How to meditate: the best tips to get started
Written by: Christina Pichler, 10.06.2021
Written by: Christina Pichler, 10.06.2021
I’m a beginner – where do I even start?
Every new beginning is a little rocky at first. Learning to meditate will take some time, just like learning a new instrument, a new language or sport. Having a goal is important because it helps you remember why you started at times when you don’t feel motivated!
Do you want to incorporate a 10-minute meditation into your morning routine? Would you like to bring more peace and serenity into your everyday life? Or do you just want to have a tool at hand that can support you in difficult situations? Define a clear goal at the beginning of your journey.
There is no 4-week program for enlightenment and no one-size-fits-all solution either. Meditation can and will look a little different for everyone! The most important thing to keep in mind: give yourself time to learn. Don’t force yourself to sit still for an hour during your first meditation. After all, meditation should help you to relax and not torture you!
From 0 to 100 doesn’t work for you? No problem! Find a schedule that suits you. Perhaps the best time for you to meditate is right after waking up, perhaps you prefer to meditate before falling asleep or on the bus on the way to university. It doesn’t matter when or where, what matters is that you stick with it because a new habit only forms after about 30 days.
What does one think about while meditating? You heard that you shouldn’t think at all while meditating, but your head is buzzing with thoughts? Drop all expectations and just wait and see what comes your way. In meditation there is no right and no wrong.
Always online, always available. That is exactly what stresses you out! In order to find peace, it is important to get rid of distractions. Preferably before you start your meditation! Turn off your cell phone, close the windows if you live on a noisy street, tell your roommates not to bother you for the next few minutes and nothing will stand in your way!
Everything starts with the breath. When you have found the right place and the right position, you can start to breathe consciously. You can put a hand on your stomach because the breath should go really deep. Try to feel how your stomach rises slowly when you inhale and how it makes itself smaller again when you exhale!
Controlling your breath will have a positive impact on you. After just a few breaths you will already notice how you calm down and arrive in the very moment.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to meditation, so we advise you to try different approaches in order to find the method that suits you best. Perhaps the easiest way to meditate for you is sitting down – perhaps you prefer to go for a walk. Taking a deep breath on a long train journey can also be meditation! No matter where and how, try to leave everyday life behind you for a few moments and find your center. For all those who do not quite know how and what there are also guided meditations. More on this in the next point:
Not quite sure how meditation works? Are you too restless to just sit there and wait and see if something happens? Closing your eyes and just going through with it is not for you? Then try a guided meditation! This can be done, for example, with the help of the meditation app Headspace! It is a widely used tool to facilitate access to meditation. You can choose from various guided meditations in the app and we guarantee you will find something for you!
You can also find guided meditations online, for example on YouTube, which can help you to familiarize yourself with this subject. These instructions are often free and bring you new input.
You don’t want to meditate alone, with an app or online? Why not look for people who have similar interests and want to meditate with you? There are many groups, led by a professionals or even meditation institutes that work holistically with mediation. Let yourself be inspired by the possibilities or simply find peace and quiet in everyday life with friends in a park.
Meditation is not just for vegans, Birkenstock wearers and yogis – but for everyone. It relaxes you, makes your everyday life easier and, in the best case, even strengthens your attention and concentration.
We hope our tips could help you out and start your meditation adventure!
We wish you good relaxation!
Your STUWO Team