There are many people who say that they can't meditate because they get too nervous. That is why I wanted to create this article, so you can learn how to meditate easily in just 5 steps.
Why meditate when you can do yoga, tai chi, or other types of activities?
Because the benefits of meditation are unique, taking you to an inner world that is difficult to access with another practice.
What happens when you start meditating is that the mind puts on some resistance, because it is used to wanting to take control.. and meditation takes it over. And the moment you stop meditating, the mind says: “but…. why do I have to stay here without doing anything for I don't know how long?”
And of course, if we listen to the mind, the immediate response is: “I am not good at meditating”. And with this, the practice is over before it begins.
Do you want to learn how to meditate without being overwhelmed? Well, then you'll love this article, you just have to apply what I explain here. Let me know your experience!
5 steps to learn to meditate easily
Below I show you the 5 steps that you can apply if you want to learn to meditate easily. You can do them all at once, or progressively.
The important thing is that you have fun and do not take it as an obligation, the idea is that you are looking forward to that time of the day to meditate.
Step 1. Find the ideal environment to meditate
When you start meditating, the environment is very important, because at first the mind is not used to meditate and will look for all kinds of excuses to abandon the practice.
I started meditating many years ago, when I lived in a very small studio, which was more like a matchbox than anything else… but very cozy.
What I did is to create my meditation space in a corner of that mini space, putting a meditation cushion that I bought with much affection, a mini carpet and some images that inspired me of Jesus, Yogananda, Babaji and Lahiri Mahasaya.
I put a candle and also incense… and although the space was extremely small, I made it cozy enough to make me want to sit there and meditate.
Anyone who had seen me would have said I was facing the punishing wall, it really was a very small space, but for me it was ideal.
What is that space that is ideal for you where you live? Tailor it to your needs and treat it with care.
Step 2. Start with guided meditations
If you have no experience meditating, it's quite possible that sitting there meditating without any outside help will become too much of a chore. There is no need to start the house from the roof.
This is why, when you start, it is recommended that you use guided meditations, such as those you will find on my YouTube channel (in Spanish).
Every guided meditation is a world and you're not going to connect with the voice or style of everyone who creates meditations.
It's all about finding the meditations you like the most, and following the people who create them.
I, for example, love to meditate with the Insight Timer app, where you'll find meditations in many different languages, totally free.
Search for guided meditations that you feel like listening to in your free time.
Step 3. Introduce 5 to 15 minutes of mindfulness a day
Once you've had some experience sitting in meditation, it's time to take the next step, which is to practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness, or mindful presence, is an ancient practice with which to learn to be present in the here and now.
There are many mindfulness techniques, but the simplest is focusing on the breath, on how you inhale and exhale.
What happens when you practice mindfulness is that the mind goes to something else, so at first the frustration can be very great, because by the time you realize it, bye-bye breathing!
The secret here is to take it with humor and return again and again to the breath, without judging yourself.
Start with 5 minutes a day of mindfulness and build up to 15 minutes a day.
Step 4. Enjoy your regular spiritual practice
It's amazing how the human mind works. If we decide to do something on a regular basis and mark it on the calendar, the odds that we will do it increase dramatically.
However, if we simply say, “I'll get around to it,” 90% of the time we end up not doing it.
The reason is a matter of priorities. If you are scheduling, the mind understands that it is important. Otherwise, it is one more thing to add to the long list of habits that remain there, full of dust.
The ideal is to meditate first thing in the morning or last thing at night before going to sleep.
The reason is that before we go to sleep and also when we get up the brain emits alpha waves, which is when we are relaxed, which greatly facilitates meditation.
In my case, I get up at 5 am to first take Reiy, my beloved Labrador for a walk, and then have plenty of time to meditate, connect with the High Spheres of Light and channel.
But as long as you have a space of 15-20 minutes a day, it is enough. The important thing here is regularity.
Have a moment a day for yourself, to sit and meditate.
Step 5. Make it fun and entertaining
Find a way that makes meditating fun and enjoyable for you. Make it yours.
If, for example, you are a very orderly and methodical person who likes to know everything in advance, have a daily practice that is as similar as possible, so that there is no chaos in your life.
If, on the other hand, you are a person who gets bored easily, who is passionate about change, find out all types of meditation and try a different one every day.
Do it in a way that is encouraging for you, that makes you be looking forward to that time of the day where you will sit and meditate.
If you want to know how to make the experience enjoyable for you, bring your awareness to your heart zone and answer this question:
What does my meditation practice need to be, so that I can enjoy it?
Your opinion matters…
Now that you know how to start meditating easily, what do you think you can do today to make of meditation a daily habit?
And if you already have experience meditating, what advice would you give to someone starting to meditate?
Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.