A lot of times when people talk about wanting to learn meditation, they have no idea where to start or how. Thankfully meditation is incredibly easy to start and adopt into your daily routine.
Here are three steps to get you started, based on my own personal experience practicing meditation:
Breathe: the most important thing about meditation is focusing on your breathing. Breathe in through your nose enough to fill your lungs, hold your breathe steady, and then breathe out through your mouth until you have no air left and then repeat. Focused breathing is the quickest way to center yourself and to get yourself ready to meditate.
Observe: meditating does not have to be about sitting still and keeping your eyes closed, though for many people that’s the technique that works best. Observing means you are paying attention to what you can hear, feel, taste, smell, and see. Sound familiar? Tuning into your five senses helps you tune into your body and your surroundings. It’s incredibly calming to mentally list what you sense around you. This is also a well-known coping technique for anxiety.
Affirmations: repeat a positive affirmation in your head for the length of time you are meditating, or as long as you can. When I first started meditating, it was recommended to me that I use “Today will be a good day” to start. It’s simple, easy to remember, positive, and gives you something to focus on. You can amend it however you like, and you should, because the key is that it be personal and meaningful to you.
Everyone is different and it may take a few tries of practice to figure out what works best for you based on your own experiences. I promise you, the results will be so worth it.