Meditation for Beginners | Woodhouse Day Spas - North Bethesda, MD

Meditation for Beginners

| by Caitlin Plummer, under Wellness

Meditation is an activity that is available and beneficial to everyone. It reduces stress, increases calmness and clarity, promotes happiness and improves overall health. Learning how to meditate is quite simple, and the benefits can be life-changing. While we are practicing social distancing, now is a great time to start learning this new skill, which - if you stick too - can benefit you for years to come.

Below, we offer tips to get you started on a path towards greater clarity, calmness, and joy. Along with some resources so you can start practicing today — Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax.

The Basics
Make sure to set aside time dedicated to your meditation practice - Even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference. Having a set time will help you form a routine and prevent interruptions during your practice.

Create a comfortable environment, make sure that you won’t be too cold, too hot or become distracted by being uncomfortable during your practice. Often people find the most comfortable position is to be seated cross-legged or lying on the floor.

When the Mind Wanders
It’s inevitable that during your meditation, the mind will wander. You may notice other sensations in the body, things happening or noises around you, or just get lost daydreaming about the past or present. When this happens, simply notice what it is you were thinking about or what it was that was distracting you, then take a moment and pause.
The most important part of practicing meditation is the ‘coming back’ after your thoughts wander. Each time your mind wanders you need to ‘come back’ into focus and by doing this your practice will become deeper and easier.

Meditation Practices
Although meditating on your own is an essential part of a complete practice, guidance can be invaluable during the early stages of meditation. Our minds wander so easily, and clear guidance and instructions can help bring us back to focus on the present moment. Guided meditations are available online and can be very helpful when starting out. Below we have included some links to short, guided meditations that will assist you in your journey to enlightenment. We suggest starting at one-minute and work your way up to the longer sessions. You can save these tracks and listen to them when you’re ready to meditate.

Body Scan

Body scans can be very helpful for training your attention during meditation. The body scan involves systematically focusing on different sensations on areas throughout the body, working your way from head to toe.

By practicing meditation and mindfulness each day you can form a healthy habit that can be performed anywhere. During times of uncertainty, particularly what we are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak it’s important that you practice activities that promote personal self-care, physical and mental wellness.

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