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How can I start meditating?

Meditation is first a practice of concentration and attention, it is focusing on something, and because our mind is scattered, we try to bring it back.

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yoga bearded man room meditation how to begin

It is getting used to it, getting familiar with getting to know our mind and its states, and allowing yourself to find a calmer environment so that the mind rests in the stillness that is natural to you, because it is usually everywhere, scattered.

Meditation is the technique that allows you to give stability and space to the mind, and bring you to a present moment, because it is constantly dispersed between the past and the future and in some moments it seems to make decisions on its own (although it is just your decision to follow the sensations that arise).

Our interpretations lead us to see life according to what our mind is conditioned to, absorbing all the information under a filter of beliefs, habits, that many times hurt us and deprive us of enjoying peace of mind and a full life. Although the best answer about what meditation is you will have when you use it.

One of the most important keys is to always be in the presence of what is and be aware of distractions, this is the true meaning of meditation, to enjoy peace, rest and tranquility of the mind; It is a process that leads us to know our mind and to know who we really are.

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yoga mats people floor how to start meditating

There are many benefits that you can enjoy learning to meditate:

  • You will have a better quality of life
  • You can cope with situations more easily
  • You will be able to perceive life differently
  • You will live in a more balanced state of mind
  • You will be more honest with what you feel and you will have a greater emotional balance

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

It is very important to find a quiet place where you can meditate.

You can have a special room for meditation or you can meditate in your own room, living room or even in the garden. Just make sure that the chosen place is always clean and tidy, and that you have as little noise as possible (outside noise is not a problem for meditation, but at the beginning it is more difficult for concentration) since the environment has a direct effect in meditation (unless you have a more advanced level). But in general any place is suitable.

Make sure to meditate preferably at the same time, although it is not mandatory, if you do it at the same time it will be easier to create a habit. In general, the ideal time for meditation is early in the morning and if you cannot, in the evening hours, before going to sleep. In the morning because your mind is more rested and it is much simpler, in addition to this, you can meditate without so many interruptions.

Before meditating, prepare the items to be used in meditation, if applicable, and make sure that anything that can distract you, such as mobile phones, are turned off or outside of your meditation space.

After everything is prepared, it is time to start meditating in the correct position. There are usually several positions to get into the correct state.

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people relaxation bed bedroom white t shirt yoga person room meditation beginning to starting process how to

The best way to start is to sit in a chair with your spine straight and in a comfortable position, then there is the classic lotus or semi-lotus position sitting / or on the floor, on a pillow comfortably with your legs crossed or you can even meditate in the position of lying on your back.  If you are just starting to meditate, make sure to take the sitting position as most beginners fall asleep while meditating in the lying position and the lotus position is usually somewhat uncomfortable if you are starting out. The most important thing is to make sure you feel comfortable with your position, because you will be in that same position for several minutes, do not worry about what you see in others or in the thousands of photos about the position of meditating, it is about of your comfort, if you are uncomfortable / or you will have the mind “complaining” and more an added difficulty.

You can start meditating by closing your eyes. Concentrate on your breathing, inhaling slowly through your nose, and releasing the air calmly through your nose as well, just observing the air going out and in, without forcing your breath. It is advisable to do this for about 20 minutes, but it is better to do only 5 minutes and add something more daily, as you feel more comfortable.

While we do this meditation, the mind is attentive to each inhalation and each exhalation, without making any greater effort, if we do the exercise well, our mind will enter a relaxed and natural state of calm, which we can call a meditative state.

This particular meditation helps to improve attention and focus and facilitates having an increasingly clear, calm and obedient mind with which it will also be easier to resolve the various issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.

It is possible that in this meditative practice your mind is diverted with any other thought. When this happens you should just observe the thought without getting involved with it. Just as if you saw a cloud pass in the sky, just observe how the thought inside the cloud crosses the sky of your mind without altering its state. You will see how over time it becomes easier to enter the state. Don’t worry, thoughts, feelings, emotions are always going to come, now and always, so just allow them to come, welcome them.

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