Meditation can help all sorts of people battle stress and anxiety. I can also help induce a greater sense of well-being and relaxation. Meditation is a technique used to quiet and settle the mind, to get more in tune with the body as a whole, without the mind chattering about. There are different styles to meditation but overall are very similar in purpose; to help the person engaged in it. Meditation for beginners can be frustrating at first, through practice and patience meditation can benefit greatly, especially if they eventually integrated the practice in their lives as a daily routine
An important element to starting meditation is to find a regular place and time to begin the practice of meditation. This should be a place where you are not disturbed or have a small likelihood of being interfered with. It is hard enough to settle the mind in peace, and even harder with interruptions. People often choose to meditate in the early morning, before their day starts. That is also a time where the mind is fresh, and without as much chattering as it takes on later throughout the day.
When you find the place and time that will work out for your new mediation practice- start out by setting the scene. Place serene objects that are meaningful to you and make you feel more comfortable. For many this can be religious items, candles, incense, soft pillows or for the minimalists out there, absolutely nothing at all. Using a music soundtrack of nature sounds, bells or serene ambient noise can help create a better, more personal meditation spot. Using one burning candle in front of you is a very helpful focal point to use during meditation.There is truly no right or wrong way to mediate when you are starting out- the right way is to simply do it, and over time with the newly acquired ability you can adjust your methods.
Some people find mediation with a partner beneficial. In this way it can help keep you on track with your mediation goals because you will be accountable to another person. Ideally in time however, you will be able to be accountable to yourself and have the skill of meditation with you, wherever you go- and do not need to be around others to meditate.
To battle stress and other thoughts of the mind that pop up in meditation, deep breathing is a helpful tool. Also, if a particular physical position is uncomfortable to you, like sitting cross-legged, try using pillows beneath you or try to meditate in a different position altogether, such as lying down or sitting in a chair. The important part is that you are actually meditating, not nessarily the way your body is positioned while you do it.
Meditation for beginners can be a challenge. Feelings of being overwhelmed, or the frustration that you cannot seem to quiet the mind for more than 4 seconds is just part of the process. Like anything, with practice and patience there is no stopping you. All people have the ability to meditate and benefit from its effects in calming the mind and bringing more awareness and relaxation to oneself. Many people around the world, from all backgrounds and beliefs can attest to their experience of how meditation helped improve their life for the better.