Meditation is good for you, but how to get started at home? That’s a question way more common than you might think. You are probably reading this because you’ve heard or read about how meditation is good for you, and want to get started with meditating at home. Especially with the Coronavirus situation (what with the lockdown rules and social distancing), joining a meditation class is challenging even if you wanted to.
But that’s not all. Many of you want to meditate at home because of other reasons – be it convenience (at home you can meditate in comfort, whenever you want, however you want), or maybe because you are not keen on splurging on paid classes (we understand, especially now that times are a bit challenging, so it is perfectly ok to want to save money).
Or, maybe you have another reason for wanting to meditate at home. Whatever your reason, meditating at home is a good practice to adopt. There is absolutely no reason why you have to join a class or something for you to start meditating – it is perfectly possible to do that at home. And this guide will help guide you to do just that. So if you have been wondering about how you can meditate at home, read on to find out more.
Types of meditation
Before you get started with practicing meditation at home, it will useful for you to decide on the type of meditation you want to practice. There are mainly 3 types of meditation. We created a whole guide on the topic, so you can learn more about them here.
Once you have learned about the main types of meditation and decided on which one you want to try first, the next steps will become pretty simple.
On that note, if you are new to meditation, some clarification on what it is can help. Check out this guide to learn more about what is meditation (and what it is not).
How to meditate at home
So how do you meditate at home?
The process is actually quite straightforward – there are just 3 basic steps:
- Find a quiet space and get into a relaxing position
- Decide on what type of meditation you want to practice
Depending on the type of meditation you choose to practice, your meditation process will vary a bit. But generally, the overall process will be the same for all types.
Mindfulness meditation at home
Here is a demonstration of how you can get started meditating at home:
Say you chose to go with mindfulness meditation. Then the process for you will look something like this:
- Find a quiet space and settle yourself into a relaxed position
- Focus on your breathing, and just note whatever is going through your mind. Observe and let it pass.
- If you want to make it easier (especially if you are fairly new to meditation), you can follow along with a guided meditation practice, like this one.
By the way, if you like mindfulness-based meditation, mindfulness kindness meditation can be useful for you to know about. Mindfulness is a great practice in and of itself, because of the many benefits it has. You can learn more about the benefits of mindfulness in this guide.
Meditate at home, get started!
Meditation has lots of benefits (and not just because of the way it can help you reduce stress and anxiety), so practicing it is a great idea. It might initially feel a little alien to you if you are a beginner, maybe even a bit challenging, but that’s fine. People have been practicing meditation for more than 3,000 years, and many have undoubtedly experienced the same challenges, so you are not alone.
It is, in fact, usual for most first time meditators to find it challenging to sit in silence. It can be a struggle to sit with your thoughts and feelings, to sit, and do not do anything. That whole goal of sitting there and doing nothing can be a struggle, as your mind might be all over the place. That said, the challenges are not something you cannot deal with and overcome.
You are not the first person to struggle with meditation in the beginning, and you will not be the last. As long as you keep practicing, you will get better.
Especially now, when most of the world is staying at home, spending your time adopting a meditation practice is a great way to use your time and energy. The benefits of it will not only help your health and wellbeing, but they will also help you better deal with the challenges of the current situation. Yes the world is going through a challenging phase right now, and things might not be quite what you are used to, but that is ok.
Change takes time to adjust to, and learning how to meditate will help you deal with them, and cope with them, better.
So now you know how to meditate at home, get started. Don’t worry about spending an hour a day in the beginning. Even a little, done regularly, will go a long way.
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