Starting a Meditation Practice
With Meditation becoming really popular among the Western Culture I thought I would share my journey through Meditation and give you some helpful tips on how to get started.
First things first you have to tackle your meditation practice with a positive open mind. If you go into it already doubting your ability to quiet your mind you will never succeed. You can do it! I know you can!
I started meditating about 4 years ago when I was involved with “40 Days to Personal Revolution” which is a Baron Baptiste program. Part of the 40 Days program entailed a meditation practice that would gradually get longer as the days went on. The first few days of my mediation practice was me rolling over to press snooze on my alarm clock and then laying their half-awake in bed. I really considered this as my effort into meditation.:) I gradually got out of bed to meditate and I got a little bit better at quieting my mind.
I started practicing meditation more seriously when I moved to Thailand. Thailand is a Theravada Buddhist Country and since I was living there I wanted to learn more about Theravada Buddhism so I joined an Expat Buddhist Group. A big part of Theravada Buddhism is meditating. The type of mediation they practice is called Metta Meditation which translates into Loving Kindness Meditation. You really focus on your breathing until you mind becomes still. Being a part of this group catapulted my practice to the next level and gave me a good understanding of meditation and it’s many benefits.
Many studies have shown that mediation can help you in many areas of life. A few of these great benefits are below. Also please check out the link to the Art of Living site where they share more great meditation benefits and practices.
- Reduces Stress Levels
- Increases Immunity
- Improves Metabolism
- Reduces Aging
- Improves overall Brain Function
There are many different types of meditation practices. The link below will give you insight into your mediation options. I recommend checking them out to see which one most interests you then try to start your practice at home. If you feel like you need guidance look up groups that support the type of mediation that you’re interested in.
I sometimes enjoy guided meditations. My favorite one is the 21-day challenge with Deepak Chopra. I highly encourage you to check it out. The link to the Chopra Center is below. This site has a ton of great online options to check out if you’re not interested in the 21-day challenge.
I have found mediation to be life changing. It’s not easy at first but it’s like anything the more you do it the better you will be at it. I promise over time you will see the change in yourself and the life around you.
If you have any great advice about mediation practices, please share!