If you are just starting a meditation practice, you may have a feeling of overwhelm. In today’s information-infused environment it is easy to feel like you are drowning in information overload. Practice the following 5 meditation tips for beginners and you can de-clutter your mind for a more successful meditation experience.
There Is No Need to Close Your Eyes
Sometimes closing your eyes actually has a negative effect. Your mind is free to wander, and especially for some beginners, this makes it tougher to reach a meditative state. Those just starting out in a meditation practice can find it very beneficial to keep their eyes partly open. This allows you to stay alert and avoid drifting off to sleep.
Remember That Meditation Is Versatile
There are mindful meditation, walking meditation, mindful breathing, meditation practiced during yoga, eating meditation and even driving meditation practices. Don’t get bogged down with the idea that meditation means sitting cross-legged on a mat in a quiet environment while chanting and performing mudras. That works for some people, but for not all, and when beginning a meditation practice, you should find out what works best for you.
You Can Meditate Just About Anywhere
Meditation is a mental practice, not a physical environment. You can meditate throughout the day, anywhere, anytime, and in just about any physical position.
There Is No Right or Wrong
Do you remember when you first learned to ride a bike? You fell frequently, maybe you cried a little, and even when you stayed upright, you didn’t practice the best technique. This is because you were just starting out. Remember that there are no wrong or right ways of meditating as a beginner. Get started, get a good coach or teaching resource, and your practice will improve over time.
The Placement of Your Hands Doesn’t Matter
Don’t be intimidated by traditionally accepted images of people meditating. This will make you believe your hands must be held in a particular pose or position. Mudras are different hand placements used in meditation. They can enhance your practice, but even after you have become a meditation “pro” they are not required.