Meditation for Beginners
Meditation has more practice than theory, and I think is better to start practicing it with a guide or just following your breath.
I would suggest starting meditating your breath and follow this tips:
- Find a convenient timing where you can meditate with no interruptions, and you feel free to relax and enjoy your meditation. Is a good option to do it at sunrise or sunset.
- Choose a peaceful place: find a spot you feel comfortable, and that no one can interrupt your meditation.
- Sit comfortable: in lotus, half lotus or legs crossed, relaxed, comfortable and still. Keep your eyes closed and neck relaxed.
- Better have an empty stomach: the best moment is after 6 hours of eating, like early in the morning.
- Practice yoga or stretching before you start: helps to be able to hold the position for a long time and is easier to keep your back straight.
- Breathe deeply and be aware of your breath. Breathing deeply helps to slow your rhythm and be in a peaceful state of mind.
- In the end, open your eyes gently and slow. Take your time to come back and adapt to the environment again.
Throughout the practice you probably find yourself caught up in thoughts, emotions or wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to your breath. Don’t push yourself and be grateful for every minute you meditate. At the end is about quality and not the quantity of time.
Why is meditation important in your life?
I started guided meditation many years ago and had been since then really challenging for me to control my mind from interruptions during meditation. I feel deeply relaxed during meditations and found very good guides on the way, especially in Tibetan Buddism temples.
Meditation is important for me to pay attention to the present moment, and observe it as it is. My minds often get carried away in thought. That’s why I search for mindfulness, the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment, accepting my feelings, thoughts, and body sensations.
I would love to be a guide in meditation so my next step is to read more about the subject and I will do a vipassana in Cambodia.