How to Meditate

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Anxiety, Blog, Meditation, Performance, Stress, Stress Management

meditating_monkMeditation is much simpler than you think.

You don’t have to “clear” your mind. You don’t have to “make” yourself be calm, or centered or spiritual. You don’t have to be a Buddhist or a Hindu. You don’t really even need a teacher.

What you do need is a willingness to do nothing for a little while.

Because the goal of meditation is to just be present with whatever situation presents itself. All you need to do is be right where you are, right now.

So here’s how you meditate.

Sit down somewhere, preferably in a quiet place. Breath in for five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds, and exhale for five seconds. The count doesn’t matter. It could be 4 seconds, or 7 seconds or 8 seconds. If that doesn’t work for you just breathe normally.

And if you get lost thinking about something else just come back. If you are daydreaming about some fantasy or worried about some problem just come back to what’s happening now. If you’re feeling impatient, just acknowledge to yourself that you are feeling impatient. If you’re irritated, know that you are irritated. If you’re knee hurts know that your knee hurts. If you can’t stop thinking about something, know that you are thinking.

Then just come back to the breath. That’s it.

Your first few meditation experiences may be completely unsatisfying. Don’t worry about that too much.

Just keep sitting down and doing nothing and you will slowly get better at it.

That’s meditation.

And last but not least you can use your technology to learn to meditate. Headspace is an app that makes meditation simple and help builds a strong habit.

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