If you are interested in the best meditation for beginners, then you probably want to know ‘How to Meditate’.
But I first need to tell you that there are many different ways to meditate.
But don’t worry, it’s all very simple and will be clear by the end of this page.
I will give brief explanations about the different meditation techniques, with free meditations you can try, and links to more specific information.
To get yourself on the right track, you need to start by clarifying, “Why do you want to meditate?”
The most common answers for meditation beginners are;
- I want to relax
- I want to beat the negative effects of stress
- I want to find peace in my mind – because it’s really busy in there!
Now if you fit into one of those categories, there is little point trying to sit motionless for hours, without conscious thought, in search of the doors to Nirvana and eternal enlightenment.
You don’t need to tie-dye all your clothes, buy a Kombi van and eat mung-beans!
I imaging your life is already pretty busy, with pressure from the responsibilities of work and family, and you are looking for a simple way, in which you can introduce meditation into your life, to see what benefits meditation can do for you.
I’m a big fan of beginners joining a regular meditation class. It’s a great way to join like-minded individuals in a safe and supportive environment. Look in local newspapers, notice boards, or walk into a hippy crystal shop and ask.
The best thing for meditation beginners is that by joining a weekly class you are making a commitment to yourself, in an environment in which you can grow.
With a good instructor, you will be introduced to meditation theory and practice at a pace to suit your abilities. If you have a question – you can ask. And if you have never meditated in a group, you mightn’t quite understand, but there really is a wonderful ‘group energy’ that consumes you, and supports you to float blissfully on a cloud of peace.
But if your life is already busy, busy, busy, and adding another event to your already hectic social schedule would make your week more stressed – not less, then it is not the meditation solution for you.
There is no point rushing across town to your meditation class, squeezing in as much relaxation as humanly possible into shortest possible time, and then rushing home to continue with your chaos filled existence.
Meditation should not become another chore – and you shouldn’t have to beat yourself up over missing a class, or not having the time or money to go to a retreat.
And for these reasons, the next meditation technique I would like to suggest is Guided Meditation.
Guided Meditation for Beginners
Guided meditation is the best meditation for beginners as you just need to follow the instructions! The guide talks you through every step of the journey.
You can play a guided meditation from your computer, CD player, MP3 player, iPod or phone.
There are many free guided meditations you can listen to on Explore Meditation, but to download them to your computer you will need to subscribe to the newsletter or buy a meditation package.
Guided Meditations usually start with an introduction explaining what the meditation is about, before giving you some time to make yourself comfortable. The guide usually draws your attention to your breath, systematically relaxes the muscles of your body – and then when you are in this relaxed state, takes you on a journey in your imagination.
“Imagine you are walking along a rainforest path… The sunlight is flickering through the leaves… The birds are singing praise to the blue sky above…”
Listening to a short guided meditation gives you an amazing escape from your day.
You return with a mindset that gives you greater perspective on any problems or concerns you are facing. You feel refreshed and revitalized…
Start your journey here with one of Brad Austens’ Free Guided Meditations.
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The benefits of meditation are many – and the bonus with Guided Meditation is that you can use them at any time you feel the need or have the desire. It gives you the ability to fit regular meditation practice into your busy schedule without it being a burden.
Advanced Guided Meditations
As you gain confidence you can move beyond the “breathe and relax” style meditations into more advanced titles, such as; creating White Light Protection or Meeting your Spirit Guide.
Advanced meditations are a natural and easy progression if you have experienced and enjoyed beginner meditations.
Indian Yogis and Tibetan Buddhists can spend a lifetime training to sit in silence…
But for the rest of us who have to schedule relaxation into our busy lives, Guided Meditation is the Best Meditation for Beginners, and is a great introduction to the many benefits that meditation provides.
- Reduced stress
- Clarity of mind
- Connection to your true-self
Other Meditation Techniques
Guided meditation is just one technique at your disposal. If you enjoy it, you can then broaden your horizons by exploring the variety of Traditional Meditation Techniques available for you to practice.
These different techniques have arisen in different parts of the world throughout history, but most have similar goals in mind…
To become more relaxed – and to become more aware.
To learn more about Buddhist Meditation, Zen Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Taoist Meditation, Vipassana Meditation, and the relatively recent addition (1970’s) taking advantage of developing technology Binaural Beats, please click Meditation Techniques.