A Meditation for Beginners

For a long time, the only thing I knew about meditation was what I learned at Hindu camp as a kid. I learned from a really old, really out-of-touch yogi that you had to wake up SUPER early, sit quietly for an hour with a mala bead in hand, and repeat OM for each bead until all your thoughts disappeared into nothingness.

In hindsight, that was a ridiculous way to introduce meditation to anyone, let alone a group of young kids.

So when I started practicing yoga and realized that meditation could provide me with a ton of benefits, I decided to investigate. I enrolled in a 10-day silent meditation course.

I don't recommend this course to everyone. I mean, when a co-worker had told me about these Vipassana courses a few years before I went, I thought she was crazy! Why would anyone wake up at 4am and sit in silence for 10 days??? Sounds insane right?

But when the time was right, I became really drawn to this course and I'm really glad I went (I even ended up going again). Part of the reason I loved this course was that they let us know that it's okay to break all the "meditation rules." That you don't have to sit still. That you don't have sit up even. That there's no right or wrong way to meditate. There are techniques to get better and improve, but when you're starting out, there are no hard and fast rules.

Any bit of meditation in any way is still meditation. It will still improve your mind and your life. You don't have to be practicing at master level to benefit.

So with that idea in mind, I've recorded a short meditation for all of you. It's a 5 minutes, breath-centered meditation practice.

You can do this meditation anytime, any place, with eyes opened or close, laying, seated or in any other shape. If you mess up (and you probably will in the beginning), just hit pause and try again.

I do this meditation myself, with my husband and with all my students. And so far, even the biggest skeptics have been able to do it. So even if you think you can't meditate, give this a go and let me know how you do!

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