Our Meditation Guide for Beginners is in your interest if you want to create a healthy and balanced life with less stress and more awareness, happiness, and fulfillment.
Nowadays, tension and stress are part of everyday life because the demands of the outer world and excessive responsibilities lead to mental, emotional, and physical overload.
If you are a complete beginner in Meditation and you are thinking of starting with its practice, this two-part guide gives you clear and valuable basic information; it explains various experiences that can be lived during the meditation practice and recommends simple tips to integrate it easily as a habit in your lifestyle.
WHAT IS MEDITATION ABOUT?
In recent years, Meditation has become more widespread, being known and practiced in every corner of the world. Too few people have heard “meditation” at least once or have a vague idea.
The term “meditation” comes from the Latin “meditori”, which means reflecting on something. Meditation is a simple and natural process with fantastic effects when practiced daily, bringing beneficial results in all levels of being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Why do you want to meditate?
What would you like to have more present in your life?
It doesn’t matter which of the following reasons are yours:
- Less stress and anxiety.
- Peace of mind.
- To release and heal physically and emotionally.
- To slow down the rhythm of your life.
- More clarity and intuition.
- Deep knowledge of yourself.
- Harmony in your soul.
- A deeper meaning of life itself.
- Joy, love, and happiness within.
Meditation embodies all these.
Through Meditation, you discover that you are not limited by conditioned life; instead, you have access to endless possibilities with every thought, word, and action. With each moment of Meditation, you explore and connect to the peace and silence you bring to the outer world. This is the magic of Meditation. What matters is not necessarily what you experience while meditating but what you experience the rest of the hours after Meditation.
WHO JOINED THE MEDITATION CIRCLE?
You can also join the millions of people worldwide who have discovered, through constant Meditation, balance, fulfillment, healing, and inner happiness.
Besides many well-known spiritual and personal development leaders such as Buddha, Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, Thick Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödron, Deepak Chopra, Jack Kornfield, Oprah Winfrey, John Kabat-Zinn, Ram Dass, Lao Zi, Anthony Robbins, George Mumford, etc. many actors, singers, athletes are also practitioners of Meditation.
Among them are Richard Gere, Tina Turner, Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Annie Lenox, Madonna, Sting, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, and many others.
All these people have in common the desire for self-knowledge and the expansion of the mind to understand the potential of every moment of their lives.
Lately, Meditation has gained more and more popularity, being recommended by physicians, psychologists, and cognitive behavioral therapists.
It was introduced and taught in some schools as a particular program and incorporated in some companies in the employees’ work schedules to overcome stress and fatigue and increase efficiency at work.
EXPERIENCES DURING MEDITATION
During Meditation, you will live specific natural experiences that are part of the process of awareness through observation: thoughts, sensations, sounds, falling asleep, or a feeling of deep inner peace.
We have been taught to have a continuously active mind to function and to be able to create and accomplish our goals.
Ten thousand thoughts go through our minds daily; some we keep, some we delete, and some we just let pass by. Thoughts want to keep us on constant alert as an explanation for every moment we live.
When we receive a thought, we give it a first meaning, then build more meaning around it or move on to the next one.
During Meditation, the capacity for consciousness is activated, and the mind, which wants to control and condition, transmits through your thoughts that it is against the new state.
That is why, when you meditate, it is normal for you to have thoughts of boredom, anxiety, and denial. They are silent but have a specific meaning. It is essential to know that whatever the thought is, you do not identify with it. You have it.
Be patient with yourself, and do not give up! You will see that the transition from the active mind to the quiet mind will be much easier with each meditation practice because every thought will dissipate into inner peace and silence.
No matter what thoughts interrupt your Meditation, observe them without analyzing them and return slowly to the object of your attention.
This can be your breath, mantra, chakra, mala (a string of beads used in Meditation), a simple word, a diagram, etc.
Many people have the wrong idea about Meditation. They understand that they need to stop, resist, or even block the thoughts that come to them.
That is a mistake. Thoughts come naturally, and they are part of Meditation. You cannot stop them, and there is no point in aiming to resist.
If you oppose them, it means that you pay attention, and where you focus your attention, you channel your energy.
So, just let them come, observe, and let them pass, returning slowly to the object of your attention!
Sounds are a significant source of thoughts; like them, sounds are also part of your meditation practice.
Even if you close your eyes during Meditation, your hearing remains active. You keep hearing the surrounding sounds: voices, the passing car, the barking of a dog, etc. But Meditation leads you beyond these sounds.
You do not have to do anything. Stay indifferent to them. Let them come, vibrate, and observe how you become aware of them and how they disappear when you return to the object of attention.
If you stop at them, you only give them meaning and think more about them. As long as you return to the object of attention, you can always detach yourself from thoughts or sounds.
Your physical body is another source of thoughts. Because of it, you experience sensations. Always choose comfort when it comes to your body. The more comfortable you are during Meditation, the more your body will not be a distraction.
If your legs are numb during Meditation, stretch them to relax, then slowly return to the object of attention.
If you feel pain in the lower back, put a cushion under the buttocks to sit more comfortably. Massage the painful area a little, then return slightly to the object of your attention.
It is essential for your back to be straight and to feel comfortable all the time.
During Meditation, you can feel other natural sensations, such as:
- a general soothing sensation
- complete peace of mind
- accelerated breathing
- constrictions in the head
The last three sensations generally occur if you force yourself to meditate. In this case, to relax those sensations, take slow and deep breaths to calm down.
All these sensations you may experience during Meditation are expected, especially as a beginner.
At every moment of life, your body is used to continuous activity. When you change its status, it needs time to learn to stay still. Just be patient and give it time to adjust.
When you meditate, your mind and body relax, which may make you fall asleep.
For the first time as a beginner, falling asleep is excellent. It means you allowed yourself to calm down and relax enough to leave yourself in a state to recover your body and mind. This is a significant indication of authentic Meditation.
But, if you fall asleep every time you meditate, it means you do not have enough rest, and you should devote more time and attention to this issue.
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These experiences help you evolve and will best confirm your transformation.
The tensions accumulated over time in each part of the body leave their mark and influence your emotional and physical health.
Also, your repressed feelings, expectations, or unsatisfied needs turn with time into emotional or physical disorders. If you do not change how you relate to them, they will continue to manifest at the deepest level.
But with Meditation’s help, you can eliminate these negative aspects.
For beginners, stress relief during Meditation manifests through yawning, sighing, crying, smiling, laughing, moments of revelation, intense emotions, or visual experiences.
On the physical level, you may feel heaviness or lightness, a sense of cold or heat, tingling, or waves of energy in certain body parts.
During Meditation, you can also visualize the colors, shapes, symbols, and faces of loved ones or those who passed away (which happened in my case). But don’t get scared because it is part of the awareness process.
Each person lives differently from the experiences during Meditation because it also depends on their emotional baggage.
I had a case among my students in which a student went into uncontrolled crying after a few minutes of hysterical laughter.
After there was total silence, she finished the session with a smile on her face.
Others begin to fall asleep right after the first few minutes. The same thing happened to me in my first meditation practice.
I also experienced some of them, and it is not excluded that you will also live many of those experiences.
All of them are natural manifestations, which indicate that you become aware of your unconditional self.
Well, my dears, this has been the first part of the insights from the Meditation Guide for Beginners.
In the second part, you can learn how to prepare and develop a daily meditation program, how to overcome the excuses that condition you not to meditate, and apply all the information from the guide to start with a first meditation session.
Feel free to share your personal experiences. Every piece of information adds knowledge to us, so they are welcome!
You can continue reading the second part of the guide by accessing the link below.
Prepare and Develop a daily Meditation Program
Till next time…
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