Beginner Tips to Perform Your Best Meditation

If you have never practiced meditation before but would like to, you may have any number of questions swirling around inside your head. There are so many benefits to meditation, but if you are a beginner, you may not know where to start. If this sounds like you, don’t worry, because there are a lot of guides, tutorials, and information out there that can assist you with performing your best meditation.

There are many different reasons for which people meditate and try to achieve their personal best meditation.

Meditation has been practiced for centuries, so it by no means a new technique. Centuries ago, meditation was employed as a means of communicating with higher powers, like Buddha, or to arrive at an elevated state of consciousness. Today, however, while people do still mediate to achieve the aforementioned means, a more common reason to practice meditation is to alleviate stress and anxiety levels, which tend to get a bit out of control in the constantly-on-the-go lifestyles that so many of us are leading.

If you have never meditated before but would like to learn some tips about practicing your best meditation, then one of the first things you should know is that so much of meditation revolves around your breathing. When you are meditating, you need to maintain an awareness of your breathing. Meditation breathing differs from regular breathing in that it is slower and deeper and you do it with your diaphragm.

In order to be able to breathe properly, you should be sitting in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your arms down by your sides. It also often helps to close your eyes.

The location in which your meditation sessions take places is also an important factor, as you want to be meditating in a place that is as free from distractions as possible. Maintaining your concentration is often the most difficult aspect of your best meditation; therefore, try to meditation in a place that is far away from external noises, such as people talking, traffic, cell phones, computers, radios, televisions, etc.

You do not have to perform meditation in total silence, however. Especially for beginners, it is often helpful to listen to soothing meditation music to help set the mood or to listen to guided meditations, which will lead you through a series of visualization techniques to help you remain in the present moment and focused on what you are doing.

If you are new to meditation, you need not be afraid or worry about being able to successfully perform your best meditation. Everyone has a little bit of difficulty in the beginning, but that’s only natural and it’s what happens when you try just about any new activity. As with anything, practice makes perfect, so the more you meditate, the better you will become at it.

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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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