Tips for Meditating | Easy Meditation Tips for Beginners

Tips for Meditating | Easy Meditation Tips for Beginners

This video of tips for meditating is responding to a request from one of our group members, Shyam Prasad, who asked for easy meditation tips for beginners to improve meditation.

There are lots of different types of meditation, as many will know, some forms of meditation involve breath control, some involve focused concentration, or single-pointed concentration as it’s also known.

Other types of meditation involve the repetitive use of mantras, and some meditations are feeling based which don’t use any form of mental focus.

I’ve tried different forms of meditation myself, being sensitive to energy, however, I find that feeling based meditation, such as open your heart and feeling a connection with Source during meditation, works best for me.

Some of the areas Shyam was asking for advice on was:

  • The best time of day to meditate
  • Meditation posture & backrest
  • The duration of meditation
  • And pre and post meditation activity

Shyam also asked how meditation can be used for spiritual enlightenment, and that’s quite a deep topic which I’ll talk about in the next video in more detail.

 

Tips For Meditating at the Best Time of the Day

My first of 4 tips for meditating is the best time of day to meditate.

In my experience, I wouldn’t say there is a best time of the day that suits everyone. Different times of day may suit different people, depending on their circumstances and what form of meditation they’re using.

For example, we know meditation is good for relieving stress. So many people will find it beneficial to meditate on their lunch break while they’re at work, or after work, when they’re feeling the stress and tension they’ve accumulated throughout their day.

Many people who suffer from stress also experience insomnia and find it difficult to switch off and get to sleep at night. So for such people, meditating at night offers them good results.

People have different reasons for meditating and they practise different forms of meditating too.

What I found works best for me, however, is to meditate first thing in the morning before I do anything else and there’s a few reasons I find morning meditation the best time of the day for me.

The first is that, I’ve just woken up, and my brain and mind have been rested, I’m feeling calm, at peace, and my brain is not over stimulated having to look at screens, or work, or deal with my usual daily responsibilities.

So first thing in the morning my mind is still and I feel at peace. And that of course helps me to meditate easier and deeper.

I do also meditate at night, a few hours before I go to sleep, however I prefer the mornings, because I can get into a deeper mediation much easier.

There’s another reason I prefer morning mediation over any other time of the day.

I usually wake up at 6:00am and by 6:15am I’m in meditation. And I can feel a clear difference in the energy around me.

In the early morning there’s no traffic outside, there are no people, and the majority of people and sleeping in their beds.

And I can feel a sense of calm peacefulness, and stillness in the air. When the time gets to around 7:30, people are waking up, there’s activity outside, and I can feel that energy of rush starting to creep in.

So for me, meditation in the early morning works best for those reasons.

 

Meditation Tips to Maintain Good Posture

When it comes to meditation posture, for years I used to sit on a comfortable chair. However I eventually felt that was limiting how well I could meditate and connect.

I’ve tried many different postures, I’ve tried buying different meditation cushions and seats, I’ve tried leaning my back on a support and I’ve tried not leaning my back on a support.

After a lot of experimentation, I found that kneeling helped keep my spine in a natural straight position. However, even when sitting on a pillow, it felt uncomfortable on my knees, ankles and legs.

Out of all the meditation seats I’ve tried, I found this the best one for me. This was sold by Bean products on amazon.

This allowed me to kneel and keep my spine straight while taking the weight and pressure off my knees, ankles and legs, and I found I could meditate deeper and connect better when I was sitting in this position.

The way this specific seat is shaped helped also, because the legs are curved, so the seat naturally rolls into the most optimum position which helps you keep your spine perfectly straight once you find that sweet spot.

I won’t life, it was painful to use at first because my spine had become accustomed to sitting in a chair with poor posture, however after a week or regular practise twice a day, that discomfort was gone and I started reaping the benefits.

 

Tips for Meditating in a Routine

As far as how long to meditate goes, I would offer the following advice based on my experiences.

At first, I tried to do too much. I was doing long meditations daily, self healing, and other practices, and I found it a challenge to keep a regular practise going because I was doing so much every day.

So I started making up excuses for why not to practise. If you’re new to meditation and you’re just starting, I wouldn’t over do it to the point that you’re feeling restless or frustrated.

It’s far better to meditate well for 20 minutes, than it is to meditate for an hour while checking the clock for when the meditation is going to end.

Plus I found it much easier to motivate myself doing only 20 minutes a day, which helped me to feel enjoyment from meditating, which helped me to practise regularly until I developed a routine.

Once I had established a regular daily routine, I then slowly over time, added 5 minutes onto the length of the meditation I was doing until I was meditating for 45 minutes to 1 hour each time.

So that helped me to establish a routine for myself. So my advice would be to not over do your meditation, and focus on developing a regular 20 minute routine before you increase the duration of the meditation.

 

Meditation Tips for What you Should Do Before and After Meditation

For what you should be doing before and after your meditation, I found not watching computer screens, or TV screens, or doing something that made my brain very active, helped me to switch off mentally much easier before I meditated.

I also found I could meditate deeper when I didn’t have a full stomach, so I avoid eating before meditation.

Following the meditation, no matter what I do, I intend to continue to feel the peace, calmness, and stillness I experienced during the meditation, and bring this into whatever I was doing after the meditation.

And if you can bring that calmness, peace, and stillness from your meditation into your normal every day life, your life becomes an extension of your meditation.

And with practise, you can go about your usual day performing your work and responsibilities while feeling the same peace, calmness, and stillness you felt while meditating.

I know there are many advanced meditators already in this group who use a variety of different techniques, and there are a few who teach different forms of meditation too.

So please do feel free to share your tips with what works best for you and your form of meditation.

 

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