Meditation for Beginners

Perhaps you have heard all about the healthy benefits of meditation and you have been anxious to give it a try.

Perhaps you even have friends or family members who meditate regularly and have been urging you to give it a try.

Well, it is true that meditation can provide many positive benefits to your mental, physical and spiritual well being.

It is also true that the world of meditation can sometimes to overwhelming and intimidating to newcomers.

It does not have to be that way, however. With just a little planning and some good tips, it is possible to jump right in and start enjoying the healthy benefits of regular meditation. The key is to get off on the right foot. Many individuals give up on meditation after a few unsuccessful attempts, wrongly assuming that they will simply be unable to meditate.

The truth is that anyone can meditate, but it is important to see the right mood, and to practice.

Many people think that meditation requires no practice, but no person can be an expert at a new activity right away. You would never try to play a piano recital after sitting at the piano for an hour. It would be just as big a mistake to assume you can be expert in meditation after only a few sessions.

Luckily there is plenty of help available to allow beginners to learn how to meditate. There are of course many books, magazines and other publications, and to this can be added the electronic options of the Internet and various newsgroups devoted to the practice. The best meditation advice often comes from those who already meditate regularly, whether they be friends, family members or members of your favorite meditation newsgroup. The key is to start slowly, not give up, and to build your meditation skills over time.

For those new to the practice of meditation, it is often helpful to set aside a room, or part of a room, as your "meditation space." Setting aside a special place just for meditation will help you get into a relaxed and receptive mood, making it much easier to meditate. Ideally the spot you select should be as isolated and as quiet as possible. It may not always be possible to achieve total solitude and total quiet, but it is important to choose the area of the home with the least distractions.

It is also a good idea to surround your meditation chamber with relaxing items like scented oils, aromatherapy items, soothing candles or incense. Each person will want to stock the meditation area with different items; the key is to use those items that are special and meaningful to you.

The decoration of the meditation area is also of great importance. Decorating a room or part of a room for meditation does not have to be expensive, but it is important to create a comfortable space in which to meditate. That comfortable space can be something as simple as a comfortable yoga mat, or even a soft and snuggly blanket. The key is to devote these comfort items to your meditation space, and to use them only for meditation purposes.

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