MEDITATION 101: HOW TO GET STARTED

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I’ve spoken before all about why you should meditate, but I wanted to give you a step by step guide where you can start from if you’re a complete beginner.

I know that sometimes it can be incredibly intimidating and the words ‘mindfulness’ and ‘meditation’ is bashed around so often these days, so hopefully this might make it feel more achievable for you or convince you to give it a go if you haven’t felt inclined to before.

  • Firstly, plan ahead and choose a time of day you want to start. Whether that’s before going to work, or after you’ve come home and had a shower, putting it in the diary, (even if it’s just in your head) makes you a lot more likely to actually do it.
  • Start slowly. Personally, I would recommend doing 5 minutes a day 2-3 times a week to begin with. There’s no point rushing off and trying to do 20 minutes if you’re only going to do it once, that’s just not how it works I’m afraid.
  • Pick a type. There’s plenty of different meditations to use out there, you can use guided meditations on Youtube or download apps such as Calm and Headspace, which both have trials for a selected amount of time to get you used to meditating. I would really recommend the Headspace one that runs for 10 days and is free for getting started.
  • Choose your location wisely. If you’re trying it out for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend doing it on public transport or anywhere unfamiliar. You can sit on your bed, or even lie down with your eyes closed (preferably), and focus on the rhythm of your breath.
  • There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ meditation. With meditating, we have no labels. Aslong as you focus on your breathing for A SECOND, you’re meditating. There’s no magic trick here. It really is that simple.

 

I hope this has come in handy if you were looking for something along these lines, if you give it a go for the first time I would LOVE to hear how it went?

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  • Rebecca Fletcher

    I swear by meditation too. At the beginning of the year I would meditate a lot but Ive kinda slipped out of the habit of meditating now but I must start up again because I notice such a difference in myself when I do it regularly.

    http://www.beautylifebecca.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      Yes you definitely notice a difference when you forget about it don’t you! xxx

  • Diana Maria

    Meditation can take a lot of patience, but I’ve found it can help so much! I haven’t meditated in a while, but find that choosing the right time and space like you’ve said are important things to consider! Thank you for the lovely post, I love reading self-help posts like this xx

    Sending light & love your way,
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    • NatalieLeanne

      definitely, I have to be in the ‘mood’ to practice it or I get very irritated with myself! I’m so glad you liked this post! xx

  • This is really interesting. Thanks for the tips. Have a nice day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      I’m so glad you liked it, thanks for reading Gemma! xxx

  • Downloading headspace now!

    • NatalieLeanne

      Let me know how you get on with it!!

  • I’ve been using headspace and have found it makes meditating SO MUCH EASIER! I definitely prefer a guided routine.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

    • NatalieLeanne

      Yes so do I for some reason! xx

  • I love headspace , I think meditation is a great way to relax and I need to do more of it.

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  • I love your tips on how to get started, thanks for sharing them Natalie! There’s another thing you might want to try to anchor your practise: find everyday activities that you can do mindfully. Things like brushing your teeth or washing up, for example, are a great way to practise focusing on feelings and experiences. Have a great weekend! Xx
    Alix