The first step in meditation is understanding what meditation truly is. Meditation is a state of thoughtless, awareness. Meditation is bringing the mind to a point of deep peace, filled with calmness and silence, while being completely alert. Meditation allows for a higher level of consciousness.
Starting a meditation practice:
Find a safe and comfortable place where there will be no interruptions.
Set a light alarm or notification to go off. (start with 5 minutes and slowly progress to 10-15 minutes daily).
Sit or lay in a position that can be easily held for a while and relax.
Slowly bring awareness to the flow of the breath and how the body feels without focusing on any one part of the body.
As thoughts occur mindfully cast them out and bring focus back to the breath and awareness of how the body feels.
When the alarm sounds slowly bring movement back to the body and thought back to the mind.
It may be difficult to maintain this state for more than a few minutes to start but be patient. As the meditation practice progresses the act of meditating will become easier.
Benefits of meditation:
Increases focus, mindfulness, and control
promotes optimism, acceptance, and self-esteem
Boosts immunity and energy levels
Improved mood and emotional intelligence
Lessens loneliness and depression
Reduces stress, worry, and fear
Better decision making and creative thinking
Reduces inflammation and assists with pain management