Taking care of your mind, reducing stress and anxiety, reducing sleep disorders, learning to be kind to yourself and others, are some of the results that meditation can bring to your life. Do you want to learn how to meditate? Pay attention to some tips that I will give you in this article.
Although it is usually taken as a difficult habit especially for people who have difficulty concentrating, who live with high levels of stress or simply find it difficult to calm down and control their restless mind, the reality is that meditation is a practice with multiple benefits, suitable for everyone, and it is also highly recommended.
Meditation gives you peace of mind and helps you to calm your mind so that you can begin to focus on you, and on identifying each of those points that need to be worked on to heal your soul.
Is meditation the same as relaxation?
Many times we tend to confuse meditation with relaxation, however, it is important to be clear that they are two completely different concepts. In meditation, the objective is not to relax, nor to fall asleep, but to observe what is happening around you.
For example, let’s say that today we woke up stressed by the fact that we have many issues in mind that we need to solve, and of course it is up to us to remedy.
Although meditating helps a lot to eliminate stress, this is not really the main objective. We could even compare meditation to an exercise routine or a stretching of the brain. We will train it so that it can function properly and allow us to enjoy the benefits of our daily life, focusing on everything that brings us harmony, peace and tranquility.
If I want to learn to meditate, where do I start?
Learning to meditate is very simple and anyone can do it. Remember that, as I mentioned before, meditation is a practice for everyone, at all ages, and it can help you grow as a person and improve the way you connect with yourself and the people around you.
In case you have never done it, and you want to learn to meditate, here are some tips that will allow you to do it easily.
- Find a suitable place to learn to meditate
Although many people find it useful to meditate anywhere, whether in a transport, a vehicle or a place with many people, if you want to start it is advisable to look for a quiet and calm place. Not necessarily where the silence is absolute, but a place where you will not be disturbed too much.
It can be a room in your home where your family members do not enter too much, such as your bedroom, a personal study, etc.
- Adopt a comfortable posture for meditation
To learn to meditate, it is advisable to start sitting. You can sit at the front of a chair, without leaning on the back, or sit on a cushion with your legs crossed.
Try to keep your back as straight as possible, but without tensing it too much. If you are in a chair, place your feet flat on the floor so that you feel stable. Rest your hands on your thighs and position your shoulders slightly forward.
Relax your body well, but always stay upright so you don’t fall asleep during the session, and close your eyes or keep them half closed if you prefer.
- Start with short sessions
The objective of this habit with multiple benefits for the body and mind is to integrate it into your daily life so that you practice it with some regularity. Don’t pressure yourself! If you want to feel the first benefits of meditation, it is best to start by adopting sessions of 5 to 10 minutes a day, and then gradually increase the time.
- Focus on your breathing
One of the fundamentals of meditation is to observe your breathing. To begin, you can simply take a few minutes during the day to focus on your breathing as you inhale and exhale.
To help you, you can count your breath. By simply following your breath, you may find that you can observe more serenely what is going on in your mind.
- If you don’t succeed the first time, don’t give up!
Have you had trouble concentrating? If it is the first time, it can be a little difficult to keep our mind calm. The important thing is not to stop. Remember that it is with practice that you will gradually achieve that concentration that will allow you to enter a state of effective meditation.
Learning to meditate will help you focus more on your life.
The benefits of meditation are multiple and for some have even been scientifically proven. By training the brain, it is possible to reduce stress, learn to live better with it, reduce anxiety, improve sleep in case of disorders such as insomnia, etc.
Listen to my podcast to discover many other tips that will allow you to work on your spirituality. Today is the time to start healing wounds from the past and improve your connection with yourself and others.