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10 Tips to Help You Start a Meditation Practice

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 29, 2014
Meditation is a great tool to combat stress, deal with chronic illnesses, makes you sleep better, brings calmness and feel more alert. As a beginner, here is all that you need to know to get started.
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    Getting Started with Meditation

    A great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives. It is a great tool to combat stress, deal with chronic illnesses, makes you sleep better, brings calmness and feel more alert. As a beginner, here is all that you need to know to get started. (Image source:Getty)

    Getting Started with Meditation
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    Understand the Purpose

    You need to be clear in your mind about what purpose the meditation will serve you. Most people appreciate its effect on calming your mind. If you complicate your reason for meditating, which could be anything varying from relaxation to refusal to getting caught in everyday anxieties, you may not get what you are seeking. (Image source:Getty)

    Understand the Purpose
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    Get Started with Basic Technique

    Beginners must start with an easy, basic meditation program and simply focus on breathing. After you get better control over your breathing, you can move forward to advanced techniques of meditation. (Image source:Getty)

    Get Started with Basic Technique
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    Choose a Peaceful Place

    A quiet, restful spot assures you have some peace around while you practice meditation. A noisy meditating environment is not ideal, but ensuring quite can truly help you to cope with stressful or sensory overload situations. (Image source:Getty)

    Choose a Peaceful Place
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    Choose a Convenient Time

    Meditation is a relaxation practice; you need to do it at your convenience. Ideally, do it when you know you are not likely to get disturbed and are free to relax. The hours of sunrise and sunset are also ideal for the practice. (Image source:Getty)

    Choose a Convenient Time
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    Sit Comfortably

    A relaxed, comfortable and steady posture makes all the difference. Make sure you sit comfortably when meditating. Your spine has to be erect, shoulders relaxed and eyes closed. (Image source:Getty)

    Sit Comfortably
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    Pay Attention to Breath

    Meditation is all about gaining control over your lungs. From the start, pay attention to your breathing pattern. Notice how your breath streaming in and out. You don’t need to modulate it, just let it be natural. (Image source:Getty)

    Pay Attention to Breath
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    Meditate on an Empty Stomach

    You must always meditate before having a meal. After a meal, you might doze off while meditating. However, it is equally important to not force yourself to meditate when you are hungry. (Image source:Getty)

    Meditate on an Empty Stomach
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    Start with Warm-ups

    A meditation session should always start with warm-up. Two minutes of warm-up exercises before sitting to meditate improves blood circulation, removes inertia and restlessness to make the body feel lighter and ready. (Image source:Getty)

    Start with Warm-ups
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    Importance of Being Regular

    If you are thinking of taking up meditation, it is better to meditate 10 minutes daily than 1-hour meditation once a week. If you miss a day, just start again the next day. Just do the best you can and commit for the long haul. (Image source:Getty)

    Importance of Being Regular
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    Don’t Let Stress Get in the Way

    This may sound easy, but it is one of the difficult to execute. No matter what is happening around you, do not stress about it when you sit to meditate. Meditation is all about being relaxed; just try to do the best you can at the time. (Image source:Getty)

    Don’t Let Stress Get in the Way
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