Meditation for Us NEWBIES.

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. - Andre Maurois

Friday’s Meditation: Is Centered On One Of Yesterday’s Articles And The Blog It Came From, About Meditation.
From Sarah:

Today’s post will be a bit more focused since I have found a wonderful blog to learn how to meditation. Or at least start on this journey. Up until now, I only knew that I wanted to meditate. I needed to meditate.
I just had no idea how to start. No idea how to go about it. For me, sitting and just listening to music or someone talking wasn’t going to do it for very long. There had to be a way I could quiet my mind. To stop it from going on and on. My mind wears me out. It is restless and constantly changing direction.
Yesterday, I found a wonderful post on MEDITATION and shared it. Today, I spent hours looking through that site and everything it had to share.

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass. - Owen Feltham

The new to me blog is:
About Meditation(Online Guide For The Modern Meditator.)

HOME

Sleep is the best meditation. - Dalai Lama

This is the post I shared:
FROM WEDNESDAY

Meditation 101: A Beginners Guide With The Tips, Benefits, & Techniques You Need To Know

Beginners guide to meditation

Meditation is a big topic. There are countless approaches, benefits, techniques, and schools of practice. And if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for a simple and comprehensive overview. Where should you start? What are the different approaches? When should you meditate and for how long? Finally, what are the benefits of meditation and […]

http://aboutmeditation.com/beginners-guide-to-meditation-tips-benefits-techniques/

From Sarah:
If you didn’t get a chance to check it out before now and you are wanting to start meditating, then please read. It really is worth it.
What all is in this post?
There is a wealth of information right in this one post.

IN THE POST A Beginners GUIDE:

When Should You Practice & For How Long?

Technically, you can practice meditation at any time of day. It largely depends on why you want to meditate to begin with. For example, if you have trouble sleeping, it might make sense to meditate just before bedtime. If you struggle with stress and anxiety during the day, you might try several short meditations throughout the day.

beginners guide to meditationBut in general, most experts and teachers agree that the best time of day to meditate is in the morning. After meditating for 20 years, I wholeheartedly agree with this. I feel like meditating in the morning, ideally at the same time every day, grounds and centers me for the rest of the day. I carry the emotional, psychological, and physical benefits with me all day long.

And how long should you meditate to get results? If you’re starting out, I recommend anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes a day. You can start with even less. Maybe try it for 2 minutes in the morning. And when you can sit still and relax for that long, move to 3 minutes. And then increase your time every day as you get comfortable with the practice.

The most important thing is to just start. The next most important thing is to be consistent. You are trying to set a new groove. So simplicity is ideal. The way I think about it, 5 minutes is 100% more than no minutes. And so is 1 minute. You just need to do it. You need to start and you need to keep going. Pick the amount of time that works for you and do it every day.

After a few weeks, then you can start to evaluate the impact and results of the meditation. Because we are all different, there isn’t a right amount of time to meditate. But it’s also like learning any new skill or practicing an instrument. The more time you invest in practice, the more results you’re going to see.


FROM SARAH:
I know there is a lot here IN THIS ONE POST. I Was overwhelmed at first. Then I went back and slowly read through it. Again and again.

How To Meditate: A Simple Way To Start Right Now

beginners guide to meditationIf you want to start meditating right now, here is a simple way to begin. Find a comfortable place to sit. Make sure your spine is straight.

Once you are settled and seated comfortably, you can either close your eyes or leave them slightly open, gazing at a point on the floor in front of you. Now you’re ready to begin practicing the art of attention.

As you breathe in, pay attention to your inhalation, feeling it fill your lungs, and then exhale, easily and naturally, counting “One” in your mind as you do so. Do this with your next breath, counting “Two” as you exhale, and with the next, “Three,” and so on. When you get to “Five,” begin again with the next breath at “One.” 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

If you get distracted and lose count, no problem–just start again at “One.” Don’t force your breathing, but allow yourself to completely relax while remaining fully alert, focused only on your breathing as you count silently in your mind, one breath at a time.

The Counting Meditationbeginners guide to meditation

Here’s a short video where I lead another simple focused awareness meditation called thecounting meditation. You’ll see how simple it is and then you can to do it yourself whenever you want.

Whole U Wellness Of Mind.
https://youtu.be/RMfavz1gHLA

Since 1971, there have been numerous studies on the relaxation response which have highlighted the following short-term benefits:

beginners guide to meditation

  • lower blood pressure
  • improved blood circulation
  • lower heart rate
  • less perspiration
  • slower respiratory rate
  • less anxiety
  • lower blood cortisol levels
  • more feelings of well-being
  • less stress
  • deeper relaxation”

    The One Thing You Must Do To Make Meditation A Habit

    make meditation a habit
    This post on Habits is WITHIN the main post here.
    “In our first article in this series on habits, we looked at the importance of 5 key factors: 1) Intention; 2) Commitment 3) Accountability 4) Support 5) Tracking Progress.

    In our second article, we explored how to manage your natural resistance to change and why that’s essential to your success over the long haul. And make no mistake, science shows the odds are stacked against you and me. According to the research, we have about an 8% chance of forging our new self-improvement resolutions into genuine habits.

    To be honest, those statistics are why we’re doing this series on habits. I want to share a few key leverage points that can make ALL the difference and help you overcome the odds. Today, we look at a third and powerful component of habit-building success”

    http://aboutmeditation.com/make-meditation-a-habit/”

    FROM SARAH
    Make Meditation A Life Long Habit
    I start (FOR REAL) – MEANING DANNY GOES BACK TO WORK AFTER MONTHS OF A CRAZY SCHEDULE……I START MEDITATING…..SLOWLY ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 2ND. Giving a daily or weekly process of how things went.
    Have a good FRIDAY. LOVE SARAH

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