Intro to Meditation Techniques

Although meditating takes some concentration to reach that simplistic, mindless stage, it is a fairly easy practice that any individual can do in the comfort of their own home. Meditation is commonly known for relieving stress and anxiety, relaxing, refocusing, calming, as well as promoting a happier and healthier lifestyle and much more. All in all, you must learn to train your mind in a way that works to center yourself on the above listed life-changing benefits. Concentration is key, and realizing that what you’re actually concentrating on is a single point can boost you into the proper zone. The goal is to not cloud your mind with random thoughts, but to actually quiet your thinking. If you notice that your mind begins to wander, don’t worry because this is a natural thing. Focus in on what you’re thinking about and try to quiet the mind once again.

Below, you can find some useful tools to begin your meditation practice:

  1. Find somewhere comfortably quiet to sit or lay down with no distractions. This could be outdoors with birds chirping, or indoors in your bed or in a chair. Some people like to sit up straight with their legs crossed, hands resting on the knees with the thumb and pointer finger lightly toughing, forming an “O”. If you would like to put headphones in and listen to calming noises, that is also up to your own discretion, you create your own practice.
  2. Next, you will want to close your eyes and really focus in on the practice you are about to begin. It may help to wear an eye mask to really close into darkness.
  3. Let your breathing fall naturally despite instincts to try deeper or more concentrated breathing. Allowing your body to function with little control is part of meditation.
  4. Now, focus in on that uncontrolled breathing, and really pay attention to how your body instinctually works through the breath cycle including the movements created from that cycle through your body: head, shoulders, chest, ribs, abdomen, legs, etc. Keep your mind on your body while breathing naturally for at least 2 minutes.
  5. If your mind drifts, simply bring it back by zoning in on these effects that your natural breathing has on your body. As you become more in tune with these movements and are able to focus your mind, try adding on minutes.

Just like that, you can create your own version of meditation.