Episode 23 – A beginner’s guide to meditation and mindfulness

Meditation is showing potential in the sciences as being healthy for you.

Meditation is a subjective experience so depending on your philosophy about life and beliefs, meditation could be either of these views or even a completely different one altogether.

  • Way to connect with God (or a Creator) in an act of listening. There’s a saying out there that says, “prayer is talking to God, while meditation is like listening to God.”
  • Self awareness activity to observe and connect with your thoughts.
  • Way to slow down your heart rate and breathing.
  • A completely different one altogether.


Benefits of meditation

Some benefits of meditation include:

  • Being more relaxed
  • Being more objective
  • Sharpened focus
  • Clearer thinking after meditative practice
  • Being more perceptive
  • Increased creativity
  • Physiological benefits
  • Perhaps even a certain peacefulness or calm


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You don’t have to be a full on, hardcore meditation person to get these benefits. Meditation is dose related, so the more often you are in a meditative state, the more likely you will have the benefits of meditation overflow into your daily life. Its dose effect could be likened to exercise – the more you do it, the better you are for doing so (and thus, the more “meditation fit” you can become). It’s really up to you to find out what works for you. Let’s get into my beginner’s guide to meditation and mindfulness.


1. Explore all the different meditation practices

Find some good meditation practices out there and then give each one a try to find which one suits your lifestyle.


Types of Meditation

Here’s a list of a handful to try:

  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Qi Gong
  • Singing bowls
  • Guided visualisation tapes
  • Walking in nature or with animals
  • Super slow motion conscious walking
  • Flow state activities – eg. surfing, hobbies
  • Transcendental Meditation
  • Breathing
  • Body scanning and awareness


2. Set up your meditation environment

Meditation happens in your meditation place just like exercise happens at a gym and cooking in the kitchen. The important thing is to keep your meditation environment the same.


Meditation Places

Some good places for meditation include:

  • Bedroom floor
  • Edge of bed
  • Rooftop
  • Outside on the Verandah / deck
  • In nature at your favourite rock or tree
  • Trail
  • A mountain
  • Beach
  • Cave
  • Backyard


Read on below to discover the rest of my beginner’s guide to meditation and mindfulness!

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