Zen Meditation For Beginners!
New to the idea of mediation? Interested in learning how it is done? Confused as to where or when to get started? Sit back and relax! I have wrote this article to serve as a straight forward guide into Zen Meditation For Beginners and newbies.
I do not want you to get worked up over anything here. You can do this, so lose the doubt. I am going to break this down for you in a no non-sense kind of way. Creating an easy to understand blue print for to follow along with.
Do not get yourself to hung up on the word meditation, or the concept behind it. At it’s core it just means to simply relax and find some peace for our selves.
We have all heard that you need one hour or more to meditate, and years to practice meditation. However I am going to shatter that myth for you right here. Further more if you chose to follow through I will have you meditating by the end of this article!
What You Need To Begin Your Journey
So it is obvious that you want to get into Zen meditation. Well there is a small list of things that you will need to get started. However don’t worry I think you have got this covered.
First of all you do need a little free time. Second you do need the willingness to try it. Lastly, you will need a quiet place where you can concentrate without distractions.
That is it folks! That is all you really need to get yourself started. You don’t need some special toga, yoga mat, or book of mantras. In addition to that, there is also no need for you to sit in some uncomfortable position.
Seriously, here’s what you really need to get started in meditation:
- 5 to 15 minutes of time to yourself
- The willingness to give it a try.
- Somewhere quiet so you can concentrate.
So as long as you’ve got a few of minutes of free time and you’re still breathing, you’ve got everything you need to start meditating today.
The Approach To Zen Meditation For Beginners
Keep in mind that this is about relaxing. So don’t worry about being perfect, you are just getting started. Also remember to just keep it simple, there is no Right or Wrong. There is only Do or Do Not, and that choice is all yours.
Here is an exercise that I want you to try. This will allow you to practice meditation for yourself. Then you will realize just how easy it can be!
Give This Exercise A Try
First find a quiet and comfortable place to begin. Somewhere with no noise or distractions to impair your focus.
Now find a comfortable position to sit in. I myself chose the lotus position to sit in. However that may be uncomfortable for some. Just find a comfortable spot for yourself. It could be your recliner, office chair, or in your car, it doesn’t matter.
The third thing for you to do is begin to breath deeply. Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Don’t force it, just breath normally while focusing your attention on each breath.
Next you will count each breath. Count one for an inhale. Then count two for an exhale Three for the next inhale. finishing with four on the next exhale. At this point go back to one and repeat the process.
If your mind begins to wander, no big deal. Simply refocus on your breathing and begin your count again. It is natural for your mind to race, especially in the beginning. Simply let those thoughts pass through your mind as easily as they came into it, and return to your breath count.
That Is All There Is To It
Meditation is as simple as that. Now you can focus on anything you wish. I just used breathing for this exercise. You could just as easily focus on the light switch on the wall. All you need is to focus your thoughts and relax, be in the moment
It doesn’t matter where you are or what you focus on. Because it is the focusing that’s important with this kind of meditation. There are many opinions on how to meditate out there. However I believe that this is the best way to meditate for beginners, just keep it simple!
Take Time To Smell The Rose’s
Meditation is all about slowing the mind and being in the moment. We live in a world that is always pulling at our attention and focus. Thus making it easy for our brains to become overloaded with distractions.
These distractions make it hard to give your attention to any one thing in particular, as well as making it hard to take stock of what’s going on in your present.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind in regards to meditation. First, realize that meditation is just another way to give your brain a break. It is a great way to take a time out from everything going on. It is a chance to reset, and who could not use that!
The second thing to keep in mind is that it is natural for you mind to wander as you turn off the outside world. Unless you are a Zen Monk or something close, it is impossible to clear your mind. So when your thoughts and feelings begin to surface, just simply let them pass, and return to your original focus.
Remember What It Is All About
Also I want you to remember that it is not about how you feel while you are meditating that is our goal. But rather how you feel when you have completed your mediation session that matters most.
Most of those that meditate regularly will tell you they feel more centered, more balanced, and experience a higher level of clarity regarding their lives. They’re able to focus more precisely, resulting in a higher productivity level.
They will also admit to being happier and more at ease in their life, due to the ability to relax and put things into prospective for themselves.
Your All Set To Get Started Today
So there you go, as I said at the start. You now have all you need to begin practicing meditation today. As you progress along in your journey you will become better at mediation. You will also be able to explore other variations of meditation and the ways you can practice it.
However for the moment it is important that you remember that you are just getting started. What really counts right now is that you commit to yourself and stay motivated.
I am not saying that you will not want to pursue more in depth variations of meditation. The level of discipline you achieve is completely up to you.
What I am saying is that you do not need any super special training. Nor do you need the desire to go all “monk” with meditation to enjoy the many benefits that it has to offer you.
Try it yourself for a couple of weeks to see the difference it can make to your daily life. Remember to keep things simple, I can’t stress that enough. You are doing this for you and for no other.
Also do not worry about your pace. This is not a race but a life long journey, so enjoy it!
Should You Find Yourself Struggling
If it turns out that you find it difficult to meditate for any reason, just don’t give up. For some people it just takes a little more practice than for others.
If you continue to struggle with meditation there are many programs available that may help. However be leery of anything promising you amazing results over night.
While it is highly possible that you will notice immediate results, even by following my simple exercise above. The path to meditation is one of patience and time. The longer you practice it the more beneficial you will find it to be.
Move Beyond Your Struggles
I do have one recommendation for anyone struggling with meditation. I have found that the Zen 12 Program is a great way for many people to enter into meditation. It is a guided meditation program that works well for beginners and intermediates alike.
The Zen 12 program is simple to use and in my opinion, very effective. It uses brainwave entrainment to aid your brain in reaching a relaxed and meditative state. Thus allowing you to ease into your next mediation session.
Check out my full Review of the Zen 12 program to receive more information. Along with tons of info you will also find two Free Zen 12 meditation sessions for you to try out.
However you can also sign up to receive a Free MP3 download offered by Zen 12, just follow this link to claim your FREE brainwave audio. This is a great chance for you to experience Zen 12 for yourself.
Some Closing Thoughts To Leave You With
Well that brings us to the end of our look into Zen meditation for beginners. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment. Please fell free to do so in the comments area located just below. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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