The key to meditation: START
How many of you read my posts and think “I should meditate” yet, you never take the first step? Like any practice or habit, meditation is a commitment on your part. You only have to commit 15 minutes to start. Once you become accustomed to it, you can expand as you wish or as time permits.
I know several people who seem to have a problem getting past what I call ‘the monkey chatter’ in our heads. Oh, believe me, I still deal with monkey chatter every day myself! The key is to dismiss it. And yes, that sounds far easier than it really is to do.
In my experience, the best way to start a meditation practice is with a simple guided meditation. Guided meditations redirect your focus from your own chatter to the voice in the audio track. Once you become accustomed to that meditation, then you can begin to design your own meditations to achieve the goals you wish to achieve, and to expand into areas that are important to you What was interesting to me as I began this practice, is that the basic meditations led me to identify areas that I wished to address with my practice.
I’m so convinced that your life will change for the better if you begin meditation in any form whatsoever, that I’ve done some of the research work for you.
I sampled a few mindfulness meditations on iTunes, as a starting point for those who wish to move forward using mindfulness and meditation to add peace to your lives.
The first one is a very simple mindfulness meditation from an album called “Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners” and offers short, guided meditations for 6 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute and 20 minute sessions. I listened to this and it should be a comfortable, simple way to get into meditation. The voice is a very soothing female voice. There are also a couple of musical tracks on this album that you can use as you move further into meditation.
This album “Meditation Oasis” caught my attention simply because of the lotus, which I view as a symbol for my own growth and regeneration. This lovely album includes 4 simple meditations from 12 to 19 minutes long, with relaxing music and a female voice. The tracks are:
Breath Awareness Meditation
Emotional Ease Meditation
Letting Go Meditation.
If you wish to move forward with your meditations, you can check out “Guided Meditations for Achieving Life Goals”. This has a simple background consisting of ocean waves and piano. The voice is female. I’m amazed at the difference in pricing on these!
Shop around for the right guided meditation album(s) to kick-start your meditation practice. On iTunes, just use ‘Guided Mediation’ as your search word in the iTunes Store search box. On Amazon, it is easiest if you navigate to the area for Digital Music and search within that area.
Please feel free to ask questions or ask for recommendations below in the comments sections! I’m happy to help. I want everyone to experience the growth that I’ve experienced through meditation.