Meditation Tips for Beginners

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Despite the fact that I’ve been adamant on the idea that meditation cannot be taught, it can only be learned, there are things that certainly aid sensitivity, relaxation, and awareness. Meditation is about a personal relationship with the now, a sincere openness and awareness to both internal and external stimuli. It is about being at peace and being alive.

Meditation tips therefore cannot so much be instructive as suggestive. These tips are not necessities, but they are common in many systems of meditation and most practitioners find them useful. And while the beginner may benefit greatly from adhering to meditation tips, they should all be tried and discarded if found not conducive to personal development.

Meditation tip 1:

Find a positive and soothing environment. Environment is essential for the beginner, as distractions can be overwhelming at first, along with the natural inclination of our minds to wander. This type of environment cannot be defined. For some it may be next to a mountain spring, for others perhaps an art gallery or museum. This will be any place where you feel awake and at peace.

For the intermediate to advanced practitioner meditation tip 1 should be disregarded. Why? Because meditation is not escapism. One can be meditating anywhere at anytime. If meditation is relegated to select times and locations, it never really alters the heart and mind of the practitioner. When one is able to feel the sensitivity, awareness, and beauty of a meditative mind in every day activities, then meditation has truly become meaningful.

Meditation tip 2:

Sit comfortably with an erect spine. Some people like to lie down while meditating, but I find this puts me to sleep. Some people like to stand while meditating, but I find this can at times be distracting and uncomfortable. Sitting provides a happy medium between comfort and tension. An erect spine is essential for smooth energy flow, proper and deep breathing and organ function.

Meditation tip 3:

Don’t chase sensations or believe everything you read. That includes what you’re reading right now. Meditation for beginners needs to be personal, private, and honest. Forcing your mind into someone else’s structure is moving in the wrong direction. Observe and understand principles, but allow yourself to experiment in practice.

Meditation tip 4:

This will seem contrary to my warning of meditation tip #1, but try to find consistency in practice. Try to meditate at the same time each day in the same location. Starting this way allows for a relaxed and comfortable mind as you’re not in a strange location, and it allows you to develop new habits. The irony here is that meditation is the opposite of habit in essence. If habit is conditioned, meditation is complete freedom.

Nevertheless this can be a useful path toward that freedom, and it’s a paradox I have yet to resolve. People that don’t find regularity in meditation times tend to miss days, then weeks, then stop all together. Those that make meditation practice a regular component of daily living tend to stay the course and realize the deeper benefits of meditation. If these meditation tips are of benefit, use them. If they aren’t discard them. But be mindful at all times regardless.

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