Simple Meditation For Beginners – Getting Started

Simple Meditation For Beginners

Simple Meditation For Beginners – Getting Started

There are many misconceptions out there that meditation is hard or difficult to do. No matter what you may have heard or even thought of yourself, I have some good news. Meditation is not as difficult as some claim it to be.

By breaking it down in 5 easy steps below, I will go over the process of meditating and you will soon find out for yourself, that it is actually something easy and doable and once you start, I guarantee that you will NOT want to stop.

I’ve been meditating for many years now and I honestly can’t even imagine getting through the day without meditating. There are countless benefits to meditation, however, this post is just focusing on simple meditation for beginners.

So let’s get started!!

The Quiet Place

  • Locating the Perfect Place: The first step is to find a quiet and tranquil place in your home. Nature is also a perfect place to meditate. Whether in your home or somewhere in nature, you will want to ensure you will NOT be disturbed for the next 10-15 mins.
  • Ambiance: You can create as much ambiance to your special place. If at home, candles are a great way to set and create mood.
  • Temperature: This is very important as you want to be as comfortable as possible. Not too hot, not too cold. Just comfortable.
  • Music: You can meditate in silence, but as a beginner, I usually recommend some type of Instrumental meditative music (spiritual, worship, yoga, etc) to enhance the process. The reason why I suggest instrumental music (no words), because once you start to meditate, you will want to quiet the mind and music with words may hinder that process in the beginning.
  • Time: There is really no right or wrong time limit for meditation. Some meditate for 5 mins, while others meditate for 30 mins or more. On average, 15 mins is usually a perfect and comfortable amount of time to enjoy the benefits. I am sure you are wondering, how do I know 15 mins has passed? What I have done is pick music that is approximately 15 mins long. This way, once the music stops, you know you have reached 15 mins.

A Comfortable Position

Meditation - A Comfortable Position

The most common way to sit while meditating is in the lotus position (as shown in the picture above). However, please note, that you do not have to sit in this position. The key to meditation is find a comfortable position for YOU.

If the lotus position is comfortable for you. Then by all means do so. If not, you can sit on the floor or sit in a chair (which is how I usually meditate, but I do also sit in the lotus position when I have more time), or couch. Whatever is the most comfortable for you. The main thing is to ensure your are sitting up straight (not slouching or laying down) as this will inhibit your breathing which we will discuss in the next step.

Breathing

Breathing is probably the most important part of meditation. So many things happen within your body when your breathe. Breathing nourishes your body, mind and every cell of your being, which is why meditation can be so refreshing and relaxing. Breath in – Breath out.

In the beginning, your breathing may be somewhat shallow, but as you continue to practice, you will want to breathe in as deeply as possible.

  • Inhale (Deep breathe) through your nose
  • Hold for a few seconds
  • Release (exhale) the air slowly through your mouth.
  • Repeat throughout the entire meditation process.

Releasing All Thoughts

When starting out, releasing your thoughts can be challenging. If you are like me, you may have a very active mind. And to top that off, we have over 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day! You are probably wondering how in the world can you quiet your mind with all those thoughts flying through your head.

Don’t worry – it’s possible. In time, you will be able to meditate and just go into a “void”, releasing all that mind chatter. What I found that helps me is to count 1 -2 -3 as I inhale. And then as I exhale, 1-2-3-4-5. As I focus on the counting, its hard for other thoughts to surface.

Just as in anything, it takes practice. And guess what, if you have thoughts that pop up while meditating, don’t try to wrestle them down to the ground. Just acknowledge them and watch them float away and continue with your meditation.

I also want to mention that when we meditate, we may receive inspiration from Source to do something or an idea may pop in your head. When this happens, this is a good “distraction”.ย Itโ€™s when our minds are the most quiet that we sometimes receive the answers that we seek.

Eyes Open

Once you are done meditating, you will want to slowly come back to wakefulness. When you meditate, you do go into a deep meditative state, so its best to ease your way out of it. Slowly open your eyes and take a nice deep breathe.

You are now ready to start your day.

After meditation, some find it easy to move into a prayer like state of gratitude and appreciation. (and yes SMILE too!!) This definitely can and will enhance your day since you are now in the perfect state of mindfulness.

See! You Can Do This!

That’s right, you got this! Through the 5 steps in the meditation process, you will find that anyone can do this and achieve the wonderful benefits of meditation. Feel more refreshed, centered and relax during the day.

An Hour of Meditation in 12 Minutes?

Meditation - An Hour of Meditation in 12 Minutes

As you can see, meditation is actually a simple and easy process. When I started meditating, I tried various meditation programs to help me in the process to focus and learn how to meditate. Everyone is always asking me what is my secret to staying calm, peaceful and centered. One of those secrets is meditation.

Although I have been meditating for years, there is a meditation program that I use that utilizes “brainwave entrainment” which sends you into a deeper state of relaxation in the meditation process. These “brainwave sounds” will help you relax, quiet the mind and you will achieve the benefits of 1 hour of meditation in just 12 mins!

The meditation comes in four flavors:

  1. Guided meditation (highly recommended for beginners)
  2. Relaxing music
  3. White noise
  4. Nature sounds.

Choose the audio that you feel will benefit you the most during your meditation time. I personally like the guided meditation (a very pleasant soothing British voice) and the music. I usually just rotate between the two.

This free meditation audio is perfect and simple meditation for beginners. I love it and I think you will too.

Download your free audio here and start your meditation journey! Let me know how you enjoy it. Like I mentioned before, once you start meditating, you will not want to stop because you will achieve so many wonderful benefits.

Interested in learning the health benefits of Meditation? Check out my post, “What are the health benefits of meditation? You Will Be Amazed!!”

If you found value in this post, have comments regarding the topic, or have any questions I can answer for you, please leave your comments below. Would love to hear from you!

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30 Comments on “Simple Meditation For Beginners – Getting Started

  1. I have to admit, for me it was difficult to meditate. I have such an active mind I cannot stop thinking about one thing or another at any time.
    Meditation works great when you get it right though, and I encourage anyone who is dubious about it to actually give it a shot.
    I’ve downloaded your Zen12 audio, thanks for that.
    Jimbo

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Jimbo! I have a very active mind as well, so I totally understand. What I found that helps me is to count 1 -2 -3 as I inhale. And then as I exhale, 1-2-3-4-5. As I focus on the counting, its hard for other thoughts to surface. In time, the mind chatter does subside. As you continue to meditate, you may receive inspiration – so this is a good thing. Just acknowledge that inspiration and when you are done, write it down and take inspired action. It’s when our minds are the most quiet that we sometimes receive the answers that we seek. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you for your informative, motivating and easy-to-follow guidance through the meditation process. I am currently doing some guided meditation at night before sleep (using the Insight Timer app), which helps me relax.
    Great advise on how to calm an active mind through breathing, by counting on the exhale and the inhale – I will try that next time!

    • Thanks so much Sanna for stopping by. Meditation at night can really make for a good nights sleep. I actually do hypnosis (stay tuned for future posts on this subject) at night and then meditation in the morning. Yes, the counting of the breaths really help to “distract” the mind from the normal chatter. ๐Ÿ™‚ Get up the good work with your meditation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi LT,

    Thanks for the article. I’ve started doing yoga and one of the most challenging part for me is to meditate and stay still. I usually will lean towards restorative yoga class than meditate. But after reading your article, I might want to give it a try again!

    Best,
    Wina

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Wina! I think Yoga and Meditation goes hand in hand in many ways. Yoga is and can be very meditative. Let me know if you give meditation a try again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Great info!

    Both my daughter and I have a hard time relaxing before bedtime, we will use some of your techniques.

  5. Great post. I learned quite a lot about the techniques of meditation. It actually sounds rather relaxing and I may have to give it a shot. It was also interesting to learn about the different breathing techniques that help!

    • Thanks Paul for stopping by! It is very relaxing. It’s actually something I look forward to each morning. Just setting aside those few mins each day just for YOU is a huge benefit. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you give it a shot, let me know how you enjoy and benefit from it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about meditation and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So Iโ€™m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. Itโ€™s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for simple meditation.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and Iโ€™m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Ali for stopping and so very happy that you found value in this post. Peace and blessings to you in your meditations. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I think I found the right website for me. I have been trying to meditate for a very long time but had no idea what to do and how to do it properly. But after going through this article I think I’m ready and confident to meditate now. 

    This article gave me step by step instructions on meditating. Thank you so much for writing this article and sharing it with us. Thank you.

    • Thanks so much Sujandar for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am thrilled to know that you found the right website for you. I trust this “tool” will help you achieve success in any area of your life. I am also glad to know that the steps I provided were easy to follow and provided simple instructions on how to begin with the meditation process. Wishing you much success in your meditation journey. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hi, LT. I tend to be an overthinker too. It is difficult for me to meditate. So your article is very helpful for me. I find that certain essential oil’s scent can help us to do the meditation. It is interesting that we can get the answer or inspiration we have seek during the meditation process. That is the benefit I want to get from meditation. How often should we meditate in a week? How do you compare the meditation with the pray?

    • Thanks so much Melani for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It’s nice to know that there are others with an active mind! *smile* And so glad to hear my article helped with how to handle this during the meditation process. I had never thought about using essential oils during meditation, but given the wonderful healing and therapeutic benefits of essential oils, it makes great sense to incorporate them in the process. And yes, one of the benefits of meditation by clearing our minds allows Source to answer and provide answers or inspiration to what we seek. 

      To answer your question, I always recommend meditating on a daily basis (at least 12-15 mins). It’s the accumulative measures of doing this on a daily basis that will provide great benefits in the long run. As for your second question – meditation is a way to quiet your mind and by doing so, we release resistance and become in alignment with Source. Prayer is more communicating to Source. This is why prayer and meditation usually goes hand in hand. I feel after meditating, its easier to get into a prayerful state of being to communicate with Source. 

      Hope that helps – great questions!! Blessings to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Great site with great content!  I do meditate myself to relieve stress on my rough days.  I use an app called “Calm”.  Try it out if you have not already.  It is a great app and it allows me to focus and relax.

    I have found that the toughest part of meditating is finding a place where there are not any distractions including people, noises, sounds, and lighting.  I feel all of these are very important to a successful meditation session.  I will be following you and your site as you add more content.

    Thank you for allowing me to comment and review your site!

    • Thanks so much Garry for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am glad to hear that you do meditate on those tough days! I know for myself, it has truly helped me get through any challenging days. By meditating daily, it prepares you and also shields you. I have never heard of the app “Calm”. Will have to check it out. Continue to meditate and experience all the benefits that comes with it. Blessings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Thank you for the great article.

    You explained the 5 steps very well, I use to meditate every day but have not in quite a while and the article help point out the differences to me. I will be getting re centered again bu using your steps and relearning the process. 

    The bonus at the end for the audio was a great addition, I will be checking them all out.

    Again thank you for the information, I look forward to more of your posts.

    Jim (wolf)

    • Thanks so much Jim for stopping by! I am so glad to hear that you will be looking into meditating again. There are so many benefits in doing so. Enjoy the free audio! It’s a great one. Blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Yes, meditation works for sure! I have meditated off and on for years. I never have seemed to make it a big habit, but whenever I do it helps calms my mind down. I have tried the zen program before, and it’s beautiful! Even though I haven’t meditated in a while, my mind chatter is minimal compared to what it was. If I notice my mind gets crazy again, I’ll meditate again. I know I should make it a habit, it’s kind for me, but I’m working on it.

    • Hello Buffy – glad to hear you have realized the great benefits of meditation. It takes a bit for it to become a habit, but even just 5 mins a day to quiet the mind will have huge benefits in your life. Try it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. When I started meditating many years ago, I used to struggle as well, from organising myself to have the time (even if it was only 2 minutes), I’d put it off regularly because I am too busy, or too tired, or too stressed haha But over time, following many of the suggestions you have outlined here, I developed a great meditation practice that I also couldn’t live without on an almost daily basis.

    • Hello Josie – so glad to hear you have developed a great meditation practice. There are some days where I can’t do 15-20 mins. But I always try to do at least 5 mins. I can literally feel a difference in my day if I don’t meditate. So very important to keep a great meditation practice regimen. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. It is quite a coincidence that this article lands in my lap today as I have started to explore meditation. My head is a mess, and I suffer from tinnitus which I hope can be reduced with a proper meditation technique.

    I have started a bit but I must admit that I find it hard to focus and keep my thoughts on track. Practice makes perfect so I will keep doing it for sure and using some of the tips from this article may prove helpful;

    • Thanks so much Lars for stopping by and commenting. Grateful for the timeliness of this article for you. We all have active minds, so yes, it can be challenging at first to quite the mind. What helped me in the very beginning is counting while you are breathing. It will help to keep you focused on your breath and breathing. Additionally, guided meditation may help as well, as they will guide you through the meditation and may help you stay more focused. Hope that helps. ๐Ÿ™‚

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