Quick Tips: Meditation For Beginners

The outside world can be hectic. Meditation allows us to slow down our turbulent mind to access the source of well-being and creativity. Many people who are new to meditation quit early because it can initially be challenging. Here’s how you can ease your process of building a daily meditation habit.

  1. Listen to guided meditations. They can be found on Youtube and can help you ease the process of building a meditation habit. 
  2. Focus on your breath. Follow your breath as you inhale and then follow it out of your body as you exhale. You can also visualize health and well being flowing in and resistance and illness flowing out. This helps you focus and slow down the mind. 
  3. Do not try to stop thought. Simply watch it pass by without judgement. Think about it like credits at the end of the movie. You observe them yet rarely pass any judgement on them. Just watch them scroll by when they come to you. 
  4. Name each thought as it comes and goes. Still, you are not going further to think about the thought that just occurred. You are just naming it as it scrolls by. The name can be anything. This helps you be more conscious of how discontinuous and random thoughts really are. 
  5. Indulge yourself within the gaps between one thought and the other. This is the goal of meditation. As we access the nothingness between one thought and the next, we become one with infinite intelligence, pure imagination, and the source of eternal well-being. The more we elongate the experience of those gaps of nothingness, the more we allow the flow of creativity and well-being to us.
  6.  Focus deeply on one thing. This is the best way to access the gaps of nothingness. It is easiest to do this by focusing on the breath. It can also be done by focusing on any present and constant sound in the room, for example, the sound of an AC. 
  7. When you catch your mind becoming active and thinking again, simply acknowledge it and let the thoughts pass. Come back to focusing on the breath. Each time we are able to come back to the focus, we strengthen our meditation ability. 
  8. Through everyday practice, we get better at focus. Every meditation will not be as successful as the other, but that is okay. The goal of this practice is to allow the conscious mind rest become present. So if you are new to meditation, even a few conscious breaths will be beneficial to your growth. 
  9. Keep in mind that people practice meditation for years and years; they get better as they go on. Meditation is just like any other skill, so it is not a big deal if you aren’t progressing as fast as you want. Just remain patient and consistent. The effort is what matters. Those few conscious breaths each time you meditate will go a long way. 

Always remember that it becomes easier and more beneficial with daily practice. As a beginner, it can be difficult to understand why meditation is such an important daily practice for personal growth. If you would like to further understand the importance of meditation and present moment awareness, please read the following books:

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra

The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

Good luck meditating!

Written by Sunny Sharma

July 12, 2017

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