Meditation Beginners Should Follow THESE Helpful Tips
If you're looking to find inner-peace in 2017, meditation is definitely something you should try.
Just ask author of Meditation for Beginners and holistic health coach Sara Elliott Price. She revealed why she believes meditation can make this world a happy, healthier place.
"It's my wish that all people will come to know the healing powers of silence and self-reflection," she told Sweety High. "Meditation has the power to change the world. If more people sat in silence and centered themselves daily, or even just weekly, we would see a shift in how we treat one another as a whole."
If you're new to meditation and don't know where to begin, Sara's got you covered. She shared her top five tips every meditation beginner should know before diving in.
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"Don't take it too seriously," Sara advised. "It's not a competition and there are no rules."
2. Focus on Your Breath
"If all else fails and you can't quiet your mind, just focus on your breathing—in and out," she said.
3. Try Yoga
"If the act of meditation itself is intimidating you, start small with just practicing mindfulness (i.e., being in the moment) daily no matter what task you're doing," Sara noted. "Yoga is an amazing gateway for that."
4. Take a Guided Meditation Class
"Often times, people who find it difficult to sit in the silence of their own mind are much more keen on guided meditation," she stated. "If you're going to try this, I recommend taking a class with a certified teacher. As an added bonus, you'll get to meet others who are on the same journey as you."
5. Be Open-Minded
"I can't stress this enough," she said. "So many people think that meditation (and yoga for that matter) is a religion. It's not! Yes, it's true that people of different religions utilize the practice of meditation (and for good reason), but it doesn't have to have any sort of religious meaning. It can be spiritual if that's what you're looking for, or you can simply use it as a way to become more in-tune with yourself."
If following these tips doesn't work out right away and you get discouraged, Sara advised not to worry. Meditation takes some time to perfect, but you'll get there eventually.
"Be easy on yourself and understand that it's going to happen," she said. "No matter how long you've been practicing meditation, you'll most likely have to deal with thoughts creeping in, you just get better at ignoring them and returning to your breath."
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