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Learn to meditate for beginners

Updated on June 9, 2009

Introduction to meditation

If you are a beginner in meditation, you can find yourself confused with the abundance of information that is available on the internet regarding this subject. There are various types of meditations, there are many schools and a lot of teachers. By now you have likely found out about the numerous benefits of meditation and, indeed, meditation can open up a novel and breathtaking universe to you. But what is more crucial, meditation can enable researching the depths of Divine love and help you form a new focal point of your own personality. Meditation can bring inspiration, inner insights, and enlightenment. So, properly learning how to meditate is very important.

If you are eager to learn to meditate, let me emphasize one essential point: take your time and do not make rushed decisions. Choose your meditation techniques very carefully. The subject of meditation techniques is huge by itself. I would follow my heart when deciding which method is best suited for me.

What do you need for successful meditation?

First of all, in order to learn to meditate properly you'd need a calm, pleasant surrounding where nobody will disturb you. This requirement is especially important in the beginning. Prior to practicing meditation you should close your eyes and follow your thoughts. Before long, you will discover that your mind is restless - your thoughts will jump from one subject to another. Try not to fight with your thoughts, just follow them without involvement. Try to be their neutral observer in order to be able to get rid of them completely. This simple exercise is an excellent preparation for meditation. By doing it you'll be able to turn your consciousness inside and start to connect with your inner being.

Relaxation

When you learn how to meditate an important factor is relaxation. Before exercising your meditation, you should also do some relaxation. First of all, do some relaxation of your physical body, by focusing on different body parts. Start from the feet and follow your way up to the top of the head, relaxing the whole body. This process of relaxation can be accompanied by deep rhythmical breathing.

How often should I meditate?

Ideal is to meditate every single day, and in some cases even two times a day. But do not be disturbed if you miss a day or two. Most beginners in meditation find themselves confused if interrupted and they forget to follow their meditation program completely. Therefore, if you have encountered obstacles in your meditation session, go back to meditating as soon as possible. Try to develop love toward your meditation and your meditativeness. Learn to meditate frequently, and always with joy. Do not let meditation become obligation.

The benefits of meditation

 Set your meditation goals high, as high as you are able to imagine them. Don't look for for abilities of any kind, mastering or manipulating others, because then your goals are set rather low and your attempts will in the end be unproductive.  Meditation can assist you in better getting in touch with the world. This may be opposite to what some people believe, but performing meditation doesn't imply that you should alienate yourself from the world. Meditation will help you to get to know yourself better. Then, you'll be able to unite with your family, friends and colleagues. You'll realize what your place in the world is, as well as your interactions with the other people.

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Always consult with your meditation teacher

No matter what meditation technique you choose, don't forget to confer with your spiritual teacher. Your spiritual teacher can help you overcome many obstructions. Just remember, there is also a teacher in your heart that you should consult perpetually. If you still have not found your spiritual teacher or your spiritual path, here are seven simple meditations you can try prior to seriously engaging in some deeper meditation school.

Have trust in yourself. Your positive mental attitude, calm, and peace will always help you. Consciously grow love towards your meditation practice. Every single human being is capable of succeeding.

Nice video on learning how to meditate

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Great introduction to meditating! voting up and useful!

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      sunnyray 6 years ago from Belgrade

      You can always sit in a chair. That's how I normally meditate.

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      cblack 6 years ago from a beach somewhere

      My question is which position to use? Sitting on the floor with no back support is hard for me with a bad spine. But if I lay down I want to fall asleep.

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      meditation for beginners 6 years ago

      You have a wonderful hub. You the tips you gave were indeed easy to follow.

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      sunnyray 6 years ago from Belgrade

      Hi Mederi,

      Thanks for the visit. This hub is actually just to incourage beginners to start to look for a possibility to somehow incorporate meditation in their life. Hardly anyone has learned meditation just from books and written instructions. The best way is through human contact of course.

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      Mederi 6 years ago

      This is a very helpful guide for people who are beginners wishing to learn more about meditation.

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      sunnyray 6 years ago from Belgrade

      Hi Gavin,

      yes indeed there are so many types, like Buddhist meditation, Vipassana, transcendental meditation, meditation on various mantras, guided meditation, light meditation, etc. What I also see is that some other techniques like those originating from Kriya and Raja Yoga, or some pranayamas, even some relaxation methods, are also categorized as meditation, although technically they are not. So yes, our intention is of prime importance when meditating. Our goals should be set as high as possible, or otherwise we will not get all the benefits in terms of self-growth and self-realization that meditation can offer.

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      Gavin Brown 6 years ago

      There are so many types of meditation.

      I guess it depends what one is trying to achieve from meditation.

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      beginners meditation 6 years ago

      Its also important when first starting meditation, to take it slow and easy, with small amounts of time meditating and build up to not over do things.

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      sunnyray 6 years ago from Belgrade

      Glad you like it. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Create Magic 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Very clear hub. Love the suggestion of not fighting with thoughts. Well done

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      sunnyray 7 years ago from Belgrade

      Yes, you are so right. What we really are is perfect and self sufficient. On the other hand, great efforts are needed in order to penetrate through the veils of illusion of our lower self and see the light of our true Self. People often forget that meditation and spirituality is an active practice, not just letting us be passively guided into it.

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      Carrie DeSha 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I agree starting is a big hurdle. Another tough aspect of a deep meditation practice (versus simpler relaxation techniques) is only you can do it. Whichever method you choose, whatever special cushions you buy, no matter the books, CDs and DVDs you consult - these are just to help you look deep within. There you'll see you have always been perfect just the way you are!

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      sunnyray 8 years ago from Belgrade

      Hi Meditation!

      I could not agree more with you. Once the flame of meditation has started, everything gets easier.

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      Meditation 8 years ago

      One of the toughest parts of getting involved in meditation is actually about taking the first step. Thats the challenge, despite the fact that the rewards are incredible, an increased part of self worth and more.