Meditating is easier than it looks, but this mindful practice takes a conscious effort. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, there are plenty of reasons to commit, including reducing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing blood pressure. For those who don’t know how to get started in the practice, take a look at the suggestions below.
The first step is to commit to a regular practice—a few times a week, if possible. Be clear about the time you will carve out and where you will sit, relatively undisturbed. A popular time to meditate is first thing in the morning. Though, it’s okay to find a time that suits your schedule.
You can meditate inside or outside and can sit on the floor, a cushion, bench, chair, or anything else that works for you. Beginners often find it’s easier to use an upright chair, sitting towards the front with their back straight, neck relaxed, chin slightly tucked in. Rest your hands loosely on your lap or knees.
Be with Yourself.
The length of time that you choose to meditate depends on your preferences, circumstances, time available, and so forth. The important thing is that frequency trumps duration. When first starting, it’s recommended that you begin with a ten-minute session. You can increase or decrease time at your leisure.
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