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This simple beginners guide will help you become a better meditator. We want you to love
meditation and develop rich rewards in the form of inner peace, a focused mind, and a centered
So we’ve collected some of the best of About Meditation’s how-to articles and practice tips into a simple guide to help you hone and deepen your meditation.
You’ll find inspiration for your daily practice, solutions to your struggles, and in-depth answers to your questions about meditation.
You’ll get answers to questions like:
- When should I meditate?
- How do I start?
- What are some different techniques?
- What happens if I fall asleep?
- What are the rewards and benefits of meditation?
- What is moving meditation?
- How do I know if I’m making progress?
- How do I stop my thoughts?
Meditation Made Easy
➤ Meditation for Beginners: A 3-Step Guide for Daily Meditation
How do you start your meditation practice? Here we focus on the three building blocks of your practice: intention, attention, and relaxation. Practice these basic principles of meditation, and you’ll be on your way in no time.
➤ How To Breathe in Meditation: Finding the Approach That’s Best for You
Do you struggle with knowing how to breathe in meditation? Here’s a simple approach that will help you clear up any confusion.
➤ What is the Best Time of Day for You to Meditate?
It’s not always clear what time is best for you to meditate. Of course NOW is always the best time, but that aside, let’s explore the optimal time of day for your practice.
➤ Is It Too Late for You to Start Meditating?
Is there a cost to procrastinating? It’s never too late to start your meditation practice, but let’s get clear. If you haven’t started yet, here are some of the benefits you’re missing out on.
➤ One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make
Is there a “fatal error” in meditation? Learn about this one mistake that many new meditators make and how it can quickly kill your practice.
➤ How to Meditate for Beginners: The 3 Ingredients You Need to Succeed
If you want to learn to meditate, there is an endless variety of practices, paths, and techniques to choose from. But in the end, all you really need to begin practicing meditation are three basic ingredients: Intention, Attention, Relaxation
➤ This is One Approach to Meditation You Can’t Mess Up
This counting meditation technique will help you focus your mind and fall into a state of deep relaxation. A handy little trick that you can practice anytime and anywhere, this meditation harnesses your mind’s natural inclination towards rhythmic and punctuated counting.
➤ How to Practice the Soundscape Meditation Technique
This simple technique will teach you how to access expanded states of awareness through the subtle practice of careful listening.
➤ 5 Reasons to Try Mindful Exercise
Do you struggle with sitting meditation? Maybe mindful exercise is a better option for you. Here are 5 reasons to give it a try.
➤ How to Be Still in Meditation and Why it Will Change Your World
What is stillness and how do you achieve it in your practice? What is the relationship between inner and outer stillness? You’ll find answer here.
➤ How to Beta Test Your Meditation Practice in 6 Simple Steps
Here is a simple 6-step plan to kick-start your meditation practice.
➤ 10 Steps to Becoming A Better Meditator
How do you know if you are making progress in meditation? What does that even look like? Here are 10 tips that can help you improve your practice.
➤ Why Is Meditation So Damn Hard (Part 2)
Who ever said meditation was easy? Have you ever wondered why you can’t quiet your mind? Are you frustrated that it churns out non-sense, stress, and anxiety faster than snowflakes in a blizzard? In this 2-part series, we explore in-depth 6 reasons why you might find meditation challenging.
➤ Why You Are Struggling in Meditation & 10 Tips to Turn It Around
Are you struggling in meditation? If so, you are not alone. Here are 10 reasons why you may be
struggling in meditation and what you can do to get back on track.
How To Use This Guide
If there’s one thing I’ve learned after meditating for twenty years, it’s this. You can’t rush meditation. Take your time with these articles and peruse them at your leisure. Let them sink in.
And if you’re newer to meditation, it’s important to remember: be easy on yourself. You may have wonderful relaxing experiences right away when your mind goes quiet, or it may take weeks or months. Either way, it’s completely fine.
The point of meditation is to learn how to be easy and relaxed if your mind is a tempest or a placid pool. Meditation in itself is neither of those experiences. It’s the practice of being easy and ok with the full spectrum of our human experience.
And that requires patience, compassion, and acceptance of yourself just as you are in every moment.