If you’re new to meditation, it can be difficult to know where to start; to help, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to meditation.
I write often about meditation; the different types, the benefits, and how the practice has helped me transform my life. Why? you may ask… because meditation is something I truly believe to have positive, long lasting effects on the mind, body and soul. As such, I’ve created A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation; a short and informative guide to meditation for beginners which I hope will inspire you to try meditation for yourself.
If and when you do, I sincerely hope you find it fills you with the calm, clarity, and focus you may need at this time; and something you wish to make a part of your daily routine.
It’s something I highly recommend – meditation being a vital part of my own daily routine; every morning, when I wake up, I meditate.
I started meditating at a low point in my life; struggling with debt, loneliness, and following a destructive path. I genuinely believe that meditating played a key role in the complete transformation of my life to where I am today. A world apart from where I was at the start of my journey.
But meditation can help you achieve a similar goal; relieve you of stress and/or anxiety, help you through grief, or simply allow you the space and time you need to focus on your goals and gain clarity – supporting you as you venture on your own journey to happiness, success, fulfillment and inner peace.
So, before you go any further along your own personal journey, I’d like to provide you with a brief overview of some of the fundamentals of meditation, which I hope will further inspire you to try this powerful practice.
The benefits of meditation
The benefits of meditation are vast and don’t merely impact your emotional wellbeing. There are significant health benefits of meditation and physical benefits, too.
Although it can be difficult to start meditating, meditation can become an important part of your daily routine with practice. It will help relieve stress and anxiety, improve sleep, control pain, and increase your attention span, crucial to achieving clarity, peace of mind, and the emotional space you need to positively transform your life.
Types of meditation
There are multiple types of meditation to choose from, such as mindfulness meditation, visualisation meditation, and spiritual meditation, all of which come with their own uses and benefits.
However, there are 2 major types of meditation, or forms. These are:
- Focused-attention meditation
- Open-monitoring meditation
Each type holds a different purpose and which of the two you choose to practice is dependent on a number of personal preferences such as your goals and desires, and where you feel most comfortable.
How to practice meditation and mindfulness
If you’re wondering how to practice meditation and mindfulness, it’s first important to understand the differences between the two, and how they can work together to help you achieve your goals.
Mindfulness is available to you at every moment, taking time to pause and check in on your body and mind, paying attention to yourself, your thoughts, and those of others, as well as the environment and atmosphere surrounding you.
It can be as simple as taking a moment to breathe before you answer the door or the phone, or stepping back momentarily during a conversation to check in on how you’re feeling.
Meditation, however, is a more static practice.
There is so much positivity to be experienced by practicing meditation and mindfulness. It can help you be more present in the moment and teach you to appreciate all that’s going on around you and manage challenging emotions and situations such as anxiety, stress, grief, or unforeseen change upheaval.
By allowing yourself space and time to check in on your body and mind, becoming more aware of your emotions, behaviours, and thoughts, you’ll inevitably begin to feel calmer and at peace.
Beginner’s guide to meditation
Meditation is a highly personal practice and something that you must feel comfortable with – in the time you put aside for it, the way you do it, and how often – but daily meditation is strongly recommended to really feel the benefits of the practice on a long term basis – even if it’s simply for 10 or 15 minutes in the morning or evening, as you wake up or as you’re going to bed – meditating daily will help you transform your life as I did mine.
If, after reading this article, you feel you’d like more information about meditation for beginners, mindfulness meditation, or how to get started, please download my Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.
I feel so passionately about meditation and its positive, life-changing effects that I’ve made meditation a cornerstone offering as part of my 7 week online course, the thinkmiracle program.
It, and all resources available on this website, are offered free and with love – my aim is simply to help people just like you find your happiness and inner peace.