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Guided meditation for beginners (for free) from QuietKit. 5 Podcasts to Help You (Finally) Commit to Your Meditation Practice. You’ve finally decided to give into the all mindfulness buzz by starting your own meditation practice.

5 Podcasts to Help You (Finally) Commit to Your Meditation Practice

A week in, you’re still committed to the ritual. You’ve blearily woken up to your alarm 30 minutes earlier each morning. You’ve designated an extra plushy armchair to be your permanent meditation thrown. You’ve even invested in a gorgeous string of malas to help you keep track of your mantra. You’re going so strong, then—bam—you fall off the wagon. This inner tirade may be enough to make you raise that white flag, hit snooze on your alarm clock, and postpone your mindful journey just a little bit longer. But don’t put your mala beads in the bottom of your underwear drawer just yet. We’ve covered podcasts to indulge your inner literary geek, get your mind back in marathon mode, and boost your morning commute, and now, we’ve found rounded up the podcasts that will help re-inspire your meditation practice. 10% Happier with Dan Harris The Mindful Podcast Untangle. 8 Meditation Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Feel Calm & Peaceful. “Three things you cannot recover in life: the word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone.”

8 Meditation Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Feel Calm & Peaceful

~Unknown Do you meditate? I do. I come from a Buddhist family, and meditation is like an heirloom to me. I didn’t start meditating until I was an adult. And one day I got a little worried. I didn’t feel much difference. In fact, I didn’t feel anything. Nothing has changed. Later, I was shocked to discover how many mistakes I was making. I want you to avoid these mistakes so that you can meditate efficiently without wasting your time as well. 1. I used to hate distraction. By all means, minimize distraction. The whole point of meditation is to observe distractions as they occur, and not to be carried away by them.

Instant Mindfulness. 20 minute Guided Mindfulness Exercise. Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind. By Leo Babauta The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation.

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

Hands down, bar none. Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way. Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. So … I highly recommend this habit. These tips aren’t aimed at helping you to become an expert … they should help you get started and keep going. Sit for just two minutes. Meditation isn’t always easy or even peaceful.

If you’d like help with mindfulness, check out my new Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness short ebook. UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind. Meditation posture - How to Meditate. When we practise meditation we need to have a comfortable seat and a good posture.

The most important feature of the posture is to keep our back straight. To help us do this, if we are sitting on a cushion we make sure that the back of the cushion is slightly higher than the front, inclining our pelvis slightly forward. It is not necessary at first to sit cross-legged, but it is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana. If we cannot hold this posture we should sit in one which is as close to this as possible while remaining comfortable.

The seven features of Vairochana’s posture are: The legs are crossed in the vajra posture. If we want to colour our mind with a virtuous motivation we need to clear away all our negative thoughts and distractions. A further feature of Vairochana’s posture is the preliminary breathing meditation, which prepares our mind for developing a good motivation.