Meditation Guide for Beginners
I decided to write this meditation guide for beginners to help you understand how to meditate in a better way.
The first thing I recommend is to forget what you think you know about meditation.
This is certainly the most important piece of advice and, at the same time, the most difficult to apply.
Anyone interested in meditation will seek to collect information here and there, to cross them.
Yet when it comes time to meditate, forget everything you have read, heard, and thought you understood.
It is important to approach meditation with a mind that is completely free, available and clear of beliefs and expectations.
This is how you can be fully open to sensations and feelings in all their forms, to get the most out of your meditation session.
A favourable place, a favourable state of mind
If it is necessary to approach meditation with a mind free from all belief, it is also necessary to have made calm.
A restless mind will lead to a flood of thought, a restless body too, etc.
So, take a few minutes to take a break from the day, from the daily rhythm.
If you have a place dedicated to meditation, it will be even better, since the physical installation will mark a stage that will lead the mind to also mark its installation in meditation.
Sit on a cushion on the floor, in the position required by your chosen meditation technique.
If you just want to try, the half-lotus position is sufficient. The lotus can be uncomfortable at first. You can even just sit in a chair with your feet flat, your hands on your knees.
Raise your shoulders as much as possible, then let them fall naturally. Stand up straight, but not stiff.
Imagine that a string is pulling lightly on the top of your head. Don’t worry too much about your relative lack of flexibility yet, that’s not the most important thing right now.
Once you have acquired your position, concentrate on your breathing , it is often the cause of restlessness.
By breathing deeply and being fully aware of each inhalation, then exhalation, of the path of the air in you, you will already reach the first state of relaxation then of concentration, of consciousness.
You can also pay attention to your body, focusing on each limb in turn, how it is placed, how it presses on the ground, and how it weighs.
Mentally observe each part of your body, for example progressing from the feet to the head.
It’s just a matter of being interested in how you feel about each of these parts and not judging how they look, how good they are, etc.
A note on thoughts
When thoughts cross your mind, just watch them go by, without paying them any attention.
They are a production of your mind which does not yet know how to stop producing, analyzing and giving you to think. They are definitely not the reality you are looking for.
Don’t try to stop them or control them. Let them go, without worrying about it.
Take all the time you need to focus on your breathing or on each part of your body, or even one and then the others.
Once that is done, try to keep this state a little longer.
Be patient! A single session of meditation may only bring you relative, transient calm and relaxation, but it’s a start.
Think of it as a first drop of ink in water. It seems to have changed nothing, but little by little, drop by drop, the water will become coloured.
This is how meditation will work.
Finally, wishing that these techniques and these tips can guide you on your new path of meditation.
You just need to get comfortable, use the breath in your favour, and relax your body.
Of course, you will first have to be content with your well-being during the meditation session itself, to gradually see progress being made in all aspects of your life. It’s up to you to try!
Did this mini-guide answer the “ how to meditate ” question and help you get started?
Alchemist: Short Guided Meditation Spoken Story
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Date: 2017-02-19 01:49:52
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