Meditation: How Do I Start

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Are you intrigued by meditation? Have you heard about the many health benefits such as increased immunity, emotional balance, lower blood pressure and overall calmness. Many people hear the word meditation and think it is not for them because they could never imagine having a clear mind. Luckily, there are many forms of meditation to suit many types of people. Keep in mind that a clear mind is difficult for anyone to attain. Meditation is more about letting your mind focus on one thing at a time and when you feel those other stray thought sneaking in, you notice them and refocus.

Below are some types of meditation practices to get you started:

Sound meditation:

  •  Auditory learners may enjoy a guided meditation that you can follow along with. There are many online and a choice of podcasts that offer new meditations each week.
  • Another sound option is to choose a word, or mantra, that you would like to focus on and repeat. It serves as an anchor for a wandering mind. Words like “calm” or “peace” can be helpful. Positive affirmations can also be used.
  • Music can also be helpful. There are recordings of mantras set to music. My personal favorite is Snatnam Kaur or Mantra Girl. YouTube has a huge range of relaxing music for meditation.

Visual Meditation: Find a focal point to look at. Some people like to focus on a candle, a photo or another personal object that evokes a calm state of mind.

Somatic Meditation:

  •  Focusing on your breath, deeply breathing in and out of the nose. Take deep breaths, filling your lungs and diaphragm and slowly exhaling.
  • Walking meditation. We can count steps, use a mantra word to repeat or just take the time to walk in quiet, observing the world around you.

Whichever method you decide to try, know that there is no right way to meditate. Every day is different, every time you try is going to be different. Some days it will be easier to focus. If after 5-10 minutes, you feel more relaxed, more focused or more at ease, then you are doing it right. There is an old saying that if you do not have time to meditate, then you should meditate more. People who meditate regularly say they feel more calm, more focused and less stressed. Give it a try, you might be hooked.

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