Have you ever wanted to try meditation but just don't know where to start? Us too!! Kavita Melwani has helped both of us learn how to meditate and know the power of meditation in our lives. Kavita is here today to walk us through the basics of meditation and learn how to get started with our own meditation practice.
What image comes to mind when you think of meditation? Is it something like this? A monk sitting cross-legged or in lotus for hours, a person chanting repeatedly, sitting for long periods of time with a clear mind?
If you conjure up any of these images, you would be right, these are forms of meditation. On the other hand, this is just not realistic for the go-getter, motivated, and ambitious person that you are today! If you have thought of meditating because you want to reap the benefits, I have good news for you, there is an easier way. There are some basic/simple fundamentals that are necessary to have a great meditation session. I am sharing these with you today.
WHY DO I WANT TO MEDITATE?
In order to meditate you first have to decide that you want to meditate. This decision has to come from you, not your aunt, mother, friend or spouse. Your internal motivation for meditating is essential to keep you on track.
If you are having trouble deciding whether you want to meditate, here are some of the many benefits of meditation:
- better focus/concentration,
- better sleep,
- ability to stay calmer during stressful times,
- reduces cortisol (stress hormone),
- and many more.
If these benefits appeal to you, pick one that is the most appealing and keep reading.
Once you decide and have chosen your reason for meditating, now it’s time to choose what type of meditation you want to try.
WHICH METHOD IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There are so many meditation techniques: counting your breaths, focusing, moving meditations, transcendental meditation, guided meditation... the list goes on and on.
Some require training and others you can start today. To make it easy for you to start, I am going to teach you the simplest meditation you can use anywhere - a breathing meditation. By the way, you don’t have to sit on the floor to meditate, you can sit in a chair, just try to keep your spine as upright as possible.
Watch this video to learn how to do a breathing meditation.
Now that you know how to meditate there are two other key factors to keep you on track:
COMMITTING AND MAKING IT A HABIT
Choose a specific time and place to practice and put it on your calendar like you would any other important appointment. Studies show that it takes at least 21 to 40 days to form a new habit. So commit to at least 21 days.
To Summarize, and for Quick and Easy Reference Here are your Steps to Meditate:
Decide that you want to meditate
Be sure to connect with WHY you want to meditate
Choose the type of meditation
Pick a regular time and place to meditate (even if it is in your car)
Put this on your schedule as an important appointment
Practice for at least 21 days.
I would love to hear from you. Let me know if you have questions, what happened after you committed? How has it changed your life? What benefits have you seen? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you to Kavita for sharing this amazing guide to getting started with meditation.