7 Tips to Becoming an Awesome Meditator (Even if You've Never Meditated Before)None By Agapi Stassinopoulos
Meditate (verb):To engage in contemplation or reflection, or mental exercise (as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.
Many people believe that meditation is hard to do and that one has to go to long retreats in order to learn the practice. Others believe that meditation takes so much practice it becomes available for the select few who have the luxury of time, and resources. There is a common misconception that one must be born with an innate predisposition for meditation. The only predisposition you need to have is the willingness to believe that it is available to you.
I would like to bring awareness to the fact that taking a pause to let the mind rest, and meditate, is one of the greatest luxuries we can afford. And this luxury costs nothing at all — available to all of us anytime, anywhere.
Meditation is the portal to the wisest, calmest, centered part of ourselves that is present all the time. Because of our complete identification with the outer world, constant connection to our activities, and super connectivity with our devices and our worldly self, we have completely disconnected from that calm place within. Our mind makes us believe it’s an uncharted territory.
Let me dispel that myth.
The easiest way to start meditating — and the way you can become a fruitful meditator — is to start with heartfelt gratitude. This practice of gratitude immediately connects us to our heart. We must bring our heart present in order to find that centered, wise place. Because in that place of a grateful heart, there is compassion, understanding, kindness and, yes, calm.
Start by taking account of what you are grateful for, from the smallest to biggest things — even for the challenges you are facing. Offer thanks to the very essence of life (or whatever that is for you: God, the universe, the invisible, etc). Consider all the gifts and resources life has bestowed upon you — from your health and family to your self-awareness. As you become connected with that, start to turn your attention and focus inward. Never worry about emptying your mind. If your thoughts wander, let thoughts come in — and then let them pass by. Refocus your mind to what lifts you — and to your very breath.
When we go beyond our thoughts and emotions, we start to realize that we are more than those thoug