A Beginners Guide To Meditation – Part One

beginners guide to meditation

If you think you are nodding yes, that’s good – welcome as that’s certainly a good way of starting out. But what about for how long you’ll stick with it? It’s a good question and I’m going to give you an answer below. So let’s get cracking…

Know The 5 Senses

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Firstly, there are 5 senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Each of these senses bring different kinds of sensations to your attention. For instance sight gives off sights, sounds brings sounds, taste buds provide tastes and smells. If you’re interested in the smell, that’s something like the ocean or rain forest – there are lots of smells. These different kinds of sensations are combined in jhana meditation to create a more full experience.

It’s a good idea to know exactly what each sensation is, because that can help in understanding the rest of what you’ll be doing in your meditation. For example, touch is a wonderful sensation, as I’ve said, and can help with meditation. However, although touch can be helpful, it’s not mindfulness or awareness that we are looking to achieve in meditation. We should be aware of our hands all the time, but this is mindfulness of one point: the sensations we are feeling.

Keep Your Eyes On The Present Moment

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Another point to make is that when you are meditating, it’s important to keep your eyes on the present moment, because this is where everything starts. For instance, when you are walking in the park, the people and plants around you are all just part of your experience in the present moment. It’s easy to get caught up in your own thoughts and imagination, to become lost in this world. With mindfulness meditation, however, the whole focus is on the present moment.

Learning How To Access Concentration

One way to create this state is by learning how to access concentration. Access concentration allows you to clear your mind of unnecessary sensations so that you can focus only on your breath, which is your meditation object. Breathing meditation for beginners, which is also known as jhana, consists of taking slow breaths that connect with your higher mind, which is composed of three marks:

Accessing mindfulness means being aware of the environment around you at all times. When you practice jhana, you let go of any thought of the past or future, since the present moment is always the first thought. You let go completely of any tension or stress that you may feel. This results in a relaxed body and a relaxed mind, so you can focus on your breathing and enjoy the peaceful sensations that accompany a deep meditation.

Final Words

It’s important not to let your mind wander, however, because you could easily do just that. Mind wandering can easily happen when you’re meditating. Just remain aware of every sensation as it passes by. When you become habituated to watching your breath, your mind can be distracted only when you allow it to. Focusing on sensations will ensure that your mind is always distracted no matter how concentrated you become. This beginner’s guide to meditation can help you become more comfortable with staying focused on your own experience.

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