Meditation For Beginners

Jan 11, 12 Meditation For Beginners

In this tumultuous world it is so hard to find a few moments of peace and quiet; there is always something that needs to be done, or someone who needs our attention. When we usually do get some time to wind down, we most likely plop down in front of the TV and veg out. Why not try something that not only relaxes you but gives you other benefits as well? Many people are turning to meditation as way to deal with all the inner and outer turmoil we are constantly exposed to. You may have even been curious about it yourself, but mami and abuelita are always saying things like that are mumbo jumbo and ‘mejor ve a la iglesia a rezar’. Well, the good news is meditation has nothing to do with religion. It’s about controlling your mind and finding inner peace, so there’s no need to feel like a heathen for trying it. It also improves your concentration, relieves stress and anxiety (and with that comes a host of health benefits) and enables you to get a better understanding of your inner self. If you want to give it a shot, here’s how to do it:

  • Ambiance is very important. Make sure you are in a quiet place with no distractions. Light some incense or a candle if it helps get you in the mood.
  • Try not to eat right before meditating; a heavy meal will leave you feeling lethargic.
  • Sit with a straight back, doesn’t matter if it’s on the floor or on a chair.
  • The first thing you need to do is learn to focus your mind on one thing only. Concentrate on a candle flame or a flower, or some other small object and try to block all other thoughts out. This is going to take some practice so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the hang of it right away.
  • A mantra – repetition of a sacred word – can also help you concentrate. It forces the mind to focus on a single thought. You can try repeating the mantra AUM a certain number of times.
  • After you master concentrating on a single thought, your next challenge is to block out ALL thoughts and completely empty your mind. But it’s going to be a while before you get there.

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