Developing a meditation practice is just like starting any other form of wellbeing activity. You need to allow for a period of learning and adjustment. Despite appearances, there’s a level of skill and commitment that can catch you off-guard. So, here are my tips for meditation beginners. You need to find a type that suits you, create space in your schedule to accommodate it, and get into a comfortable routine with your new activity.
Tips for meditation beginners
If you’re thinking about starting a meditation practice here are a number of things to consider up front. First of all, you need clarity around your motivation. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start.
- What’s the outcome you’re looking for?
- What’s the intent you’re bringing into your practice?
- How committed are you to your self-care?
- What style works for you?
There are many different forms of meditation, so “shop” around to find a style that suits you. For example, mindfulness practice may not work for you whereas a mantra meditation may, or vice versa. You may prefer a form of meditative movement, such as Tai Chi or Chi Gong, to sitting in stillness.
Does your meditation style suit the outcome you want?
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.