So, you’re starting to see the potential benefits of meditation (If you’re not quite there, check out my post on the Basics and Benefits of Meditation) but now, where to start?
Try not to complicate matters since the whole idea of meditation is to calm and quiet your mind and simplify your thoughts (if only for a few moments). You don’t need special clothing or equipment but you might enjoy a guided meditation when you start and you’ll, of course, need a few uninterrupted minutes to yourself.
When to meditate?
Anytime that you can take a few minutes to sit comfortably (no, it doesn’t even need to be in a cross-legged seat) and when you won’t have any distractions.
Where to meditate?
Where you’re comfortable – on your bed, couch, floor or maybe even in your car if that’s where you can make it happen (and as long as you’re not driving, of course!).
How long to meditate?
I’d start with about 10 minutes. Less seems like you’re just getting settled into the practice when it’s time to stop and more seems like another to-do list item. You can work your way up as you go.
How to meditate?
Quite simply, you can sit, close your eyes and just focus on your breath or one specific image or mantra (phrase or word). As your mind wanders away from this, just gently invite yourself back to your intended focus. Next week, I’ll talk about how to teach meditation and I’ll give more specifics that will work for a self-guided meditation but, either way, when you’re first starting out, you might enjoy a guided meditation as I mentioned above. This way, you have an outside voice reminding you to come back to your focus and you don’t have to rely on your wandering mind to remind itself to stop wandering.
I absolutely love the Headspace app and they cover many topics but you can also find many free online guided meditations and there are other meditations apps as well.
There you have it! The straight-forward basics to get you started with meditation!
Next week, join me for my tips on how to teach meditation!