Final ideas for now on meditation.
Getting started with meditation is a lot easier than you may think. There is not any special equipment you need to buy or classes you should be taking. While buying a book, a guided meditation audio recording or an app for your smartphone are certainly options, you do not even have to do that to get started. I will share everything you need to know to get started meditating right here in this post.
Start by getting comfortable in a spot that is as free of distractions as possible. You want to sit down either on a chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground or sitting cross-legged on the floor. If you sit on the floor, you will be more comfortable if you sit on a cushion. It is important that you can sit in whatever position you choose comfortably and that you are keeping your back straight. Slumping may make you sleepy while you meditate, and bad posture may cause you discomfort after a while.
Before we start with the actual meditation, let us get back to distractions. In the beginning, you want to cut as many of them out as possible. Choose a quiet spot where no one will interrupt you. Turn off the ringer on your phone, close the blinds if you think it will help to create a calm and soothing space. You will not always have to go through all this trouble to meditate because, after a little practice, you will be able to do the little meditation exercise I am about to share with you anytime, anywhere. But like any new skill, meditating can be a little hard in the beginning. It sounds simple enough, but it is easy to get distracted. That is why it is important to set yourself up for success by cutting out any distractions you can.
Here is how to meditate. Sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Notice how the air flows in and out of your nose and mouth. Try to think of nothing else. This is the hard part and something that takes practice. Start meditating for a few minutes here and there and increase the time as you move along. Do not judge yourself when your thoughts stray. Keep bringing yourself back to the sensation of the breath anytime you notice that you are thinking of something else.
That is all there is to it. Getting started with meditation is simple, but like any new skill, it takes practice. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Stick with it and keep practicing these new meditation skills. You will be glad you did.