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Simple Steps to Get Started with Meditation

Dana Bear, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

June 12th, 2023

Mindful Mondays

Simple Steps to Get Started with Meditation

Meditation is simpler (and harder) than most people think. It's not about wearing fancy robes or sitting in pretzel-like positions for hours on end. In fact, it's something anyone can do, anywhere, and it doesn't require any special equipment. All you need is a few minutes of your day and a willingness to give it a try. Read these steps, find a comfortable space where you can relax into the process, set a timer, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and inner peace through meditation.

• Take a seat: Find a calm and quiet place to sit.

• Set a time limit: Start with a short duration, like five or 10 minutes.

• Notice your body: Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor or find a comfortable position.

• Feel your breath: Pay attention to the sensation of your breath going in and out.

• Notice when your mind has wandered: Your attention will drift away, but bring it back to the breath.

• Be kind to your wandering mind: Don't judge yourself or obsess over your thoughts. Just return to the breath.

• Close with kindness: When you're ready, gently lift your gaze and observe the environment, your body, thoughts, and emotions.

That's it! These simple steps form the practice of meditation. You focus on your breath, your mind wanders, and you kindly bring it back, repeating this process as needed. Remember, meditation doesn't have to be complicated. It may be challenging, but it's also powerful and worth the effort. Make it a daily habit, even if you start with just a few minutes each day.

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