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How to Meditate

In a world full of stress, pressure, and chaos, finding ways to stay calm and relaxed is more important than ever. Though, with all of this going on around us, the task isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it takes more than just a quiet space to have us feeling completely at ease. This is where meditation and its myriad of benefits comes to the rescue. Let's take a deep inhale and get to the good stuff!

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Meditation has been practiced for centuries, primarily stemming from the Buddhist and Hindu religions. Originally used to reconnect with one’s true self and reach enlightenment, or inner peace, meditation today is practiced for various other reasons. Be it for mindfulness or concentration, this calming practice is useful for anybody looking to find an escape.

Baby Steps

However, meditation isn’t just as simple as sitting down and taking a few deep breaths. In fact, meditation takes extreme mental power to be able to sit and actually concentrate on nothing. Through small steps and determination, you, too, can find your own little escape right inside your mind.

Finding Your Ideal Environment

The first step to properly meditating is finding an ideal environment. Mediation requires the utmost focus, so you have to place yourself somewhere where you won’t be interrupted or distracted by outside noise. Many suggest meditating outdoors, as your brain can relax and focus on the noises of nature, rather than the noises in your head.

Inside or outside, you must practice your craft somewhere quiet. Don’t try doing this technique in places where noises are a common occurrence, or where people visit often. Once you’ve found your peaceful place, make sure you’re comfortable. You can meditate laying down or sitting up, but doing so on a comfy cushion or soft blanket is recommended to make your experience that much better.

Focus on Your Breathing

The first step to properly meditating is finding an ideal environment. Mediation requires the utmost focus, so you have to place yourself somewhere where you won’t be interrupted or distracted by outside noise. Many suggest meditating outdoors, as your brain can relax and focus on the noises of nature, rather than the noises in your head.

When we spend our time focusing purely on our breathing, rather than what is in our heads or what’s going on around us, achieving peace is a whole lot easier. The hardest part about meditation comes with trying to clear your brain enough to relax. We are often plagued by racing thoughts that only make our anxieties or our stresses worse, and learning to slow or stop these thoughts takes practice and technique--like through meditation.

You also have to make sure you’re breathing naturally. Nothing should feel forced; rather, your deep breathing is intended to feel instinctual, so just let your body do its thing.

Starting Slow

Though the idea of focusing on your breathing sounds simple, your mind can wander quicker than you realize. When first beginning to practice meditation, you should start slow and don’t be too hard on yourself if you find it a bit difficult. For some, meditation takes years to perfect, so starting with a two or three-minute session is a great first step. After you’re able to clear your mind and focus solely on your breathing for just a few minutes, you can begin practicing doing it for longer.

In general, you have to try your best to not get caught up in how well you’re meditating-- there is no right or wrong. Instead, you must focus on how well you’re feeling. If it is calming you down, you’re doing it perfectly. The more distracted you get trying to meditate the way you think you’re supposed to, the less you’ll be able to actually concentrate and relax your senses. Meditation is all about tranquility, so try to let your body do the work.

Inhale the Goodness

The benefits of meditation are truly incredible. From lowering stress levels to better managing your anxiety, focusing on your breathing can allow you to live your best life possible. It’s crucial to remember that meditation is far more than just sitting and doing deep breaths, however. It’s been a spiritual, religious practice for thousands of years, and approaching the technique with respect is the best way to have an ideal experience. Make sure to do some research about the practice to help understand exactly why it is something that has been cherished for so long. Give meditation your full attention and appreciation, and it will do the same thing right back.

Just remember to be kind to yourself and don’t get too frustrated over the fact that you’re not a meditation master in practice. It’s going to take time and it’s going to take practice, so it’s important to be calm, be patient, and listen to whatever your body has to say.

a piece by Mell Green

Mell Green is a writer who advocates for plant life and alternative medicine. You can find much of her work in Plant People, Terpenes and Testing Magazine, the Weed Blog, and many others. Check out her latest article here!

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