Welcome to Meditation Relax Club’s ‘The First-Timers Guide to Meditation’! This is a short introduction into the tranquil world of meditation. There are many reasons to meditate; stress, anxiety, relaxation, and so forth. That’s because the benefits of meditation are widely regarded and scientifically proven! Meditation is extremely beneficial for your mind, body and soul. You don’t need a mountain to meditate on either!
So What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a practise. A practise which trains the mind and induces a state of consciousness, where you become aware of your body. Your thoughts are there, but they are not attached to the mind. It offers a great sense of being, resulting in you becoming extremely relaxed. Although “Meditation” can be seen as an umbrella term, because there are a million and one ways to meditate.
But for now we are not going to get into all the different ways to meditate and focus on the most basic form. If it’s your first time meditating then it’s better to try the most conventional form of meditation, as it’s easiest and doesn’t require prior knowledge.
What Are The Benefits of Meditation?
There doesn’t seem to be an ending to the benefits of meditation. Practising meditation on a frequent basis can help with mental issues such as depression, severe anxiety, boosts concentration and your confidence! But it can have physical health benefits too such as; boosting your immune system by slowing the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Boosting your gray matter, a big contributor to your central nervous system, proven to greatly improve regions of the brain composed with muscle control and sensory perception.
Also, there are emotional benefits of meditation, such as; helping you become more decisive in your decision making and improves critical thinking. Meditation helps you break unhealthy habits by detaching emotions associated with an action from the action itself. Meditation also helps you build a great relationship with yourself, you understand your thought process a lot better, and gives you more control over what you think.
How Do I Meditate?
It can be easy to overthink your first time meditating, which is quite ironic given the activity. But have no fear! You only need three things; some music designed to help you get in the zone, a yoga mat or comfy chair, and yourself! We can take into steps from there.
1. Pick A Peaceful Place to Meditate:
This can be just about anywhere: it can be anywhere you can be alone and make yourself comfortable. Your bedroom is usually a great place to start. Make sure that you won’t be disturbed for at least half an hour. Thirty minutes is the perfect amount of time for beginners meditation as it doesn’t take up too much time and you can feel the benefits of the practise.
2. Close Your Eyes. Focus on your Breathing:
As the music surrounds the space, close your eyes and begin focusing on your breathing. Let the music and the focus on your breathing take over your mind. Breathe in, deeply. Hold it for a few seconds. Let it out. Repeat this method. You’ll soon feel your body relaxing. Keep your focus on your breathing.
3. Be Aware:
Be aware of your body. What it is doing? How you are feeling? Feel every single fibre of your body as you breathe deeply. Feel your muscles relax. Embrace it. Feel you heartbeat slow down to a relaxed pace. Be aware of your thoughts. Let them be. But do not absorb them. Keep staying aware of your breathing.
4. Ending the Session:
If you are only doing a short meditation do not set a loud, abrupt alarm to let you know your session is up. It’s important to wind down your meditation session in a peaceful manner. Set a quite alarm five to ten minutes before you want the session to end, therefore you know it’s time to wind down the mediation.
5. Meditate Regularly:
Try to get into the habit of mediating at least twice a week. This way you’ll start reeling in the benefits of meditation. You can meditate for as long or for as little as you like. If you have a busy schedule you can try Mindfulness Meditation 5 Minutes A Day once you’re comfortable with the technique.
There you have it folks the ‘First Timers Guide to Meditation’. We do hope you found this article helpful for any beginners out there. If you’re looking for any more music to meditate to check out our Spotify channel where we’ve made playlists designed to help you get your zen on!