So you want to start meditating because you have read about all of the benefits it will bring to your life. But it’s not always easy to know where to start.
What type of meditation should I do?
There are many different meditations like Transcendental meditation, Mindfulness meditation, Kundalini meditation, and many more. One of the most popular meditations is mindfulness meditation. We will be focusing on this type of mediation and exactly how to do it correctly. Mindfulness meditation is a very easy meditation and it can be done literally anywhere and anytime. Mindfulness meditation is basically slowing down your thinking and focusing on the present moment.
What is the Best Way to Start Meditating?
The best way to start meditating is by doing it every single day for at least 10 minutes. Most people take the couch potato approach to meditation, they want to learn what it is and then decide if they want to do it. The problem with the couch potato approach is that you don’t get any results to motivate you to continue. For example, if you start going to the gym but you only go once a week, then you won’t see any results and you will eventually give up. The same thing applies to meditation, if you only do it once a week then you won’t see any results and eventually give up. The secret is to start doing it every day because that is the only way you are going to get results.
The reason that meditation works is because it changes your brain. You may have heard of neuroplasticity, which is basically brain changes. For example, if you are trying to learn a language but giving up after a while, then you will not be able to speak that language fluently. However, if you were to try and learn that language every single day for years then you will be able to speak it fluently. The same thing applies to meditation, if you do it every day for a long time then your brain will change and you will be able to focus better, feel less stress, and have more energy.
What is the First Step to Start Meditating?
The best way to start meditating is to find a quiet place. If you live in a house then the best place is your room. If you live in an apartment then the best place might be your living room. And if you live in a dorm then the best place could be the bathroom. The reason is that you don’t want the outside world to distract you. It is key to find a place where that won’t happen.
Once you have found a place where you won’t be distracted, then you are ready to begin. The first thing that you should do is close your eyes. This may sound simple but it is one of the most important steps because if you keep your eyes open then you will be distracted by looking around the room. For example, if you look at the clock on the wall it will distract you and you will think about time. The longer you spend looking at the clock, the more time it will feel like. This means that you won’t be able to focus on your breathing anymore and it will become very difficult to meditate.
How Long Should You Meditate?
The best way to start meditating is by doing it every day for at least 10 minutes. If you want to get the most benefits from it try doing it for 20 minutes every day. There are some people that are able to meditate for hours but that is not necessary. Most people should be able to meditate for 20 minutes without getting uncomfortable. Certainly, almost everyone should be able to do it for 10 minutes.
Why is Breathing Important When Starting to Meditate?
The reason that it can be hard to meditate is that you are not focusing on your breathing. People don’t realize that in order to focus on your breathing, you have to stop thinking about anything else. It is very difficult to stop thinking about other things especially when you are just starting out.
However, it is very important that you are able to focus on your breathing while you are meditating. That is the only way that you will be able to get the results you are looking for. You may have heard the saying “focus on what you want and not on what you don’t want”. This applies to meditation as well. If you are sitting down and focusing on your breathing then you will be in a relaxed state which means that you will be able to get the most benefits from it.
You can break down the sensation of breathing in its different steps and focus on each area of your body that is involved with breathing at each point in time. Why don’t you try that right now for a moment? Stop reading now and focus on how the air comes into your nostrils. Then it flows through your throat, inflates your chest. After that, it will do the opposite on the way out.
How did it feel? Now you are ready to start! Do you want some guidance while meditating? Download the MindFlow App!