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Meditation Techniques for Beginners: 5 Easy Tips

Become "present"

Become totally aware of your current surroundings. What do you hear? How does it feel to sit? Do you feel tension? Where are your thoughts?

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Benefits of meditation

...include stress reduction, sharpened concentration, and improved circulation to start.

Once you begin to practice, you'll soon experience a quieter mind, a more open heart, and a sense of inner freedom.

Be comfortable in a quiet place

To get started, it doesn't matter whether you sit or lay down as long as you are comfortable. 

You can sit cross-legged, on the floor, or on a chair. Then have the palms of your hands face the sky.

Become "present"

Become totally aware of your current surroundings. What do you hear? How does it feel to sit? Do you feel tension? Where are your thoughts?

Focus on your breath

As you take long and deep breaths, feel your breath move from your lungs and out through your nostrils or your throat. 

Try your best to be as focused as possible.

Feel your body

Once you're focused, take notice of your body and how each body part feels. Start with the toes and work your way up to your head. If your mind continues to wonder then bring your thoughts back to your breath. 

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What mindfulness is

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