How to Meditate: The Beginners Guide to Meditation, Mindfulness, and Self-Awareness

  • 10-03-2021 |
  • Polad Aladi

I've wanted to start meditating for a long time, but I had never gotten around to it until recently. I usually have a hard time sitting still and concentrating on one thing for a long period of time, so I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it. But, I finally decided that I would try it and I'm glad that I did. 

I just started doing it three months ago, but I have already noticed a difference. I feel better and I think that it has helped me with anxiety and stress. I want to share my experiences with you so that you can try it and see how it works for you. I'm going to go over some things about how to start meditating and a few tips that have helped me out. 

I'm going to go over a few things that I learned that you should do to make sure that you are doing it right. Before I get into the other details, let me start off by saying that meditation is not magic or something that will make all of your problems go away overnight. 

If you are looking for something like that, then you will probably be disappointed. Meditation is just a tool that is there to help you and it will work best if you use it on a daily basis.

Tip 1: The Weather

Obviously, the weather is not something you can really control, but if you're having trouble with finding the time to meditate, or you're just not feeling like you can get into a meditative mood, why not try meditating outside?

Tip 2: Get Comfortable

How to Meditate

You're going to want to make sure that you're comfortable when you meditate. There are a few ways you can do that.

If you have a meditation cushion or pillow, it might help to sit on that. Some people like sitting in a chair, or even on the floor. If you're sitting on the floor, use a cushion or pillow. If you're sitting in a chair, make sure that the chair is comfortable and you're at a good height for meditation.

Tip 3: Find a Quiet Space

The room you meditate in should be quiet and free of distractions. The best way to do this is to shut the door and close the blinds. You'll also want to try and avoid eating before meditating, so the house is relatively quiet (there are no digestion noises).

Tip 4: Be Mindful of Your Thoughts and Feelings

Simply observe your thoughts without attaching to them. What are they about? What do they feel like? What are their qualities? How do they change?
This mindful awareness will not only help you to feel less overwhelmed and to make better choices, but it also helps you to develop your attention and concentration.

Tip 5: Make it a Habit 

Practice your meditation in the same place, at the same time. Doing so in the same place and at the same time, every day will help you to get into the habit of practicing your meditation every day.

Meditation Apps to Help You

The Mindfulness App

It is a mindfulness meditation guide, teacher, and coach. It offers a wide range of mindfulness meditation instructions, including walking, sitting and breathing mindfulness.

The app combines the most advanced technology with a human touch. Working with The Mindfulness App is easy. You can set up a personalised practice plan with your preferred meditation instructions, based on how you feel. The app will then guide you through each meditation in the plan and support you through your practice.

Headspace app

The Headspace app, launched in 2010, is a guided meditation app. It is available in more than 30 languages and has over 23 million users worldwide.
Headspace was founded by Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, who wanted to help people find peace and mindfulness in their hectic lives.

The app was built with what they call ‘technology to help us be human.’ It has a step-by-step program to help users with everything from anxiety to sleep issues.
Headspace offers content for free. You can start with the beginner’s program which doesn’t even require you to sign up. But if you want to continue, then you need to upgrade to a premium subscription.

The app makes use of science to create a mindfulness program that helps users with their personal problems. It helps users to engage their mind and body through a series of exercises, mindfulness meditation, and breathing techniques.

Calm

Calm is a mindfulness app that is focused on providing guided meditations, sounds, and music. It has been created by the same person that created Sleepio and it is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.

You can choose among more than 20 meditation sounds, from beach waves to a busy city street. The meditation exercises are designed around breathing techniques and also include vocal guidance to help you focus on your breathing. 

A good aspect of this app is that it is really easy to use and the people behind it have put a lot of effort into making it a great app. The app is perfect for beginners as it gives you a chance to learn meditation at your own pace.

Summing Up

Meditation is a great way to improve your quality of life. It can help you find peace of mind, improve your health, and make you more productive. To start meditating, pick a time and place for your meditation and stick with it. Find a mantra to repeat in your mind during your meditation. Start small. Don't try to meditate for an hour the first time.