Meditation and Yoga for Beginners

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Meditation tips for the beginners




Been hearing a lot about this meditation thing lately? Wanna find out more and start your
own practice? Or maybe you're just looking to expand and enrich the meditation practice
you already have? Whatever your goals are, if they involve meditation, you're in the right
place. Here you'll find a broad overview of what meditation is, why you should do it,
and some tips to help you get started or help you develop your practice. This lens is an
offshoot of http://www.leafspirit.com/ , where we strive to bring you all of the best
information and resources to help you develop and enrich your spirituality, so be sure
to check out the site for more great tips and other helpful information once you're done
here!
 

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What is Meditation?




Meditation, at its core, is quite simple. All that's required to meditate is to focus your
entire attention on one thing, whatever it may be, your breathing, a candle, walking,
even eating. But even though it's simple to explain what meditation is, putting it into
practice is a different story if you're just starting out. In today's world, we've got
so much coming at us from every angle, that our concentration is usually divided
among all the various sensory inputs that modern life forces on us. Meditation is
narrowing our focus from the many to the one, with the aim to achieve understanding
and peace. So, if you're new to the endeavor, you may find your first few weeks difficult,
but soon enough you'll find everything you do for the rest of your life easier and
more fulfilling, so stick with it!
 

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Why You Should Meditate
and what it does for you







There's a lot of buzz surrounding meditation these days, especially now that Western
medicine has finally pointed its microscope in the direction, with new studies coming out
all the time touting the benefits. Some people meditate just because it's the "in thing" to
do, others meditate as part of their spiritual or religious practice. There are many
reasons people meditate, and if you're here, you've probably got an idea of why you're
doing it, or why you want to do it. And if you don't, the very simple reason that you
should be is because there's a whole ton of benefits ranging from better mental health to
improved work productivity.

So what kind of benefits can you expect? Well, there's not enough room here to list
them all, but some of the benefits include: decreasing the negative effects of stress
and anxiety, lower cholesterol levels, increase in the brain's serotonin production,
reduced brain age, increased energy, and increased ability to concentrate. There are
hundreds, possibly thousands of more benefits, so do some research for yourself and
find out what meditation can do for you and whether you'd like to make it a part of
your life. All I can say is, you'll be glad you did
 

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First, get comfortable!

Where to Start


If you're just learning about meditation, or wondering how to begin your own meditation
practice, the amount of information out there can be overwhelming. It' seems like every
website you come across advises a different method of meditationg. So which one is right?
Well, the truth of the matter is that quite a lot of them are right, at least for whoever
is espousing them. The thing about meditation is that it's a very personal endeavour, and
there's no one right way to do it, although there are quite a few wrong ways. So your first
task is going to be to figure out which way is right for you. Basically what I'm trying
to say is that there really isn't one place to start that's better than another place.
The key thing is that you try out as many different ways as you can when you're just
beginning, and over time you'll come to find your own path to full control of your mind.
So don't stress about one particular method over another one, just try and keep the
below tips in mind when you're developing your practice.
 

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Tips for Beginners
and everyone else too!


Before you read these, you should check out Meditation Tips for Beginners | leafspirit.com
on the website. It's got a list of the best tips any beginner should be aware of to help
develop their meditation practice. And if those aren't enough for you, then read these:

Meditate as often as possible

Most people seem to think that you have to have a lot of time to set aside for meditation,
and that couldn't be further from the truth. You can meditate any time you can devote your
attention to just one thing. Knitting can be meditation if you focus solely on the knitting.
There's a particular kind of meditation called mindfulness meditation that you can practice
throughout your day and incorporate into everything you do.

Get rid of distractions

It's not going to do you any good to try and meditate if your cat is jumping on your lap
every 10 seconds. These hindrances to your concentration will kill your practice at first.
Eventually you can meditate in the middle of a monsoon with perfect focus, but at first
make sure you turn the TV off, send the kids out of the room and turn the phone off.

Prepare yourself first

Your brain is evolved to handle the tasks it's likely to be presented and it takes a little
time to switch modes. Give yourself some time, and do some exercises to calm your body
and mind before you begin. Here's a good article on relieving stress that you can follow
if you need to unwind before you meditate.


These are only a few simple tips, and hopefully you've read the article I linked for more
tips that will help your meditation practice grow and help you get more out of it.
Good luck!
 

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