Meditation for Beginners
I am always excited to talk about meditation, and especially meditation for beginners because it has been an absolute life-changer for me. It took a long time for it to start to impact my life, which is totally normal. I feel like a lot of people think that they can’t meditate, because they can’t turn their thoughts off. But the beautiful part of meditation, the whole point of meditation, is really to learn to become aware of your thoughts, aware of how your body is feeling, acknowledging and accepting those thoughts, then thanking those thoughts for coming and letting them go. Eventually, you will have bigger gaps between your thoughts, and that is where the magic happens.
Meditation is beneficial because it is amazing for stress relief. There are SO MANY studies out there that show that stress is the leading cause of disease in this day and age. You can see what stress and busyness is doing to our society. We are never in the moment. Never relaxed.
If we have a spare moment, what do we do? We pick up our phone to scroll through! And as parents, what are we doing all the time? Thinking of the next thing, the third, fourth, fifth thing down the road that needs to get done. In contrast, our children are living their lives in each moment. They don’t quite grasp the future yet. So by becoming more mindful, we actually become better parents. We are able to actually connect with them in that moment, and not think of the other five things we need to do right now. This is why meditation for beginners is so crucial! No matter where you’re starting, it cultivates mindfulness in all areas of your life.
It’s such a great tool to get your body out of this fight or flight mode, to slow it down. I feel like a lot of people think that they can’t meditate, because they can’t turn their thoughts off. The beautiful part of meditation, the whole point of it, is to learn how to become aware of your thoughts, of how your body is feeling, and to accept those thoughts. Then you thank the thoughts, and let them move on. Eventually, you will have bigger gaps between your thoughts, and that is where the magic happens.
I also meditate to connect deeply with the Universe. Before I meditate, I call in my angels and guides for guidance. I ask for messages and wait for them to roll in! It’s a highly spiritual time for me and I crave these moments. Afterwards I’m always sure to journal. I’d recommend having a journal handy for after each of your meditations to record your experiences.
This has become my space and time that I crave. I look forward to every day, because I know I can turn everything off and take this time for myself. It is all for me.
There are so many types of meditation and ways to meditate, but I am going to share the techniques I like to use. If you are not ready to jump into meditation, you can try Spot Meditations to reap the benefits of mindfulness.
One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that you need to sit in a perfect position, with your hands in a certain mudra (position). You don’t have to do that at all. The name of the game in meditation is to be comfortable and able to relax. This might mean you sit cross-legged. It might mean sitting in a chair with both feet on the ground, or even laying down. I mean, you don’t want to fall asleep during your meditation! But if you do, you clearly needed a rest, anyway.
Personally, I use a meditation pillow that my husband got me for Christmas (yay!), I turn on a little mood lighting, sometimes I light a candle, and I have crystals that I use (I’ll share more about crystals another time). No matter how you sit, it is important to remember to pull your shoulder blades back, keep your neck long, your crown is up to the ceiling, and you need to be able to breathe deeply.
If being comfortable is step one, the second step is your breath. You need to be able to do those big belly inhales, and big, long exhales. I like to breath in and out through my nose, but you can try to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Like I said, the name of the game is to find what works best for you and your body.
The last step is to become a spectator of your body. You want to move outside of yourself, witness your thoughts, thank them, and let them go. Sister, our brains are made to think. If you weren’t thinking, something would be wrong! So, when a thought pops in, say “hey, thank you brain, for this thought”, and let it go. Another thought may come up… “Thank you brain!” Then let it go. Let the thought in, acknowledge, and release. That’s meditation for beginners!