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21 Meditation Tips You Need to Know As a Beginner

Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation has changed my life for the better in so many ways.

It has helped me become more relaxed, peaceful, loving, and accepting of myself.  I’m less inclined to fret about the past or worry about the future.  I’m less likely to create suffering for myself and others by engaging in storms of fantastic emotion.

More and more, I’m able to see, understand, and change my habitual patterns of thought and emotion, the ones that bring unhappiness and suffering.  This isn’t all due to meditation, but meditation has played a significant role.

I’m not perfect, of course.  I still get waylaid by my beliefs and emotions from time to time, but less often.  I still have plenty of fears to deal with, but I’m less afraid of them.

Having taught mindfulness meditation for more than ten years, I’ve witnessed the remarkable shifts hundreds of people have made as they’ve learned to meditate as well.

They’ve discovered:

  • An incredible sense of freedom that arrives when you’re no longer the victim of your thoughts and emotions.
  • A spaciousness of mind that makes you less perturbed by all that’s going on around you.
  • A deep feeling for the fullness of the present moment, when one’s senses come fully alive.
  • A warmth of heart that makes loving themselves and others a natural expression of their truest self.

This is what I would like for you too. So I’ve gathered together my best tips on mindfulness meditation to help you get started. Or to help you get started again if you’ve hit a roadblock in your meditation practice.

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Focus: Far More Than Concentration

Water Drops on Red Rose

“Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion.  Practice good-heartedness toward all beings.  Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you.  What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream.  The trick is to have positive intention during the dream.  This is the essential point.  This is true spirituality.” – Chagdud Rinpoche

Traditionally the word “focus” means to concentrate or pay particular attention to.  But “focus” has so many expanded meanings for me.  For example, all these ways of being depend on one’s capacity for focus, but are also not limited by it:

  • Mindfulness and awareness
  • Spacious awareness
  • Relaxed awareness
  • Loving awareness
  • Presence

When I use the word “focus,” I don’t mean being overly concentrated.  You can focus lightly on one thing, but still be cognizant of everything else going on around you.  That’s spacious awareness that is both relaxed and alert.

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