Knowing When You’re Ready to Start Meditating
Meditation might be a practice that you started hearing a lot about during the pandemic, but maybe you never took the leap to dive deeper into the practice.
While it can be intimidating to outsiders and there’s a lot of misconceptions about what meditation actually is, the best way to get started is just that–to start.
Continue reading below as we provide you with some guidance on how to approach meditation as a beginner.
Just like any new practice or hobby you pick up, when you start meditating, you want to have realistic expectations about what you can accomplish at the beginning.
Maybe you won’t be able to sit for an hour-long meditation in complete silence, but that’s completely expected as a beginner.
So, start your meditation practice with an open mind and be proud of yourself for starting such an incredible habit, no matter what your outcome is on your first day, month, or even year of meditating.
There are many different types of meditation that you may practice, so choosing a method to focus on will be the next step.
The three main types of meditation include body scan, breath-based, or guided meditation. Neither of these is superior to the other, though each person will generally have a preference for one over the other.
Try them each out on a few occasions and do some research to see which one is the right fit for you.
You don’t need a dedicated meditation room in order to get started with this practice, though you should be meditating in a quiet and calm space where you can really put your mind at ease.
Many people use their bedroom or office space as a meditation space, though it can really be anywhere that you’re most comfortable and won’t be interrupted during a session.
If you’re serious about your meditation journey, be sure to carve out some time from each day so you can stay regular with it.
Meditation is a journey, so you will only get better the more you practice this new ‘muscle’. Irregular meditation won’t give you the desired results you’re looking for, so be intentional with this practice so you can provide yourself with all the great benefits.
Once you’ve considered all the above points and have realistic expectations about your meditation practice, you’re ready to dive deeper and really explore this area of self-care. There’s no better time than now to get started, so don’t let anything get in your way of enjoying the benefits of meditation–even as a beginner.
– Written by Bailey Schramm in partnership with Chittons spiritually conscious, luxury activewear.