How to start meditating and why?

Meditation is an age-old practice for developing a peaceful mind. Plenty of studies suggest many benefits of meditation on your mind, body and spirit. Meditation can help you stay focused, manage anxiety and depression, reduce stress and ease pain. If you are thinking ‘medicate or meditate’, give ‘meditate’ a try.

If you want to start meditating, no experience in practicing yoga or sitting in a cross-legged pose is necessary. Sitting in a chair works too. But you might want to start with a guided meditation in a group. When I first went to one such guided group meditation at my yoga studio someone asked the teacher how to meditate. And she said: ‘’you just come and sit’’. And that’s about it. It just takes time.

Two most important requirements for a meditation practice are the capacity to concentrate and to relax. There are different ways to meditate – you can use sound, imagery, gazing, breathing or physical sensations and you can do it while sitting, walking, standing or reclining.

If you can, the best would be to do it every day, at the same time, preferably in the morning after waking up or before going to bed. Do not try to do too much at the beginning. Try to find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and a pose that works best for you. Start with shorter meditations and slowly add more time to it.