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Meditation Tips - Getting started

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Read a book. This is a great way to learn more about meditation. Consider John Kabat-Zinn's "Wherever you go, there you are" for starters
Resolve to succeed. Make a resolution to yourself to succeed at the daily practice of meditation
Share the gift. You can teach the practice of meditation to your children, spouse, and friends.
Start small. Don't try to meditate for long periods. Start out with consistent, persistent, daily medition of a duration you can maintain. Work up over time
Start with breathing. Focus on your breathing at the beginning of your meditation sessions
Stop procrastinating. Not just in getting started with meditation, but your entire life. Just move from one task to the next, doing what needs to be done next
Stretch first. Before beginning your meditation, prepare yourself with a set of gentle stretches
Take the first step. It's not hard to get started, so take the first step and give it a try
The power is simplicity. There are no gimmicks -- meditation is powerfully simple, and entirely within your control.
Use a candle. As you begin to meditate, it may be hellpful to focus on the flame if a candle.
Use a guide partner. Use a partner to guide you in your meditation. Take turns guiding and meditating.
You are right. There is no right or wrong in meditation. It is your time to be yourself, to experience personal attention, to care for yourself.
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