Beginning Meditation

There are many meditation techniques, in this post I will be focusing on a quick and easy method that works well for beginners.

Breath Counting

One of the most simple and easy forms of meditation, breath counting, is a great way to reduce stress and tension. The object of this meditation is to focus on the rhythm of our breathing. To do this, we count each breath in and each breath out. This is where many feel they are "doing it wrong" or that they are "not good at it". Remember, this is the beginning and no one is a pro when they start. When your mind wanders, and it will, simply return to your breathing and start counting again. This is a great meditation to do anywhere when you have even just one minute to yourself. With time your focus will improve and you can replace counting your breaths with the words, "in", "out" and eventually you can begin repeating affirmations such as "relax" or "peace".

As you become ready to "return" from your meditation, slowly bring your thoughts back to your body and the sounds around you. If you had your eyes closed, move your muscles a little, rub your hands together and cup them over your eyes for a few seconds, then open your eyes.

Well done! You've completed your first meditation. With regular practice you will be able to achieve deeper states of relaxation.