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March 9, 2019

 

Have you tried meditation before?  It may be easier than you think!  Read about the basics below:

 

Choose a Calm Space

You can meditate anywhere, but choosing a calm space may make meditation easier, especially when starting out.   Getting away for a short period of time may be enough to re-energize you.

 

Go Towards the Light

If you tend to get sleepy, try meditation in an area of natural light to stay alert and awake.  As you become more skilled in meditation, you may want to change things.  Find a space that feels inviting and set the stage for meditation.  Exposure to natural light throughout the day may also help with sleep that night.

 

Look at Your Posture

Find a way to be comfortable - sitting, laying down.  Allow your body to relax, be mindful of areas where you may have tension like your fists, jaw, shoulders, brow line.  Uncross your legs and arms.  Adjust your body as needed.  Relax, this is your time.

 

Same Time, Same Place

Most people prefer to meditate early in the morning or before bed.  When starting out, try to find a time that works for your life, and protect that time 

 

Patience

Meditation takes time to master.  Be kind and patient with yourself.  Your mind will wander and this process is actually necessary in the process of recognizing when you are not being present.  

 

Allow Your Thoughts to Flow

Understand that your mind may wander, attempt to observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them.  You cannot stop your thoughts but you can simply observe them and allow them to flow.  Try not to fight your thoughts.  Speak with your psychiatrist or therapist about developing the skill to observe your thoughts.

 

Focus on Your Senses and Breathing

Touch, Smell, Taste, Sound, Sight.  Appreciate each sense and observe them.  Consider focusing on your breath and how flows in and out of your body.  As your thoughts are flowing, gently refocus to your body and sensations.   

 

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201303/5-meditation-tips-beginners

 

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