Beginners Guide to Meditation
There’s a common misconception amongst people who don’t meditate - they can’t. They don’t know how because they haven’t learnt. But meditation is not about learning, it’s about practicing.
There are 1440 minutes in a day – you owe it to yourself to devote a few of those to your mind, body and soul!
Meditation has been proven to decrease stress and anxiety, reduce feelings of depression and help improve your focus, memory and self-awareness. If you have a conscious mind, you are capable of practicing meditation.
Taking small steps and easing yourself into meditation practice will help to keep you consistent. There are 1440 minutes in a day – you owe it to yourself to devote a few of those to your mind, body and soul!
To take the first steps, sit comfortably upright and still and focus on your breathing. Take a few long deep breaths in through your nose and concentrate on the affect it has on your body. Feel the air enter deeply into your lungs and then slowly exit through your mouth.
Become aware of your surroundings. Listen to the sounds around you. What do you hear?
Now, perform a body scan. Start with your head and neck – how do you feel? Do you feel any pain or tension? Don’t try to over analyse it, just be aware of it. Focus your attention on one body part at a time, moving all the way down to your feet and toes.
Take three more deep breaths and be grateful for everything you have in this present moment.
Welcome to meditation. Namasté!