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If you’re just starting out your meditation practice then I am sure you’ve wondered… Do I need anything to meditate?
When I was starting out I often wondered the same thing.
I found it difficult to connect with the spiritual fluffy side to meditation.
Seeing as a lot of the content, apps, etc, that go with meditation are quite fluffy I was often discouraged.
I prefer the no bulls*&% approach… It’s just easier for me to connect with.
On the other hand, meditation is on almost everyone’s lips lately and its amazing benefits are hard to ignore.
Because it’s not exactly from our world (the Western one I mean)…
It can seem a bit airy-fairy or like something that requires a lot of training and mental discipline.
But, I assure you it doesn’t or at least it doesn’t need to be.
It may have originated from a very different culture but meditation is actually just a very simple practice.
It can be easily integrated into your daily routine to get some pretty cool results.
I’m living proof of that.
Meditation has helped me overcome anxiety, lack of focus, and overall happiness.
It’s an amazing tool that I encourage you to make apart of your daily routine.
My view on meditation and using it to relieve stress and anxiety is straightforward.
No spiritual fluff here.
Just honest, first-hand-experience and information.
Meditation being the simple practice that it is, you don’t really need anything to do it…
Only yourself and a desire to become more aware and in control of yourself.
So, even though you don’t really need anything, there are a few ways to help you stay consistent.
Also, to improve your meditation practice once you create the habit and want to develop it more.
In this post, I want to go over only a few of the basic things you should know about meditation.
Check out the video I made…
Do I Need Anything to Meditate Contents:
- Meditation Apps or Guided Meditations
- Meditation Cushions
- Tibetan Singing Bowls
- Define Your Needs
- Explore Your Own Meditation
Meditation Apps or Guided Meditations
Many people these days start out their meditation journey with apps or guided meditations.
They’re widely available and are an easy option to start.
I started out with guided meditations on YouTube about six years ago, and also experimented with apps.
Still, if I were to start again I wouldn’t choose the guided meditation route again.
The way I would do it and the way I recommend it for anyone else in the beginning phase of meditation is…
To have a basic understanding of what meditation is and how to practice it…
Then just sit down and do it.
Before downloading any apps or buying anything you think might help.
Because ideally what you’ll realize is that you don’t really need any gadgets or things.
At least when you’re starting out, don’t overcomplicate it.
Instead, get a good understanding and appreciation of what meditation really is.
I believe this is really important and will help you to set a really good foundation for your practice.
From there, it can lead into many different directions.
In my case, after a few months of trying guided meditations.
I felt that I was restricting my progress by being lead by someone.
Everyone is different but this is how I felt.
I wanted to be able to explore my mind and see what I was capable of.
So, I decided to lose the apps and guided meditations.
Define Your Needs
With everything going on in our lives and the world, we tend to jump at the chance to simplify things in every way.
But I believe It’s not always the best option.
We tend to look at them as being really necessary.
I think it’s kind of like…
‘I need help, throw me a life jacket’
… Even when we’re not even in water.
We don’t always need an iphone with a map showing us exactly where to go. (even when we have a pretty good idea of where we’re going)
We’ve been finding our way to places long before any of this, so I guess we can continue doing it.
We just choose not to because it’s easier.
The thing is that when we come to rely too much on these aids, I believe it takes a lot away from us growing.
There’s something about challenging yourself and your mind, you’re constantly progressing.
Explore Your Own Meditation
It’s the same thing when it comes to starting a meditation practice.
Don’t think that you can’t do it or that you need some special skills or tools to be able to do it well.
In the beginning, we all struggle with certain things like not being able to sit still or to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a time.
Meditation for beginners comes with some struggles.
So, before you download an app, before you get a singing bowl or a meditation cushion…
Just sit there and meditate.
See where it takes you without any device, guide or tool.
Doing that’ll help you get a better understanding of meditation and anything you might need to help you…
If anything at all.
It could be distractions because there is too much noise, back pain, or your mind just going bat sh#t crazy.
A lot of things can keep you from getting to that calm, relaxed state of meditation.
See how yo go, and figure out what you can do to improve your practice from there.
Once you’ve been meditating for a little while and you’ve at least got your head around what meditation actually is.
Then I’d recommend supplementing your practice with things that might help.
Basically, we’re all different.
Meditation and our experience with it will be different for each of us.
After a little practice with yourself and your thoughts, you’re going to have a better idea of what you might need to help you get more out of your meditation.
Apart from the mental challenges of trying to calm your mind, there are also some physical challenges you’ll be hitting.
A very common problem people have is different aches and pains creeping up on you as you try to concentrate on your meditation.
The most common of these is back pain.
We spend most of our time slouching when we sit at our desks or lounging around at home.
If you’re struggling with back pain try sitting in a different position or maybe even in a chair.
Place the edge of a cushion or a rolled-up towel under your spine to rotate your hips forward.
This helps to keep your spine straight.
Tibetan Singing Bowls
As I’ve mentioned, I too have struggled with the questions any beginner to meditation has.
…Not to mention all the common beginner meditator problems like self-doubt, distractions or lack of motivation.
I’ve also struggled with my ability to focus as any inexperienced, innocent meditation rookie.
This is until I found Tibetan singing bowls.
They really enhanced my meditation practice.
That’s why I keep writing about their amazing healing benefits .
Tibetan singing bowls are a great aid to improve your focus and your meditation practice or just spice things up a little.
They work on restoring and rebalancing the natural flow of vibrations and energy within us. (sounds pretty fluffy… I know)
Also, they’re great for improving concentration, motivation, and consistency.
As I’ve mentioned previously they may not be for everyone and I believe it’s important to stat out meditating on your own.
But, I really struggled with my focus and I found that singing bowls really helped me
There’s a lot of information out there and a lot of tips going around about how to start a meditation practice.
…And also what you need to do it.
The truth is you don’t need anything to meditate and I can’t stress that enough.
Meditation is just learning to be with yourself and observing.
After trying out many kinds of meditation, my personal conclusion is that it’s slightly different for everyone.
So, starting out with nothing but your thoughts is a great way to set the foundations.
Get to know yourself and how you handle it.
This may be enough.
Over time you’ll find what works for you, and just keep growing from there.
That’s the best advice I can give you as a person who’s been there.
Trying to start and develop my practice and learning new ways of testing and mixing it up over the years has taught me a lot.
If you want to learn more tips for starting out and what to expect, then…
You’ll find a lot of useful information that can help you start out, be consistent, and get all the amazing results meditation can bring into your life.
Until next time,
Co-founder of Lamajo.
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