As a daughter of a yoga instructor, I’ve spent many years of my life hearing about meditation and its benefits. I remember trying it as a young teenager and not enjoying it at all. Many years later as an adult, I decided to give it a try and it’s one of the best things I’ve added to my routine. It has overall improved my mood and mindset, as well as calmed some of my anxiety. If you’re new to it and have no idea where to start or what to do, here is an easy guide to meditation + some tips to help!
Your mind is going all the time when you’re awake. It can’t just be turned off or not used. Meditation helps with calming the mind and giving it a period of time to relax. It also helps with learning to be more in the present moment and to be at ease with life. It’s not about shutting off your thoughts, but focusing the mind and being in the moment.
Guided meditation is a huge help when starting out. There are youtube channels you can find for this, but I personally love using the Headspace app.
Headspace has a 10-day meditation basics pack for free that allows you to pick between 3, 5, or 10 minute sessions. The guy’s voice who does the guided meditation is lovely and really relaxing. Most parts of the app do require a subscription to access, although the free 10 sessions are really good for testing it out. The other meditation sessions they have range from meditation basics, health, students, happiness, work and performance, and so much more. They also have meditation singles for working out, travel, walking, mornings, bedtime, unwinding and many more.
Another thing that I love about Headspace is that it encourages you to not be hard on yourself when meditating. That it is okay to have the mind wander and that it will take time to get the hang of it.
You can also get from Headspace for free these little positive, mindful reminders that I absolutely love. They help remind you to be more in the moment and appreciate where you are. You can pick how many times a day you want to get them. I get them 3 times a day, and I love this so much that I usually screenshot them so I can look back at them. Here are a few of my favorite ones:
Once you’ve done some guided meditation you might find that doing it on your own is better for you. I would just suggest giving the free 10 days on Headspace a try to get an introduction to meditation!
Find the best place and time for you personally to meditate. It may be first thing in the morning when you wake up, during your lunch break, or even in the evening. Finding the best time and place to do this will result in you meditating more often. For me, I like to meditate in the mornings before getting ready, and usually in a cozy spot in my room. When I have extra time I find meditating outside to be wonderful too.
There is no rule that says you have to meditate every day. Find a schedule that works for you, even if it’s just whenever you feel you need it.
It will take time to get in the habit of doing this, and it might not be for you.
There are other things that may be your “meditation”. It’s all about finding what calms your mind and puts you in the present moment. It may be exercising, going on long walks outside, etc. Meditation isn’t always just sitting still in one spot.
And that is my easy guide to meditation! I hope this helps and inspires you to give it a try. If you have tried meditating before I’d love to know what you thought of it!