Meditation is an wide and varying range of individuals attempt meditation at some time in their lives, only a small percentage continue with this mental exercise on a regular basis. This is often unfortunate and a possible reason is that a lot of beginners don’t start with an attitude required to continue for the long term benefits.
Meditation is widely recommended as a healthy way to manage stress, and for good reason. It provides many health-enhancing benefits, like reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, relieving physical complaints like headaches, and even enhancing immunity to illness.
Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually sticks with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with a mindset needed to make the practice sustainable.
Let me quickly explain Meditation Tips for Quieting the Mind:
1) Start with the breath: Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice.
2) Make it a formal practice. You will only get to the next level in meditation by setting aside specific time (preferably two times a day) to be still.
3) Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.
4) Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginning mediators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body.
5) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual paraphernalia in the room to help you feel at ease.
6) Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.
7) Do NOT Stress. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. No matter what happens during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. This includes being nervous before meditating and angry afterwards. Meditation is what it is, and just does the best you can at the time.
8) Do it together. Meditating with a partner or loved one can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin!
9) Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal
time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.
10) Experiment. Though some folks consider effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged under a Bonzi tree, beginners should aim to experiment and take a look at differing kinds of meditation. Try sitting with eyes open or eyes closed, it the beginning closed eyes is recommended to avoid potential distractions.
11) Feel your body. An excellent way for starting meditators is to notice of the part of your body. Just focus on your heart beat for example. Once the mind quiets, then place all of your attention to the feet then slowly move up your the body (include your internal organs).