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What to Remember If You’re Starting Your Meditation Journey

After the year we’ve had, it certainly seems like everyone and their mothers have gotten into meditation. And it’s easy to see why — meditation has been proven to reduce anxiety, alleviate symptoms of depression, and help people stay in the present moment. But, while it’s easy to appreciate the benefits of meditation, it can be hard to get started.

If you’re looking to get into meditation but aren’t sure if it’s for you, here are some helpful tips to get on your way. You’ll be feeling zen and centered in no time.

Start Early and Start Small

Try to meditate in the morning rather than in the middle of the day. You’re more likely to get it done if it’s the first thing on your list rather than trying to squeeze it in midday.

It’s also important to start small. Don’t try to complete a 30-minute meditation if you’re just getting started. Focus on meditating for just five minutes in the morning and do that for a few weeks. Then, if you feel like you can take on more, bump it up to 10. You’ll be less likely to burn out.

You Can Sit Anywhere

When you think of someone meditating you probably have an image of a person sitting cross-legged with perfect posture in your mind, right? While you’re more than welcome to sit that way if you want, you certainly don’t have to. In fact, you can really sit anywhere to meditate!

If you’re more comfortable sitting on your couch, sit there! Or, if you prefer sitting in a chair, that’s fine too. The most important thing is to make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed.

It’s OK to Think!

Many people believe that meditation means thinking about absolutely nothing. While that’s certainly the goal of meditation, it’s more than OK to have thoughts while meditating. In fact, if you’re just starting out, you’re almost certainly going to have thoughts racing in your mind.

You may feel like you’re not meditating “correctly,” but just remember that you are! There is no wrong way to meditate, and by allowing thoughts to come into your head, your mind will learn to deal with them.

In a lot of ways, meditation is like running. You’re not going to be able to run a half marathon after one day of training, right? But, after many days and weeks of running, your body will build endurance and be able to go farther and farther. Meditation is the same, so don’t expect to be a master after one session. 

Zoe Jewell

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