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“I would recommend this course to anyone who is ready to look at themselves with an open mind.

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Doug    Sheffield, UK   
Doug    Sheffield, UK   
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(8-Week Mindfulness for Health & Happiness Course)

“I would recommend this course to anyone who is ready to look at themselves with an open mind. The approach is gentle, kind-hearted and non-dogmatic. You’re not being asked to believe anything –just to try it and see for yourself what it can do. It’s not self-centred – I’d say it encourages an attitude that’s kind to others as well as to yourself.

I’d had some previous experience of meditation and could recognise its value. This was the first time I’d done a structured course. Doing this, with the gentle self-discipline it encouraged, I was able to really experience the benefits of the Mindfulness approach, as well as acknowledge them intellectually. Before I started I had a few unhelpful tendencies – like getting irritated about my own and others’ shortcomings and getting overwhelmed with things I had to do (while not getting on and doing them).

At the end of the course I still have these tendencies, but (at least most of the time) I quickly notice them for what they are, recognising that I have a choice about how to react to whatever situation I find myself in. I generally feel I know myself better and am more in control of my life. I’m also better able to appreciate what’s around me in the present moment (including other people) - and more inclined to smile.

I liked that it was fairly challenging but with a discipline that resisted harshness. There was a kindness and good humour to it all.

I recognised too that this isn’t a once and for all fix. The benefits can dwindle if the practice is neglected.”

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How to Start Meditating Quickly and Easily

If you want to learn how to practice meditation quickly, then it’s useful to have a guide to get you started. There are some methods that are easier than others to start with. Read on to find some helpful tips about meditation for beginners.

Don’t worry about ‘getting it right’

Understand worrying has no part in meditation. When you notice a worry, just let it go and return to the meditation process – that is the essence of meditation.

You don’t need to worry yourself about ‘getting it right’. This will only happen with practice and as a beginner you’ve had no practice! It’s better to be gentle with yourself and allow your mind to simply relax instead of hanging on to worries. Having your mind focused and free from unwanted thoughts helps your practice go smoothly. If your worries return to mind, simply notice them passing by and let them go.

Try different techniques

There are different techniques that you can use when practicing meditation. The Breathing Meditation is a good one to start with, as it’s considered as one of the easiest. The main idea of this technique is to simply notice your breathing as if you’ve never noticed it before.  With the right focus this simple act can become fascinating and absorbing.

businessman-walking-on-the-streetAnother method that you might want to try is a Walking Meditation. This involves focusing your mind on the whole experience of walking while your mind stays quiet and calm. You might have even already practiced this, without being aware about it. Some people say that this can be as simple as ‘taking a walk in the park’.

Many beginners prefer to start with the Guided Meditation. In this particular practice, a voice will guide you. The voice may come from a meditation teacher in front of you, or through a pre-recorded meditation. Some people find this easy to start with, as you’ll only have to simply follow the voice. You’ll be guided through the relaxation procedure and the all the other stages of your practice.

Choose a regular meditation schedule

It’s best to start meditating by choosing a regular time for your practice. Understand that meditation is a skill to be learned and mastered. Like any useful skill, it takes time and regular practice to make it a part of your daily habit.

The time you’ll spend meditating depends upon what feels right for you. It can be a good idea to start out meditating for as little as 10-15 minutes each day. Keep in mind that the key is to stay consistent with your schedule.

Over time, you might want to increase the length of your practice. Spend your free time wisely. Rather than spending your breaks on unnecessary distractions, choose to have quality time with yourself instead. Make time to rest your mind. Meditation allows you to get in touch with your ‘real inner self’, and experience a sense of peace from within. This will help reduce the stress and negative thought habits you’ve developed.

What’s most important is to make time for meditation, otherwise it won’t happen.

As you begin your practice, you may change different meditation styles until you find ones that suit you best. It’s best to find an experienced meditation teacher and guide to help you learn more easily, so you can enjoy more of the benefits of meditation more quickly.


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