Want to be more focused?
Want to be calmer?
Want to improve your mood and mental well-being?
If pharmaceuticals found a way to distill all the benefits of meditation into a pill they would probably have the best-selling medicine in the world.
What condition would it be prescribed for?
Okay, so you might be thinking “meditation is great but how do I get started?”
It can be daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 3 simple steps to get started .
Download . You can use it on iPhone, Android, or in-browser. If meditation is weight lifting for the mind, Headspace is your personal trainer. It will show you the ropes and make it fun. Alternatively, is also a good app. I recommend starting with just 2 minutes of meditation a day. You will eventually get to the point where you don’t need to use technology, but I highly recommend starting with an app to 1) make it easier and 2) ensure that you are meditating effectively.
Use some accountability tool. what we recommend is , an app that helps you adopt new habits. Each day you successfully do a habit you ‘check in’ to that habit on Coach.me. Other people with the same habit see your check-ins and can cheer you on Coach.me is a great tool for mutual encouragement and accountability. It’s one of my staple habit adoption hacks.
Find a buddy and use simple guided meditations to help your progress
You don’t need guided meditation audio files/resources to start meditating. Technically you don’t need anything at all.
But a guided meditation from someone walking you thru a meditation session gives you a few benefits:
– They help remind you what to focus on
– The audio from it helps to drown out outside noise, aiding in focus
– Because these are fixed length, you don’t have to keep track of the time
For starters, start with a simple meditation of closing your eyes and focusing on your breath.
When you do this, at some point your mind will wander. That’s okay, just acknowledge to yourself that you’re thinking about something else, let it go, and return to your breath