There are many types of meditation, but all forms have one thing in common: a heightened state of awareness. Meditation also provides a variety of health benefits, both mental and physical.
If you’ve always wanted to try meditating, it’s time to learn about some of the benefits. And here are five easy ways to get started.
Meditation has been heavily researched and the benefits continue to pile up. Current research suggests that a regular meditation practice may help with:
Additional research suggests meditation might physically change the brain and body. Many experts believe meditation can improve various health conditions and promote a number of healthy behaviors.
You’ll learn how to quiet your thoughts, focus your mind, and feel truly present in any given moment.
You might think the feelings of mindfulness and peace aren’t possible for you. But even the busiest of brains can meditate. If you aren’t sure how to get started, try these easy methods:
If the idea of sitting tall and still while letting your thoughts drift away sounds impossible, try a guided meditation. Meditation apps like Calm and Headspace simplify the process of meditation. You can also search for guided meditations online using YouTube.
Consider devoting a special place in your home to your meditation practice. This could be a comfortable chair, a particular spot on the couch, your yard, or anywhere else that feels comfortable.
You’ll begin to associate this area with peace and tranquility, and soon you’ll begin to look forward to your meditation practice. As your practice evolves, you’ll find the ability to meditate anywhere and at any time.
There’s no rule for how long you “should” meditate. You certainly don’t have to meditate for an hour or more every day to experience benefits. Start with 10 minutes and add time as you feel comfortable.
Mantras are sounds, words, and phrases you repeat while meditating. They can be spiritual and transformative, or they can simply serve as a means to help you focus. You can repeat them silently or out loud. Beginners may want to start with “breathing in, breathing out” to help focus.
There’s no such thing as “good” or “bad” meditation. Some days your thoughts will be so persistent you’ll feel as though you’ll never calm your mind. It might feel impossible to let them go. That’s completely okay! We’re all human.
Remember, meditation is a journey and practice without a final destination.