One of the nicest things about meditation is that you don’t need much to start practicing it. All you need is yourself, a few minutes and something to sit on. Which could also be the floor, your bed or the sofa.
Now, of course, if you simply start by sitting down somewhere and think some sort of magic is going to happen, you’re probably aiming a bit too high. Meditation is about achieving a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. It is about letting your thoughts pass by without identifying with them or judging them.
What you practice during meditation can be different every time. It can be patience – especially when your meditation doesn’t go the way you want it to. And it could be love, generosity or compassion, to name a few other things. But it is important to realize that it all begins with you. You have to first find love, patience, forgiveness and acceptance for yourself before you can give it to others. And of course meditation could also be the practice of nothingness – simply being, breathing in and out.
It is all much simpler than you think, although truly understanding the simplicity of it is better observed with some form of guidance and explanation at first. There’s a growing amount of good quality apps for your phone or tablet available that can help you on your way.
A guided meditation session where you listen to a voice, can help you with the proper breathing techniques and teach you how to let thoughts float by, instead of trying to hold on to them. Some meditation techniques focus on sounds; some use your entire body – ‘scanning’ it down from your toes up to your crown.
You can meditate with your eyes open. Or closed. Whatever you prefer. You can do it sitting down, and once you’ve mastered the art of meditation and feel comfortable enough, you can even do it while you’re walking down the street or waiting for the bus.
You can start your meditation practice for just five minutes, in the morning before you start your day, or when you come home, after work for instance. All you need is a little ‘Me time’. And if it feels good you can increase the amount of time you wish to dedicate to meditation. It’s all up to you.
With Rituals’ meditation app, you can try three different kinds of meditations in sessions of 5, 10 and 15 minutes.
And the only, truly important thing, always, is the easiest to remember: Just breathe. And don’t worry.