Evolve > Mindfulness > Guided Meditation: How To Get Started
Meditation is a simple way to bring your mind and body to balance and practicing it regularly has many benefits for your physical and mental health. But as someone who is new to meditation, how do you start? Meditation has many different methods and techniques, confusion is normal. So if you’re getting started, we’ve got meditation for beginners, sorted. Try Guided Meditation.
It is simple, effective and it’s good for you. But what is guided meditation?
Guided Meditation is the process of meditation in response to guidance provided by a trained individual, either in person or virtually through sound recording, verbal instruction, audiovisual media or written text. You can read more about it and its benefits here.
So, how do you get started with guided meditation?
When you want to get started with guided meditation and have a goal or a reason. It could be to reduce stress or anxiety, sleep better or just balance your mind and body. Start by thinking about a goal and look for guided meditation lessons for that particular objective.
Step two would be to find a particular guided meditation technique or audio that works for you.
Once you start to practice it regularly, you will get the hang of it. There is no right or wrong method for it. Whatever is comfortable for you is perfect. There are many guided meditation apps available to you and Evolve comes with a range of guided audios that are designed to help you when life gets chaotic!
As you continue to practice guided meditation, here are some tips for meditation to help you:
- Get comfortable
- Make it a routine
- Focus on your breath
- Stay grounded
Get comfortable. You can sit or lie down on a surface and ensure you’re comfortable. Use support for your legs or back, whatever you need. Choose a posture that relaxes your body and take your time with it.
Make it a routine. Choose a time that is convenient for you and decide to follow it everyday. If you want to pick a spot in your house where you are at peace, that is great as well. Try doing this to make it a routine, so that soon enough, you can meditate anytime, anywhere.
Stay in the moment. Mindfulness refers to bringing all your attention into the present moment. As you start following your guided meditation for relaxation, healing, stress or anxiety, it is important to try and engage all your senses. This includes taste and smell to truly experience the moment. Practicing mindfulness will help you understand your body’s responses, what needs attention and can help you in healing it.
Focus on your breath. In case you’re unsure of what to do or feel your mind not being able to focus, a simple way to meditate is via breathing meditation. Breathe normally and just keep your attention on your breath and allow it to lead your mind. You can sense your body movements to the breath and do nothing else and allow thoughts to come and go. This is a simple and effective way to meditate as a beginner and will leave you refreshed and balanced.
Listen to one of Evolve’s guided breathing audios to try it out!
Stay grounded. Focusing on your body’s responses and sensations while focusing on your breath will help you stay grounded and settle your wandering mind. Remember, it’s natural for your mind to wander, allow it to do so while bringing it back into the moment every time. Guided meditation is really effective in helping your mind focus and keeping it clear as well.
Try one of Evolve’s grounding audios to help clear your mind.
Meditation and guided meditation are effective for your overall well-being, specially when practiced regularly. You can learn about the benefits of both meditation and guided meditation here.
Guided meditation allows you to enjoy meditation without worrying about right or wrong, as you’re guided by an experienced person every step of the way! It is simple and ideal for beginners such as yourself. The Evolve app is now live globally on Android & Apple, click here to try for free!