How to Start Meditating

How to Start Meditating

By Hank Klinger | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-10-09

Meditation is a great way to boost your emotional health and well-being. It’s very simple to meditate and there are really only three different things you have to focus on while you meditate. People tend to over complicate things, but you really don’t have to. In order to meditate you don’t have to be zen master, that comes through meditation and mindfulness practices.

In order to properly meditate, you just need to focus on the following three aspects of yourself. 

Meditation will take some New Awareness

The first thing you want to be aware of is your position. Proper posture is needed for meditation in order to allow oxygen and blood as well as energy to properly flow up and down your spine. Oxygen helps you relax, it improves cognitive functions and oxygen is carried throughout the body in the blood. So having a correct posture is absolutely essential to meditation. However, you want to be comfortable, you do not ever want to be uncomfortable when meditating.

How to Start Meditating

You can sit in a comfortable chair, cross-legged or even lay down if that is necessary. Laying down is often difficult for people because they tend to fall asleep. But if that is the only way you can get comfortable, then by all means do so! Preferably for me, I like to sit in a chair that is upright but comfortable. Then I like to firmly plant my feet on the floor or ground. It’s a very grounding moment that solidifies your place in the present moment. There is also a very comforting feeling of having your feet, firmly planted on the ground. It connects you with the source and pulls you out of your head.

Meditation and Breathing

Second, you will want to focus on your breathing. You hear me say this a lot. Probably because if you ask me, it’s the most important part of meditation. And really, if you can train yourself to focus on your breathing throughout the day, your mindfulness will naturally begin to improve. Breathing is the essence of life and without it, we simply would not be here. Only a few minutes without oxygen and breathing is enough to end our existence, so it makes sense that it is one of the fundamentals of meditation.

Focus on Your Attention

Lastly, focus on your attention. Your attention is ideal, especially if you have something specific you are working on. Attention allows you to refocus as well. When you are able to refocus your attention, you can bring your awareness back to your breathing and reground yourself. As you learn how to control your attention while meditating, you will be able to control your focus better throughout the day. It’s a very powerful practice that can help you overcome things like procrastination and fear. For example, procrastination typically stems from a fear of failure. When you can focus your attention on your breathing, or what’s in front of you, you can bring your awareness to the present moment where fear can’t exist.

Try meditating now with these three simple guidelines. Just try it for 5-10 minutes and see how you feel. If you practice meditation once or twice a day for 20 minutes, your life will change forever.

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