Three Great Meditation Techniques for Beginners

If you are new to the practice of meditation, then you may be wanting to learn some basic tips and tricks for meditation beginners. When it comes to the basic instructions, meditation is not difficult to do. However, maintaining your concentration for an extended period of time, even for just 10-15 minutes, is often much easier said than done. Therefore, if you have never practiced meditation before, stay tuned, because in this article you are about to learn three great meditation techniques that can help you get moving down the path towards successful meditation and all of the benefits that go along with it.

Here are three great meditation techniques that you can try out!

Meditation Technique #1

Count your breath.

Breathing is such an important part of meditation. And if you are a beginner, it is recommended that you perform this simple breath-counting technique. To perform it, just follow the steps below:

Sit, get comfortable, close your eyes, and direct your attention onto your breathing, making yourself aware of each and every breath that you inhale and exhale.

Continue to breathe normally, neither slowing down or speeding up your breath. Pay attention to how the air feels as it passes through your nose into your lungs and then exits out your mouth.

After taking a few breaths, begin to count. Breathe in 1. Breathe out 2. Breathe in 3. Breathe out 4, etc.

Notice how you feel as you are breathing. You should be growing more and more relaxed, with your breathing become progressively deeper and slower.

Once you count to 100, slowly open your eyes and return to a normal state. Take in what you see around you, slowly standing up and stretching out your body.

And that’s it! That’s all there is to it.

Meditation Technique #2

Perform flame meditation.

Here’s how:

Turn off the lights in your meditation space and light a candle, positioning it so that it is at your eye-level.

To begin, sit, close your eyes, and start to breathe.

After inhaling and exhaling a few times, open your eyes and stare into the flame. Don’t think about it being a candle or fire, however. Simply gaze into it and continue to breathe.

Continue to focus on the flame for a few minutes in this manner. Then, when you’re ready, close your eyes and hold the image of the flame in your mind’s eye.

Try to hold onto the image of the flame for as long as you can, without causing strain.

Then, once you feel satisfied with the duration of your meditation session, imagine the flame being extinguished and then slowly open your eyes and become readjusted to your surroundings.

That’s it!

Meditation Technique #3

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Using visualization.

You may perform this as follows:

Sit down and close your eyes and begin to breathe, the same way you would while performing the other meditation techniques.

Focus your attention on your breathing and then allow your breath to guide itself, as if you were putting it on auto-pilot.

With every breath you draw in, feel the positive energy fill your lungs and the rest of your body. And with every breath you exhale, experience the negative energy leaving your body and flowing outside of you.

When you are totally relaxed, select an image that signifies peace, relaxation, or love for you. Walk around this image in your mind’s eye and experience it from every angle – what is looks like, smells like, feels like, and tastes like (if appropriate).

Take enjoyment out of what you are seeing in your mind’s eye and pay attention to how this image makes you feel.

Continue to visualize this image for as long as you want, and then when you are ready, slowly open your eyes and readjust yourself to your surroundings.

There are many more meditation techniques that you can try, but these three are good starting points for beginners. Try them out today!

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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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