5 Tips For Meditation – Beginner’s Guide

Meditating is key to connecting spiritually. It can help you connect to your spirit guides, manifest wealth and change your inner voice for the better.

But how do we actually start meditating?!

I’ve come up with the best 5 tips to help all you newbies! You can also watch my video for more in depth tips:

1. Focus on a Candle Flame

The goal during meditation is to become enveloped in your inner mind and to reach a higher state of consciousness. To do this, you must eliminate external distractions and irrelevant thoughts.

It’s easier said than done!

When I first began meditating, I found it extremely difficult to focus on one point. Even though my eyes were closed, my eyeballs would flicker under the lid and just as I was starting to relax… My eyes would start to open!

Then I stumbled across Aaron Doughty’s YoutTube channel and he told his viewers he used to stare at a candle flame as he has ADHD and finds it difficult to concentrate.

I thought I would try it out and BOOM! It worked! One time, I didn’t have a candle with me so I searched YouTube for flickering candle flame and it worked just the same!

This has got to be one of my favorite tips to start meditating deeply.

 

2. Find a quiet time & place with NO distractions

Now, I currently live with 6 other people, 2 dogs, 3 cats and 1 hamster so finding a time and place in my home to meditate was proving to be quite difficult.

I tried at different points of the day to meditate at home but I was always interrupted by a dog bark or someone running up and downstairs or using the toilet. As we’ve established – It takes a lot for me to concentrate! It just wasn’t working out.

I tried during my work hours to meditate in the car in between appointments, but as I work/live in the city, there was constant noise from cars and pedestrians so that didn’t work out too well.

I’ve now found that the perfect time for me to meditate is at home at around 6:30am, when everyone else is still asleep and during the evening just before bed – when everyone else has fallen asleep.

This may be different for you depend on your living and work arrangements but the point is, you will discover the best time for you with trial and error.

Make time for your meditation!

 

3. Acknowledge your body behavior

I found this to be very comforting and relaxing when I first started and I still use this technique now.

As you start to meditate, acknowledge how your breath fills your lungs and travels through your body. It fills ups your diaphragm and then sinks as you exhale, releasing the left over air which isn’t required. Inhale again, taking in the fresh air which circulates throughout your shoulders, back, arms, legs, feet…

I promise you, it will make you feel so much more at ease and you’ll feel your muscles starting to un-tense.

 

4. Don’t resist your thoughts

Although the aim of meditation is to clear your mind – don’t try to resist your thoughts.

Allow your thoughts to enter HOWEVER instead of dwelling on them, do the following:

> Review the thought – is it meaningful? It is a reflection of your higher self or is it a reflection of your 3D dimensional position?

> Accept the thought

> Place this thought in a box in your mind and put it aside

> Continue this method with every thought that enters your mind

You can use this technique throughout your daily life too.

Remember, your thoughts are NOT YOU. They are just constructs of your imagination influenced by society standards.

 

5. Understand the principles of meditation

In order for you to reap the benefits of meditation, you must first understand the principles:

Body – Soul connection – your mind and body are intertwined and have a coexisting relationship. Therefore, one impacts the other. As you are relaxing your body and releasing tension, your mind will also begin to relax. Take advantage of this and explore your mind whilst you are clear of distractions.

Breath – Emotion connection – concentrate on your breathing whilst meditating as your breathing controls your emotions. Think about when you are anxious or worried; your breath becomes short and shallow. Being able to control your breathing and feel the oxygen circulating your body is going to allow your emotions to reach a neutral / positive state.

If you have any great tips on meditation for beginners, feel free to pop them in the comment section so everyone can see!

 

6 Comments on “5 Tips For Meditation – Beginner’s Guide”

  1. This post is really emotionally educating. I have tried on countless occasions to really know how to meditate just to get me going but I have really failed because I get distracted so easily. But I am going to take cognizance on that number 1 and number 3 to really help me out in mastering it. These tips are really helpful

  2. I am also one of those that finds it really difficult to meditate because of the distractions and because it is just difficult for me to stay in one particular place. I have tried meditating in the past but wasn’t able to do so. I am willing to give it another go and I am really going to try that candle flame method as I have not done that before.

    It seems like something that would be really effective. Also finding a quiet time and place to meditate would definitely be different for a lot of people as for me it would be around 11pm and also very early in the morning around 3:30am. Those I the times I feel I might be able to pull this off.

  3. Meditation – the cornerstone to inner peace. Your blog is well written and informative, I like your guidance to those who are really struggling with sitting and meditating. Something I used to tell others, when they said “I can’t meditate” was “do you garden? While you are gardening are you totally focused? Yes? Then you are meditating.” Meditation is the art of focusing within, going to that still place inside. I like your idea of a box for stray thoughts, it’s a good one and one I might use when I start facilitating meditation again. Do you find it easier to just let the thoughts float past? Or, do you prefer to notice them and then box them? I used to fight my thoughts then I started to simply let them float by, not really even thinking them, it helped a lot. Just a note, on the formatting side, your heading on point 5 is in a different size font to the others :)Please keep sharing your wonderful ideas, helping others to find the peace within is a big gift to the world.Lee-Anne

  4. Thanks for writing this article is so full of informative and educative tips on meditation. I find it so helpful and am sure many will find it helpful too

    before now I don’t know the difference between meditation and thinking. But reading this article I discover there are specific time to meditate and not anytime in order to be focus.i will continue to follow this 5tips and I will like to read more tips from you if there is else 

  5. Dear Beth,

    Thanks a lot for the Great inspiring post! This has to be motivating, not only for me but also for many others.

    To be honest, I always wanted meditate and its on my list for nearly 8+ years lol. Since I am from India you might be aware meditation is very famous here and we all know its importance and benefits but still I was struggling to start it.

    This guide is super helpful and your post means a lot to me. The method and step by step instruction you have provided is very helpful, easy and doable. For sure I am going to try it by today itself.

    Great information, you have really given a lot of value here for beginners like me.

    Much Success!

    Paul

  6. Thanks for this post. I really enjoy your point of view, and I find the tips helpful. Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. The 5 tips are great, of which I had being using some of them before and producing result. But nowadays I hardly find a quiet time & place with distractions, but am working on it. Through mindfulness meditation, I can see how my thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, I had become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. It is all a whole pleasant and helpful experience.

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