5 Easy Meditation Tips for Beginners

I don’t think it is any secret that I love meditation, I feel like I am always talking about it. But before we get into the tips, let me tell you the story of how I found out firsthand how powerful meditation can be.

 

I was 21 years old and living in Cairns. I loved going down to the water near my house to sit in a beautiful spot. At first I just sat there and watched, taking in the trees, the water, the boats coming in and out of the marina, but soon I started feeling this feeling inside of me. It was a feeling of both peace and energy building in my body at the same time.

 

The more I practised doing this, the deeper and stronger the feeling got, and the quicker I could enter into this state. It took me a while to realise it but even though my eyes were open, I was entering a state of deep meditation. I would just focus on my breathing and let the beauty of nature lift me up. I had meditated before and found it amazing, but this was something different again.

 

The high states I was going to could only be described as a feeling of peace and euphoria. I felt connected to everyone and everything in the world and I could feel that we are all part of a web of inter-connected energy. It felt so incredible that I couldn’t wait to meditate like this again.

 

I began to understand things as well. I could ask questions about life, the universe, our purpose…anything, and the answers would come to me like a quiet voice whispering into my mind. And I trusted the answers because they come with such a feeling of profound peace and truth.

 

This happened every time I sat down to meditate but the greatest gift of this experience was that I came away with a tool I could draw on at anytime to make me feel incredible and bring me back to balance at a moment’s notice. I realised that life flowed easier and amazing coincidences happened when I felt this way. The more I meditated the easier it became.

 

It doesn’t always feel like this when I sit down to meditate, in fact sometimes it can take time to clear the clutter in my mind but I think in this world we live in, having a spiritual practise is not just a nice idea, it is essential.

 

So if you are curious about meditation but don’t know where to start, here are 5 easy meditation tips to get you started.

 

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering the quiet that is already there.”

Deepak Chopra

#1 Start Small

If you are a beginner, start your meditation practise aiming for small but regular times. You are far more likely to commit to meditating for just 3-5 minutes a day rather than setting yourself what can feel like a massive task of sitting down for 45 minutes to meditate. And a small but daily practise is not only more do-able but you will feel the benefits quicker and you can increase the time as you go.

#2 Experiment with Different Types

Meditation is going to be different for everyone but to find your groove you just need to start somewhere. There are many different types of meditation, and so many different ways to do it, so experiment.

 

You might find it easier to use a guided meditation, using mudras or hand positions which I personally love and use all the time (find out how to use mudras here) or just sitting in nature to help you. You might even find it easier to meditate after exercise.

 

You can meditate to focus on something in particular (eg. manifesting, grounding or letting go) or you can go inwards, clear your mind and see what arises and where you are lead. Trying different types help you to know what you like and you might need different things on different days. I know I do!

 

 

#3 Anything can be a Meditation

Meditation certainly doesn’t have to be sitting in the lotus position. Bringing your focus inwards is a mindfulness meditation you can do anytime, anywhere. It brings you back into the present moment which is where all your power lies (as opposed to focusing on the past or future which most mind chatter is about) and brings you back to faith and love and  away from worry or fear.

 

Focusing on your breathing, how your emotions feel, and how your body feels is a perfect way to do this and the effect is instant. You can do it as you walk, drive, type, or even if you find yourself in the middle of an argument or conflict. 

 

I teach people to create triggers in their day that prompt them to do 10 deep conscious breathes eg. before you eat (also good for digestion), when you brush your teeth or take a shower, everytime you stop at a traffic light. The more often you do this, the more focused and calm you will find yourself, and the more conscious you become of unhelpful mind chatter.

 

 

#4 Experiment with the Time of Day

Mornings are great to set intention for the day. Even if you have just woken up, meditating is still very beneficial. On the other hand, night-time can be great to make sure you get a really restful night’s sleep. Just don’t leave it too late, you will just fall asleep.

 

Different months, seasons and times of the day will bring a different energy into our world and therefore into your meditation. One example is dusk which can bring a very expansive energy to your meditation and be great for manifesting, but if you are tired or flat that expansiveness can be a bit too much and even make some people feel a bit lonely or melancholy. For me, this is especially obvious watching little kids being put to bed in dusk in summer!

 

 

#5 Let it Unfold

You are not necessarily going to reach great heights or discover the meaning of life every time you sit down to meditate, so don’t put that expectation on yourself or take it to mean that you are not doing it right. Every meditation is different. Your path will look different from others and it will change over time and lead you to exactly where you need to go.

 

Meditation is a doorway to the immense love and connection that is always there for us. It connects us to the power that is already within you, in fact everything you seek in life is already within you. You are just remembering how to connect with it. All you need to do is trust, breathe and enjoy.

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