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
1. Find your own oasis of calm and peace.
As you begin your meditation journey you will find that even the smallest distraction can be sufficient to send you off track and pull you away from your reflection or contemplation.
Therefore it is essential to identify early on a private, calm and quiet space you can retreat to regularly to meditate for even just a few minutes.
Growing up, my father worked on a noisy factory floor.
So when he needed to retreat for a quick meditation during his breaks he would go back to his car in the parking lot, put on a relaxing tape (this was way before CDs and MP3 players), close his eyes and clear his mind for 10 or 15 minutes.
For me, daily meditation involves walking down the block from our office to the nearest park and sitting there on a bench.
At home, finding my meditation oasis is as simple as lighting a few candles in the bedroom.
It doesn’t need to be complicated. You do not need candles or fancy cushions.
As long as you can sit still and be comfortable in a peaceful and calm environment.
The key here is to identify early on something that works for you and will be easily accessible whenever you need it.
2. Don’t over-extend yourself.
Give yourself some slack.
Whether you are just starting out for the first time or trying to get back after slipping out of your habit in the past, you have to understand and accept the fact that you are your journey has just begun.
Meditating and maintaining your focus or a pose for a long period will likely be impossible initially, so make sure you set realistic and achievable goals for yourself.
After all, your goal is to reduce stress and pressure in your life isn’t it?
Thus the best way to start is to set yourself a goal that might be just out of your comfort zone but easy enough that it can be achieved.
Start with 5 minutes daily or twice a day.
Once you gain a better grasp and you being building a habit you can gradually increase the length of your meditations in accordance to your comfort.
3. Immerse yourself completely with a meditation retreat.
Meditation retreats are not for everyone.
They are typically reserved to more experienced practitioners but a growing number of retreats now offer mixed or beginner groups.
Usually lasting from a full-day experience up to an entire week, retreats offer the space and resources to learn more about meditation from experienced teachers and other students as well as allowing you to form meaningful connections with like-minded individuals.
Another notable benefit of retreats is that the total immersion you’ll experience can help shift your mind and cement your practice by changing the way you think about meditation..
4. Adapt your journey to your lifestyle. Not the other way around.
The best part about meditation is that there is no hard set of rules and regulations you have to follow.
What methods you use and how frequently you practice is entirely up to you and should always be based on your own comfort level and preferences.
No matter where you start from, just by browsing Amazon or your favorite local bookstore you will come across several resources and teaching aids in the form of books, DVDs and online videos that can motivate you to take up meditation and practice it daily.
Take some time to explore and try different things before you commit to one style or method in particular.
I promise it’ll pay off.