You may have heard that practicing regular meditation is good for you. Meditation can reduce stress, promote relaxation, lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation and improve your overall sense of well-being, among other benefits. However, starting a regular meditation practice can feel overwhelming. Here are several tips for beginners that will make it easier to incorporate meditation into your life.
First, let’s explore what the word “meditation” entails. Meditation is actually an umbrella term that encompasses several techniques used to train the mind. “In Buddhist tradition, the word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word like ‘sports’ in the U.S. It’s a family of activity, not a single thing,” University of Wisconsin neuroscience lab director Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., said in an interview with The New York Times.
Some of the most popular meditation techniques include:
Three Tips to Make Meditating Easier
Trying to meditate for an hour every day when you are just starting out can seem daunting and may discourage you from practicing meditation on a regular basis. To make meditating easier, try these three tips:
One final tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Start by asking your yoga instructor for tips. He or she can provide helpful information about meditation or can recommend someone who can.
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