Why and How to Meditate

What is meditation?

Thousands of thoughts and processes run through your mind every day. We tend to quickly react to these thoughts and our mind is always proactive in creating new thought whether we like it or not. Even when we sleep the mind is still active while the body rests.

Mediation is like exercise for the mind that awakens your attention to the conscious mind while instilling calmness at the same time. This doesn’t just create a more clear and positive atmosphere for your mind, but also can have profound effect on your physical body.

In most forms of mediation, you sit quietly for a period and put your attention of focus to one chosen object. When you notice, the mind start to wander, gently return the focus back to the object. The object could be your breath, a word, a mantra, a sound or many other things.

Some mediation practices include more attention to posture and body position but other can be done while you walk.

The benefit of mediation is that it can almost be done anywhere and anytime you can take 10 minutes or more out of your day.




 

Why Meditate?

Having a regular mediation practice will provide many benefits to your mind and body. Some of these benefits include:

 

I’ve never meditated before. How do I start?

This website is a resource to guide you on your mediation journey.  We have many tools and tips to help you get started and continue a consistent path of mindfulness.

You can start by checking out these free guided meditations all under 10 minutes for beginners. We continue to add more resources as build this site.  Even some veteran mediators still use guides.

Using sounds or an audio mentor as a guide will not only train the mind to refocus when required, it lessens the distractions from the outside world.

 

Mediation in its most basic form:beginners meditation

  1. Turn smart phones to flight mode or turn off and try to remove any distractions as best as possible
  2. Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable. Try not to lie down or slouch.
  3. Close your eyes
  4. Naturally breath in and out (unforced) and put your attention to your breath
  5. When you notice your mind starts to wander to other thoughts, gently return it your attention to your breath

Tip: If you are time conscious and you keep thinking ‘how long have I been sitting here’, set a timer on your phone you can alleviate the time distraction.

Check out Beginner Mediation Tips Here

 

I’ve start meditating, but not sure if I’m good at it.

Even the most experience mediators still ask similar questions. The act of sitting quietly for a short while can be challenging sometimes and a wonderful experience other times. Be assured this happens to everyone.

Practicing mediation is like practicing a sport, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Many life factors will affect how quickly you arrive into your calm state. The key is try and have a consistent practice. It’s better to meditate for 10 minutes a day then 70 minutes once a week.

Don’t get upset if you miss a day or forget, just continue to sit (meditate).

For beginners, external distractions such as sight and sound can be unsettling until you accept them with no judgement. This may take time so, close your eyes to block out visual distractions and use audio track and guided meditations to help direct you in the best mind state.

How long should I meditate for?

There is no accurate answer. This will depend on the individual. For the conventional western person who is time poor, we suggest a minimum of 10 minutes a day. Check out this video below from Andy Puddicombe explaining that 10 minutes can be all you need.

 

Check out these 10 minutes or less free guided mediation to get started or some of these free guided mindfulness meditations.

 

Meditsounds.com is grateful for your visit and wishes you an exponential journey through your mind which will bring many benefits to your life.