learn how to meditate
This is how to start to meditate:
Take a break and meditate - right now.
Sit, close your eyes for a minute, and follow your breath. That’s it. You can do it anywhere, anytime, for 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes.
As you pay attention to your breath, be aware of the mental chatter. These thoughts will come and go. They are an intrinsic part of your mind. Meditation is not about getting rid of thoughts, but about being aware of them. Don’t ride with them, but rather, watch them ride past. Observe, and gently bring your focus back to your breath over and over again.
Every time you sit and meditate, you learn the art of ‘let in, let be, let go.’ You learn to accept what it is. You come to terms with reality, and immerse yourself in its flow, instead of resisting it.
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation refers to training on how to deal with reality and the mind. You will learn to start noticing what's going on in your mind and body, with a kind, non-judgmental attitude.
WHY SHOULD YOU MEDITATE?
Whatever you need most at any given moment, meditation will help you find it. If you need to relieve stress, you will find it through meditation. If you are looking for more joy in life, or even better sleep - you will find it through meditation. What’s more, meditation is backed by plenty of scientifically-proven benefits.
You can practice meditation anytime, anywhere - at home, the park, or even the office.
We understand how difficult it can be to find the time to practice meditation. Therefore, you must create the time and, in doing so:
Build your meditation practice around your daily schedule
Practice regularly at the same time daily
Create reminders, like Post-It Notes, on your bathroom mirror, fridge, or even computer screen. You could even just create an alarm on your phone.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU MEDITATE FOR?
Scientific research has shown that, after practicing meditation on a regular basis for a minimum of 12 minutes daily for two weeks, one can observe and experience more calmness, freedom, consciousness, and compassion.
WHEN WILL I SEE THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION?
The best "effects" are achieved when...nothing is expected. To enjoy the results, you must put in the practice hours.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MEDITATE?
1. A place to sit
You could sit on a chair, the couch, your bed, the floor, some pillows, or even a meditation cushion. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you are comfortable, and not straining your body.
2. A timekeeper.
You’ll need something to measure time, such as your smartphone’s stopwatch, a guided meditation recording, or a free meditation app like Insight Timer.
Check out our guided meditations to help start your practice.
Sitting, standing, walking, or laying down.
HOW DO I START?
Just sit and breathe.