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Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind : zen habits

Check in with friends

You can do it with your spouse or child or a friend. Or just make a commitment with a friend to check in every morning after meditation. It might help you stick with it for longer.

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Why People Meditate
People meditate, not out of obligation or a hope that it will be helpful. They meditate because it creates very visible, very real positive changes in their lives.
The Benefits of Meditation
Start Small

Focus only on meditating 2-5 minutes each day, then after seven days, add 2-5 more minutes. 

It’s not the length of time that matters, it’s merely the consistency and commitment to doing it every day that counts.

Meditation improves your life

Meditation won't change what happens to you. But it will teach you how to approach your experiences differently:

  • You experience more joy and less suffering.
  • You’re able to feel peace regardless of your external circumstances. 
  • Negative emotions won't cloud your life.
Meditation gives you clarity

It helps you clear your mind and focus on what is really important, especially during challenging and stressful times.

Meditation makes you kinder

... because it helps you be effective with your time and attention, so you have more room to be there for others.

Mindfulness in major religions

Instructions for mindfulness meditations have been found in ancient texts of nearly every major religion, but it's Buddhism that exemplifies best mindfulness meditation: it cultivates non-judgemental awareness of yourself, your feelings, your mind and your surroundings 

Meditation and healthcare

Meditation has drifted from its religious connections and has been adopted by psychologists, healthcare professionals and other secular organizations as an effective way to deal with the stress and illnesses of the modern world.

3 core components of meditation:
  • Awareness: Focus on developing awareness. 
  • Non-Judgement: Witnessing an experience or sensation without attachment or criticism.
  • Peace: Though your feelings are valuable, mindfulness teaches you how to find serenity despite them.