As time goes on and we become more zen along with the site and the like minded people who visit the site we will begin to see what ZEN and what teaching meditation techniques to beginners is all about. It’s important to realize that we all have to start somewhere, some are a little more advanced or have more knowledge coming into a zen life than others. That’s fine, we all pick things up at different levels, but the most highly emphasized thing to remember is the end goal. All experts and beginners alike have different starts, but the end goal of living a meditation type of life is the end result.
With that being said there are a few beginner techniques that I will get into:
- Starting small to begin with
- Breathing techniques
- Understanding the benefits of meditation
- Creating your “own way” to do meditation
- Clearing your mind
Of course there are many, many more things we can and will get into in the near future, but to start this is a good place.
1) Start Small at the beginning
Find a nice time in between 5-10 minutes to begin with, not a lot of time, but perfect when first starting out and getting used to this. If you find that 5 is too long or 10 is too short, then change up the amount of time to fit what works for you. It’s important to remember that everyone is different and so a standard “template” may not work for everyone.
2) Breathing techniques
This goes along with clearing your mind as well. Start out taking 3 or 4 deep breaths, inhale slowly while you count to 3, then exhale with a count to 4. Do this 5 times and see how you’re feeling *Bonus* This does wonders for short tempered people or those who get easily upset (I am one of them). It will help you calm down before overreacting to that passive-aggressive email sent from your co-worker.
3) Understanding the benefits of meditation clearly and concisely.
Whether you have anxiety, stress, irritability, bad temperament or whatever the case; meditation can work wonders for you. I have seen clients who are generally on edge at all times just completely let go and find the zen place. Sometimes they will worry (in the beginning) whether they are doing it right, if they’re breathing too fast, if they’re not taking enough time etc. Once they finally get those deep breaths in and clear their mind the whole word changes up for them.
4) Creating your own way to meditate
At first, it’s good to take suggestions (this website) and follow someone who has been doing it for a while. Ideally after you get comfortable and start branching out and doing things on your own you’ll want to put your own little twist on it. Change up and mold what you’ve learned to benefit you the most. If you find doing someone else’s routine is the best, then so be it, but at least try to create your own.
5) Clearing you mind
I think the overall best part of doing this is to clear your mind. When you have a clear mind, you forget about all the worries out in the real world. You stop fretting for every little thing and just enjoy time and moments of complete peace and relaxation.
I hope these tips helped! There will be more in the near upcoming future.
In the meantime, enjoy a few zen relaxation videos:
20 minutes or meditation sounds
Beginners guide to
Life in Japanese ZEN monestary