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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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How to Practice Loving Kindness

“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”Rumi

Love is not a luxury, it is a vital nutrient of life.  Without love, life is like a hard, stale loaf of bread.   Tasteless and hard to swallow.

Love is medicine, a magical antidote to fear and anger, and the way to heal yourself and the world.  If you want to change the world for the better, the best place to start is by loving yourself.

“Whoever loves himself, will never harm another.”  – Buddha

All the love you need already exists within you.  As Rumi suggests, our task is to unblock the spring of love that already exists within.  The practice of loving kindness provides a gentle, proven, and systematic framework for doing just this.

In the first article of this two-part series, we explored how elusive self-love may sometimes seem.  So much so that we might not even be aware of its lack in our life.  Yet it makes itself known through an array of unhappy and unhealthy behaviors.

But we’re not stuck.  Through the practice of loving kindness, we can unlock the love inside and transform our uneasiness into kindness, contentment, and peace.

Today we’ll explore the ins and outs of loving kindness practice.

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