Before starting my meditation journey, I would often wonder what is meditation?
I always thought of meditation being a woo woo concept that only religious or spiritual people did.
Maybe you’re in a similar boat?
I had this vision in my mind of what people looked like when meditating, and although it looked kind of blissful, it actually put me off.
Was it even possible for me to be like those people?
In my world, my mind was always racing. I had so much to do in my day including massive to do lists. There was no way that I had TIME to sit down and “relax”.
Or so I thought…
But overtime, as I dipped more of my toes into the meditation world, I realised that there was something to this practice.
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I started to noticing my mindset changing:
- I felt happier and more content with my life
- I became more grateful and appreciative of the small things
- I was less stressed and anxious during my day
- I felt like I had MORE time (which was incredible)
- I felt more focused and less scattered
- I became more aware of my body, people around me and also my surrounding environment
All the time and effort I had been putting into developing a meditation routine was working.
AND it felt freaking awesome!
I gradually moved from meditation skeptic, to beaming advocate.
But what is meditation in the first place?
Let’s explore this in more detail below.
What is Meditation?
Personally, I define meditation as a practice that involves taking a moment to yourself to do one or more of the following:
- Tune into and enjoy the present moment
- Unwind and relax
- Observe wandering thoughts
- Clear your mind of thought as they arise without any judgment
- tune into your surroundings or focus your attention on a particular subject.
As you become distracted, you softly bring your attention back to focus.
The truth is that there are many different definitions about what meditation is on the internet. This can cause a lot of confusion.
Especially when some people think they’re defining “meditation”, but they’re actually getting mixed up and defining mindfulness instead.
The Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness
Although mindfulness and meditation have many similarities, there are some differences between the two.
For example, mindfulness is generally considered it’s own unique umbrella and type of meditation.
But you don’t necessarily need to be meditating to be mindful either…
Confused yet? Hear me out.
There are many different ways to be mindful. For example, you could be mindful whilst:
- Walking to work
- Having a shower
- Waiting in a queue for your coffee
- Washing the dishes
- Gardening etc.
In addition to mindfulness, there are also different types of meditation:
- Chakra Meditation
- Walking Meditation
- Movement Meditation (Eg. Yoga, Tai-Chi, etc)
- Loving-Kindness Meditation
- Transcendental Meditation
- Chanting / Mantra Meditation
- And many more…
Both practices are very versatile in how you use them.
Common FAQ’s about Meditation
1) Can Meditation Help Me with Managing Stress & Anxiety?
That’s pretty much why I started meditating in the first place.
Meditation is a natural technique that can help you to become a much happier, healthier and calmer version of you.
2) Can Meditation Be Done by Women and Men?
Absolutely! Meditation is just as relevant and effective for men as it is for women.
Meditation doesn’t discriminate and everyone can feel the benefits of meditation when it is practices consistently and frequently.
3) How Often Should I Meditate?
As a newbie, I suggest that it’s probably best to only commit yourself to meditating once a day.
This will make it much easier and less of a time burden to turn it into a daily habit.
4) How Long Should I Meditate for?
As a beginner, just start with 1-3 minutes each day – particularly in the first week.
This way your meditation practice won’t feel like a burden on your time.
As your attention improves, you can then extend your sessions up to 15-30 minutes.
5) Is Meditation Hard to Learn?
Just like any new skill, meditation takes time to master. But it doesn’t demand anything more than what it would demand to start any new habit.
Learning how to meditate will take commitment, consistency and self-discipline.
But the concept behind the simpler types of meditation for beginners, is pretty straight forward.
6) Where Can I Meditate?
Almost anywhere. As long as you have enough space to sit, stand or lie down and somewhere quiet without disruption, you’re pretty good to go.
As mentioned above, some people prefer to meditate in a particular meditation space. Others like to meditate when they are up and about doing a whole spectrum of activities.
7) What is Meditation’s Benefits?
There are manage proven benefits of practicing regular and consistent meditation.
It’s beneficial for your mental, physical and emotional health.
If you’re interested in reading more about the benefits of meditation you can check out this article.
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For years, I tried to learn meditation on my own…with many failed attempts, trial and error, a ton of frustration and sadly, much wasted time!
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