Meditating for noobs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM


Could anyone recommend to me a place to find out about meditation? I understand that you can't force relaxation but I'm a bit lost as of what to begin with.




on July 17, 2013
at 03:59 PM

i'd suggest to just focus on your natural breathing as it's already going on, don't force the breath at all just watch it, really simple but really powerful, filling your head with a book on how to meditate or long blogs etc... will not help IMO, Out of curiosity, why are meditating?

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:17 PM

Here's a very simple intro to meditation anyone can do:

  • Sit comfortably in a chair, but upright with your hands in your lap, preferably in a quiet place.
  • Close your eyes (or don't)
  • Slowly breathe in to a count of 3 seconds.
  • Hold the breath for a count of 1 second.
  • Exhale even more slowly for a count of 4 seconds.
  • Hold for 1 second.
  • Repeat for as long as you like.

A couple of minutes is enough to affect your blood pressure and heart rate and stress levels. 5 minutes a day is perfect, more can be better, but you'd be wasting your time if you don't feel any extra improvement.

By counting you keep your "monkey mind" chatter busy and away, sort of what a mantra does.

Best of all, we were taught this in junior highschool by a science teacher, she wasn't religious in any way, so no mumbo jumbo or new agey stuff needed. Just you, a chair, and your intention. Super simple.



on August 03, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Check out Headspace (getsomeheadspace.com). It's both a browser tool and a mobile app. The guy who presents the meditations--with a great Aussie accent--is a former Buddhist monk and knows his stuff (and takes a completely secular approach, by the way). I've tried and given up several times before, but Headspace is doing it for me. They offer a "Take10" (10 minutes/day for 10 days) free program, then you pay a little to move on to longer and targeted meditation. I'm about ready to begin "Take20". I'm actually looking forward to it.


on July 18, 2013
at 11:01 AM

The best book on meditation (that I know of) is John Kabat-Zinn's 'Wherever You Go, There You Are'.

It's especially good because of the realistic and accurate information it provides on the subject, contrary to the mumbo jumbo found in other similar books on the topic (no offence intended).



on July 17, 2013
at 08:57 PM

In my experience it is all about turning off top down processing, not thinking about the past or anticipating the future. Embrace your senses, focus on your breath, and simply be present.



on July 17, 2013
at 07:57 PM


on July 17, 2013
at 01:05 PM


Check some of the thread in the sidebar. I recall that is where the above video initially came to my attention.

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