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How to Start a Meditation Practice

Almost everyone who meditates talks about its benefits – and it’s no coincidence – a healthy meditation practice can help you achieve better sleep, less stress, and a clearer mind – among other great things. You may have thought about incorporating this practice into your daily routine, but you’re not sure where to start. Well, the key is just to start – with no judgement and no expectation – and the rest will fall right into place…

So, here are some easy tips to help you begin this exciting journey:

*Download a meditation app

My personal favorite is the Calm app; however, there are so many apps nowadays! A couple other great options are 1 Giant Mind and Headspace. Youtube videos can also be helpful if you don’t want more apps on your phone – you can find short videos for beginners, with some lasting only 5 minutes!

*Set up a time and a place to meditate

In order to ensure my routine stays constant, I choose to meditate in my car right before going to work. I arrive early and set the timer for 5 uninterrupted minutes in order to clear my head. If you’re not going into work at this time, find a place every morning in your home where you can sit for 5 minutes – I promise you it will make a world of difference in your day-to-day.

I encourage you to find the version that fits your lifestyle – there are no rules here.

*So now what…how do I actually do it?

Just sit with yourself in silence – let thoughts flow through you like water and focus on your breath. If you prefer, you can also bring your attention to a sanskrit mantra like the word ram – it means something in sanskrit but nothing in English – so it will help clear your mind from clutter. You can repeat the word throughout your practice to help your mind avoid distraction and stay centered.

If you find this impossible to follow, I highly recommend you use a guided meditation on your phone.

*It’s a practice – mistakes are fine!

It’s okay to make “mistakes” like opening your eyes or checking your phone – everyone who meditates has done this.The most important thing is to show up. If you enter with no judgement, your practice will grow exponentially. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. A meditation is neither good nor bad, it just is.

*Meditation never stops…

It’s all about bringing your practice with you throughout the day. The true benefits of meditation come to light when you’re faced with a stressful situation – the more you practice, the less likely it is you’ll have a bad reaction.

So, are you ready to start meditating?

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