Meditation is one of those things that some feel as though it’s almost impossible to achieve or they plain don’t understand how to do it. That is why I am going to help you learn all about meditation and how you can start a meditation practice right now. We call this “How to Meditate 101” because we’re specifically sharing practices for beginners!
This goes to show that meditation has been around for a very long time and has found many different ways to be a daily mindfulness practice for many around the world.
The real question should be ‘Why NOT meditate?’ Seriously, there is all gain and no loss when it comes to meditation; go ask anyone who has a regular practice how meditation has influenced their life. I bet they’ll tell you all the positive ways it’s helped them.
For those who just need that scientific evidence before giving meditation a go, I’ve found the scientific benefits of meditation to help sway you in the direction of giving this meditation thing a try!
You can get more in detail here for each of these.
Honestly this list could go on and on. Are you ready to make your own list of benefits yet?
The cool thing is that when you meditate it can literally be anything that makes you zone out and lose track of time. It really is that simple!
You heard that right, it doesn’t have to be sitting with your legs crossed and eyes closed to be a meditation practice. While that way works beautiful for some, if it doesn’t work for you no worries because you get to meditate how you want that suits you. Why make it harder than it needs to be?!
The best part is this list is endless, so experiment because life is too short to over complicate something so wonderful as meditation.
No matter what anyone else says, there isn’t one way to meditate. The main point of meditation is to focus on one thing, usually your breath, (which helps you get out of your “monkey mind” or “ego mind” aka your brain) so you can quiet down all the noise inside your head.
By quieting your mind you begin to create self-awareness that then gives you the seat of being the observer of your thoughts. We are truly not our thoughts yet most of us operate as if our thoughts are our ruler.
The more dedicated you become to a daily meditation practice the more you will begin to notice the benefits within yourself. Cool part is that even just 5 minutes per day will start to boost your mood and help you live a more balanced life. Heck even if you did it a few times a week to start that’s better than nothing right!
As within, so without. You are constantly creating your reality through your thoughts, so the more you can learn to control them and not let them control you the better you will feel and the outside world will give back to you what you are putting out.
I get asked ALL the times if there are meditation apps… I’m so happy you asked! The number one app I would recommend would be Insight Timer which you can download for free here.
This is the BIGGEST meditation app out in the world right now connecting 6.3 million meditators from around the world. It’s a beautiful community to be a part of with teachers from around the globe and support from other meditators just like you. Better yet, it’s only $35 per YEAR to unlock all of the awesome courses and features available in the app.
Even better, you don’t have to pay if you don’t want to and still get thousands of meditations for FREE.
There are others out there such as Calm and Headspace, but they have limited access if you don’t want to pay for their subscriptions. Check them all out and then you make the decision that’s right for you!
I’d love to hear from you if you start a meditation practice and let me know how it works for you in the comment section below!