Tips for meditation beginnersBy Linda Emslie on 24 June 2019
Developing a meditation practice is just like starting any other regular form of activity to enhance your wellbeing. You need to find a type that suits you, create space in your schedule to accomodate it, and get into a comfortable routine with your new activity.
If you’re thinking about starting a meditation practice here are a number of things to consider up front.
- What’s the outcome you’re looking for?
- What’s the intent you’re bringing into your practice?
- What style works for you?
- How committed are you to your self-care?
There are many different forms of meditation available, so you may need to “shop” around to find a style that suits you. Mindfulness practice may not work for you whereas a mantra mediation may, or vice versa. You may prefer a form of meditative movement to sitting in stillness.
It also depends on what outcome you are looking for as to what style of meditation to work with. For instance, mindfulness practice is wonderful for stress reduction and improving concentration. Guided visualsation can be an effective adjunct for healing. Journey meditation is a powerful way to connect with higher wisdom, whereas mantra meditations and Transcendental Meditation (TM) put you directly into the realm of consciousness or the Unified Field, positioning you perfectly for all of the positive wellbeing benefits outlined in my previous blog article.
No matter the outcome you’re aiming for, the ultimate reason for choosing meditation is for self-care. As with any other form of practice you choose to maintain your health and wellbeing, your effectiveness in building and maintaining this practice revolves around your level of commitment to yourself. How much do you believe you deserve to have optimal health? Choosing meditation requires that you accept and understand your responsibility to yourself. It is the ultimate act of self-love.
If you'd like to start with some short, easy guided visualisation, check out my playlist on YouTube.