How to begin meditation?
“How you learn is as important as what you learn.”
Meditation is about experiencing things for yourself and so how you approach it is as important as what you do. Meditation is a part of becoming more spiritual and so it helps to understand what being “spiritual” actually means.
Knowledge Versus Experience
Throughout your life there are two fundamental ways of being. At times you will be learning through thinking and gathering knowledge such as now as you read this. But much more important is what you experience for yourself, such as when you meditate.
Learning about something engages your mind and therefore the place where habits and ego can become involved.
By contrast experiencing something engages your soul, spirit and consciousness.
Becoming More Spiritually Awake
Being spiritual means to have a desire to let go of being attached to your mind, ego and habits and to seek out the source of love, which is found within stillness.
Therefore the more spiritual you are the more ease you have in letting go into meditation. Whereas the more you try and act spiritual and treat it as an intellectual pursuit, the more stuck in your mind you become. The answer is simple “love the stillness and let go“.
There is great value in information.
The trick though is to be in the optimal learning state, which comes from inner stillness…
Your invitation to begin meditation now
“There is no better time than right now to begin. Simply put in some headphones [optional], sit comfortably and listen to the video below.”
Hint: As you follow the guided meditation below, there will be periods of silence which is a great opportunity to become even stiller and just enjoy letting go. You’ll know when you’re at the end of the guided meditation because will will guide you to open your eyes. Enjoy!
If that was your first ever meditate then well done! because now you have experienced stillness you can more easily practise the art of learning.
Finding your way as a beginner of meditation
“The secret is to find what works best for you and make meditation a part of your daily routine.”
The secret to meditation is to incorporate meditation into your everyday life so that it becomes something positive and supportive. Although everyone starts in the same place your life will be different from everyone else’s. For this reason be kind to yourself and set realistic goals that compliment your life.
Meditation Game for Beginners
Did you know that the more you practice meditation the easier it gets. It is no surprise then that one of the most important steps is to make meditation part of your daily routine.
For this reason we have created a fun game to help support your daily meditation. Each day you roll a virtual dice and are given a different challenge to do. One day it might be to enjoy a guided meditation, the next to practice raising the amount of love in your heart. But you wont know what your challenge is until you play! As one meditation beginner explained:
“It’s made me want to give more time to meditation, as I want to know what number i’ll get and what i’ll be doing that day. Because I am not in control of the number then I can’t get lazy.“
Click the button in the box below to discover your daily challenge.
Daily Meditation: The Dice Roll Game
How to play: Below are six suggestions for beginners of meditation to do on a daily basis. There is one for each dice number. Every day simply roll a dice […]Roll the dice…
Handy meditation hints for beginners
We hope meditation becomes a natural part of your daily routine. Once it does then notice what changes as you do this exercise in addition to your daily meditation.
Even the most experienced meditator started on day one with their first meditate but they got better at it through practice. Therefore the more you do the more benefits you may get.
When you’d like to know how more experienced meditators practice have a look at our “practice and ethos” guidance.
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Meditation for Beginners Videos
We have created over 100 videos including tutorials, guidance, inspiration and advice to help you begin meditation. Below are just a selection of videos to help you get started. Of course if you have not yet started meditation then you can skip these videos for now. It is much better to begin your meditation first. Once you have started meditating as a beginner then these videos will be more helpful.
Improve your meditation as a beginner
These videos explore different approaches that will help improve your meditation, ideal for beginners. We begin therefore by looking into practical things you can do to make meditation even easier.
We follow on with ways to overcome a busy mind.
Finally we look into nine different ways to improve your meditation even more.
Many Reasons to Begin Meditation
We ran free classes in 2018 at several locations in Kent including Broadstairs and Canterbury. As a result over 800 people attended classes ranging from six to 65 people and they came from diverse backgrounds. And so we took the opportunity to ask “what do you want from meditation?“. Can you guess what the main reasons were?