Mindless meditation? Is that how it works?

Meditation is an ancient practice that can bring significant benefits to the mind and body (HERE I discuss the benefits on reducing anxiety). However, for many beginners, sitting quietly and trying to calm the mind may seem an impossible task, especially if the mind is constantly filled with thoughts. In this article, we will explore how a person can begin to meditate even if he or she struggles to stop the incessant flow of thoughts.

Mindless meditation?

Recognizing the activity of the mind is the essential first step in initiating an effective and rewarding meditative practice. Before diving into meditation, it is important to understand that it is absolutely normal for the mind to be active and overflowing with thoughts. You should not feel frustrated or discouraged by this mental reality. Accepting that thoughts fluctuate and vary is fundamental to embarking on a successful meditation path. This attitude of acceptance opens the door to greater awareness and mental presence during practice.

Practicing mindfulness is one of the basic pillars of meditation. Mindfulness involves observing your thoughts without judgment. You can cultivate this practice by focusing on the breath or an object. When your mind starts to wander, you can gently bring your attention back to the breath, without self-flagellating from distraction. Mindfulness helps you develop an attitude of kindness and acceptance toward yourself, opening the door to a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

In addition, guided meditations should be seen as valuable resources, especially if you are new to meditation practice. There are numerous online resources, such as apps and videos, that offer guided meditations led by experienced teachers. These guided sessions provide clear structure and support during the exercise, helping you maintain focus and navigate through the various stages of meditation. This type of approach can be especially useful when one has difficulty controlling thoughts and establishing an independent practice. Guided meditations offer an accessible and comfortable starting point for those who wish to explore the benefits of meditation without feeling overwhelmed in their own minds.

I’d like to kindly remind you that, as a mindfulness coach, I offer access to the “Small Handbook of Mindful Living” for anyone interested. This handbook serves as a guide on how to embrace this ancient practice and includes a weekly planner to help integrate mindfulness techniques into your daily routine.

Meditation in practice

The practice of deep breathing and relaxation before meditation is a crucial time to prepare the body and mind for the inner work that will follow. Through mindful breathing, we are able to connect with our breath, which is a bridge between body and mind. Inhaling deeply brings oxygen to the tissues and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and regeneration. This creates an inner space of calm and tranquility that is essential for deep and effective meditative practice.

In addition, the use of relaxation techniques such as yoga or tai chi can help release accumulated tension in the body, creating a feeling of lightness and openness that promotes greater concentration and awareness during meditation. These practices not only relax muscles and improve the flexibility of the body, but also calm the mind and promote an overall feeling of well-being.

When it comes to constant practice and patience, it is important to understand that meditation is a journey, not a destination. It requires time, commitment and dedication to develop a meaningful and lasting meditative practice. Although it may seem difficult at first to calm the mind and stay present, it is important not to get discouraged. Every moment spent in meditation is a time of learning and personal growth. With the passage of time and constant practice, one begins to experience greater mental stability, greater clarity and a greater ability to face life’s challenges calmly and mindfully. Patience is the key to this process, as every step forward, even the smallest, is progress toward greater mental and emotional harmony and well-being.

Starting to meditate when your mind is full of thoughts may seem like a challenge, but with patience, practice and kindness to yourself, you can develop a meaningful meditative practice. Meditation can bring calm, mental clarity and stress reduction to your daily life. Remember to be kind to yourself and accept the thoughts that come during meditation. With time and regular practice, you will find that your mind will calm down and you can enjoy the full benefits of meditation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for being part of this wonderful adventure. I wish you a shining life, Anna.

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