How to Start a Mindfulness Meditation Practice: A Beginner’s Guide

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We don’t all have to opportunity to sit on the top of a mountain under a bodhi tree with our legs crossed.  Our lives can be pretty stressful and complicated.  It is a fast-paced, always-on world, and finding moments of peace and quiet can be a challenge.

But taking time to practice mindfulness meditation can help us find that sense of calm and centeredness we so often crave. Mindfulness meditation is a simple but powerful technique that can help you reduce stress, improve focus, and develop greater self-awareness.

Here is a list of things you can do that will help you get started right away.

  1. Find a Quiet Space Choose a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. It doesn’t have to be a special room or space, but it should be somewhere you can sit or lie down comfortably for a few minutes. Turn off your phone and any other distractions.
  2. Sit Comfortably Find a comfortable seated position with your back straight, either on a cushion or a chair. If you prefer, you can also lie down. The key is to find a position that allows you to be alert and attentive, without being uncomfortable or distracted. If lying down causes you to fall asleep, it’s best to sit up straight.
  3. Focus on Your Breath Start by taking a few deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then, shift your attention to your breath, simply noticing the sensation of the air moving in and out of your body. Don’t try to change your breathing, just observe it. 
  4. Notice Your Thoughts As you focus on your breath, you may notice that your mind begins to wander. That’s okay! Just notice when your mind wanders, and gently bring your attention back to your breath. Don’t judge or criticize yourself for getting distracted – it’s a natural part of the process.
  5. Practice Consistently Starting a mindfulness meditation practice is like starting any new habit – it takes time and consistency. Start with just a few minutes a day, and gradually increase the length of your practice as you feel comfortable. It’s better to practice for a few minutes every day than for a longer time only occasionally.
  6. Cultivate the Right Attitude Mindfulness meditation is not about achieving a particular state of mind, but rather about being present in the moment, without judgment or distraction. Cultivate an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance. Be kind and patient with yourself and remember that your mind will wander – that’s normal.
  7. Seek Support If you’re struggling to get started or have questions about your practice, just ask. Post a comment down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Starting a mindfulness meditation practice can be a powerful way to bring more calm and clarity into your life. By finding a quiet space, sitting comfortably, focusing on your breath, noticing your thoughts, practicing consistently, cultivating the right attitude, and seeking support, you can begin to experience the benefits of this simple yet profound technique.

So take a few minutes each day to be present in the moment, and see what a difference it can make in your life.

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