Practice Meditation Regularly and Get Results

If you have never practiced meditation before, then you may have a few butterflies in your tummy about it. Starting new endeavors, even if they are things that you really want and have been looking forward to doing, can often feel simultaneously exciting and frustrating because you are exploring new territory. And the same goes for beginning to practice meditation.

Meditation has been around for centuries, dating as far back as 5,000 years in India. And there is even some speculation that meditation was being practiced long before that by primitive hunter-gatherer societies who used to alter their states of consciousness by staring deeply into their campfires. Today’s meditation has evolved quite a bit since then, however. It has more structure, and different techniques have formed. Plus, there have been many enhancements made to the practice of meditation, such as the accompaniment of meditation mp3s and other recordings.

To begin to practice meditation it often helps to do some research beforehand.

You can also seek out some guidance in the form of a meditation book, a guided meditation download, audio recording, or DVD, or a meditation instructor or guru. Of course, it is not necessary to do this. Doing so will only serve as a helpful hand should you need some assistance when you start to practice meditation.

Practicing meditation is not difficult to do step-wise. But the maintenance of your undivided concentration for an extended period of time is very often much easier said than done. Most people, when they first begin to practice meditation, have a difficult time sitting still and clearing their minds for long enough to fully reap all of the wonderful benefits of meditation.

If this sounds like a pickle that you, or someone you know, is in, then don’t worry. This is a very common occurrence among meditation beginners, and the best thing to do to overcome this is to continue to practice meditation on a regular basis. As with anything, whether playing a sport, practicing a musical instrument, or learning how to paint, it always takes practice. And the same applies to meditation. The more you meditate, the better you will become at it.

I would recommend trying to meditate at the same time each day, such as when you first wake up or just before you are about to go to sleep. This way, your meditation will become as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Make it a point to turn meditation into a habit (habits usually take 30 days to develop) and you will get better and better at it. And before you know it, you will be able to practice meditation as naturally and comfortable as you breathe.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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