We all know the benefits of meditation and know it’s great for us, but your first try can be super intimidating. Your second try can be uncomfortable. But these meditation for beginners tips will help you ease in much better.
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Meditation for Beginners
Secret Tips to Successful Meditation
- Use a meditation pillow. When I first started meditating, the hardest part was for me to sit up straight. My back would start hurting and I would just feel awkward. I ended up meditating laying down… and that didn’t feel right either. Finally, I invested in a meditation cushion and wow, what a difference! I can sit properly without any effort, pain or awkwardness. The key is to get the right meditation pillow. It has to be comfortable and the shape has to be just right. I personally use this meditation mat with this meditation pillow on top of it. It is super comfortable and extends the time I can meditate.
- Cleanse your energy before beginning. If you go in to meditation in a bad mood, it really ruins it. It’s hard to avoid if you’ve had a long day at work or the kids are stressing you out, so it’s important to take some time to cleanse before going in to your meditative state (if you’re not doing it first thing in the morning).Once or twice a week, after putting the kids to bed, I take a spiritual cleansing bath to remove any negative energy. I use two cups of pure sea salt and two cups of Apple Cider Vinegar. It helps relax the muscles and detox your body. If you want something extreme, you can use cascarilla, raw honey and holy water. The cascarilla bath is much more intense and you can literally feel the energy coming out of you when you do it. Believe me, I was extremely skeptical at first… but they work! I also like to have ocean sounds playing in the background while I take a bath, it helps you zone out. Make sure the water is warm and you soak for at least 30 minutes. You also want to submerge your entire body at least once.If you don’t have that kind of time or you already took a cleansing bath, you can simply use sage or incense to smudge the space and yourself.
- Download a meditation app or listen to guided meditations on YouTube. When you’re first starting, it really helps to have some guidance. I like the Calm app and on YouTube I just search whatever I want to meditate on + guided meditation. For example, “love guided meditation” or “sleep better guided meditation.” Then as you get the hang of it you can start doing it on your own, while listening to soundscapes or whatever you prefer.
- Set up a space that you can meditate in. If you have a designated meditating area, you will always feel relaxed once you enter that space. You will associate that space with peace and calmness, unlike a part of your house that has a lot of activity or stressful energy.
- Make sure your meditation space remains clean and clutter free. Trying to meditate in a cluttered space can really distract you and take away from your positive energy, so keep the space nice and neat. Even if the rest of your house is a mess, this space will feel like a getaway.
I truly hope these meditation for beginners tips help you out a bit!