LEARN TO MEDITATE
You learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness you experience in meditation and the increased happiness and diminished stress you experience outside meditation are so attractive and welcomed that you naturally teach yourself how to go deeper into that silence and stillness each time you meditate.
To begin meditating, find a place where you can sit comfortably and quietly. Then close your eyes and do nothing for a minute or so. Thoughts may come during that time, and that is okay. Create a mantra that sits well with you and connects with your inner desire.
Meditate every morning and every evening for 15-30 minutes. It is best to meditate before you eat. Try to meditate in a quiet place but if you do not have a quiet place to meditate that is okay. Noise is not a barrier to meditating.
At times you may be saying your mantra unclearly, and that is okay. You may not be saying your mantra at all, and instead, your mantra may be a sense or a feeling of your mantra, and that is okay. All thoughts and your mantra may disappear and you may simply be aware, and that is okay.
You may go to sleep during meditation, and that is okay. When you wake up after being asleep, meditate for a few more minutes and then lay down and rest for 4-5 minutes.
The benefits of meditation come from meditating regularly. The benefits come naturally over time, and there is nothing you can do to MAKE those benefits come. So, avoid looking for particular experiences or signs of progress or failure with your meditation because that will block you from getting the benefits of meditation.
Meditation can make you happier, it can make you feel more at ease and calmer, and it can help you get along better with others. You may notice those changes soon, or you may meditate for six months before you notice any changes. So just get in the habit of meditating regularly twice every day, and then be patient. Getting in the habit of meditating regularly is very important. And if you stop meditating, just start back meditating again.
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