How to Meditate for Beginners: Your Complete Guide

In a world that is constantly moving, it can be difficult to find time to focus on the present moment. However, meditation is one of the oldest and most effective ways to center yourself and find peace amid the chaos. The practice of meditation is simple, but it does take some time, consistency, and effort to master.

This guide will teach you the basics of meditation and how to get started with your own practice. Once you know the basics, you can begin to customize your practice to fit your needs.

1. What is meditation and what are its benefits?

Mindfulness meditation is a form of mindfulness that is widely practiced in the western world. mindfulness meditation is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, without judgment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

The benefits of mindfulness meditation are vast. Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can help to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, while also increasing focus, concentration, and self-awareness.

Mindfulness meditation is a simple and effective way to bring peace and calm into your life. In as little as 10-15 minutes a day, you can start to see the benefits of mindfulness meditation in your life.

2. How to get started with meditation?

When it comes to meditation, there are many ways to get started. But, luckily, there are a few things that are universal when it comes to beginning a meditation practice. In this section, we’ll go over a few of the basics of how to get started with meditation.

One of the most important things to do when getting started with meditation is to find a comfortable place to sit. This can be in a chair with your feet flat on the ground, or on a meditation cushion on the floor. It’s important that your spine is straight, so that you can relax your muscles and not strain your back. Once you’re in a comfortable position, you can close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath.

Breathing is one of the most important aspects of meditation. By focusing on your breath, you can begin to bring your attention to the present moment. And, as you focus on your breath, you may find that your mind begins to quiet down. It’s natural for thoughts to arise during meditation, but you don’t need to cling to them. Instead, simply let them go and return your focus to your breath.

Meditation isn’t about silencing your thoughts completely. Rather, it’s about learning to observe your thoughts without getting caught up in them. You may find that, as you practice meditation, your thoughts become less frequent and less intrusive. But, even if they don’t, simply observing them without reacting to them is a valuable skill to learn.

Another important aspect of meditation is letting go of judgment. This includes judgment of yourself and your thoughts, as well as judgment of the meditation practice itself. Meditation is a process of self-discovery, so it’s important to approach it with an open mind. Don’t worry if you can’t sit still for very long, or if your mind is very active. Just let go of any judgment and let the practice unfold naturally.

Finally, the most important thing to remember is that there is no “right” way to meditate. The goal is simply to be present and aware, without any expectations or goals. Meditation is a tool for self-exploration, so there is no need to force anything. Just allow yourself to be, and see what arises.

3. What are the different types of meditation?

There are a number of different types of meditation, each with their own benefits. Mindfulness meditation is a good place to start for beginners, as it can be done anywhere and doesn’t require any special equipment. This type of meditation involves focusing on your breath and paying attention to your thoughts and sensations without judgement.

A second type of meditation is Transcendental Meditation ™. This is a more formal type of meditation which involves the use of a mantra, or a repeating sound, to help focus the mind. TM has been shown to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, and can be practiced for 20 minutes twice a day.

If you’re looking for a more active form of meditation, you could try Kundalini yoga. This type of yoga combines meditation with breathing exercises and physical movement, and can be very powerful in managing stress and anxiety.

Finally, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It’s important to find a type of meditation that works for you, and to be patient and consistent with your practice. Meditation is a skill that takes time to develop, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come easily at first.

4. How to create a daily meditation practice?

Even if you’re a beginner, you can start to develop a regular meditation practice relatively easily. Set aside some time each day to meditate, and try to stick to the same time and place as much as possible. It can be helpful to meditate first thing in the morning, or right before bed. Choose a comfortable spot where you won’t be interrupted, and sit with your spine straight. You can close your eyes or keep them open, whatever feels most natural to you.

Start by focusing on your breath. Notice the sensation of the air moving in and out of your lungs. Try to breathe slowly and deeply. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breath. Don’t worry if you can’t focus for very long at first. Just keep coming back to the present moment.

You can also focus on a mantra, or a short phrase or word that you repeat to yourself. Pick something that has meaning to you, and that you can say with ease. As you repeat your mantra, notice the way the sounds and the feelings of the words move through your body.

Start with just a few minutes a day, and gradually increase the amount of time you meditate as it feels comfortable. Remember, there’s no “right” way to meditate. The important thing is to be patient, be gentle with yourself, and keep coming back to the present moment.

5. What to do when you find it difficult to meditate?

When it comes to meditation, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What works for one person may not work for another. If you find it difficult to meditate, there are a few things you can do to make it easier.

  1. Start with a shorter practice. If you’re just starting out, don’t try to meditate for an hour. Start with a shorter practice, like 5 or 10 minutes. Once you get the hang of it, you can gradually increase the length of your practice.

  2. Find a comfortable position. Meditation doesn’t have to be done in the lotus position. You can meditate sitting, lying down, or even walking. Find a position that’s comfortable for you and that you can sustain for the duration of your practice.

  3. Set a timer. This will allow you to relax and not worry about the time. When the timer goes off, you can get up and go about your day.

  4. Focus on your breath. One of the most common ways to meditate is to focus on your breath. Simply focus your attention on your breath going in and out. If your mind wanders, just bring your attention back to your breath.

  5. Use a mantra. A mantra is a word or phrase that you repeat to yourself during meditation. It can be anything that has meaning to you. The mantra can help you focus and keep your mind from wandering.

  6. Try guided meditation. Guided meditation is a great way to learn how to meditate if you find it difficult to do on your own. With guided meditation, you’ll listen to someone’s voice that will lead you through the practice.

  7. Be patient. Meditation takes practice. Don’t get discouraged if you find it difficult at first. Just keep at it and be patient. Over time, it will get easier.

6. How to know if you’re doing it right?

There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. You can’t do it wrong. The only way to do it wrong is to not do it at all.

The main thing to remember is to be patient with yourself. Meditation takes practice. Don’t expect to be perfect at it from the start. Just let yourself be and be open to whatever comes up.

There are however, a few signs that you’re on the right track:

-You’re showing up consistently. This is the most important thing. Even if you only meditate for 5 minutes a day, if you’re doing it every day, you’re doing great.

-You’re starting to notice a difference in your mood. Meditation can help to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. If you’re finding that you’re more calm and centred, that’s a good sign.

-You’re sleeping better. Meditation can help to improve your sleep quality. If you’re finding that you’re falling asleep more easily and sleeping more deeply, that’s a good sign.

-You’re more present. You may find that you’re more aware of your surroundings and more present in your daily life. You may also find that you’re more patient and better able to deal with difficult situations.

If you’re not sure if you’re doing it right, just keep at it. The more you meditate, the more you’ll get out of it.

7. The bottom line on meditation for beginners.

The bottom line on meditation for beginners is that it is a great way to focus, calm the mind, and find inner peace. However, it is also important to keep in mind that there is no one “right” way to meditate. Different people will have different experiences and there is no need to compare yourself to others. The most important thing is to be patient, consistent, and to find a style of meditation that works best for you.

If you’re looking to get started with meditation, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Then, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. Once you’re focused on your breath, try to clear your mind of all other thoughts. If you find your mind wandering, simply bring your focus back to your breath. Lastly, don’t get discouraged if you can’t seem to clear your mind completely. Just keep practicing and eventually you’ll get the hang of it.


I love this :heart: & right now it’s a good reminder for me too. After reading it I also realized that even though I didn’t think so, I am actually meditating at least once a day but it wasn’t in a way that I recognized as meditating. So that made me feel a lot better today :hugs: Thank you so much for sharing :revolving_hearts:


@SilverBear Laurie, this is superb! What a great guide! I have definitely been out of practice with my meditation lately. I know I’d feel better if I got back to it. I’m going to find time to make it happen this week. I need to start adding it to my calendar so I can get it done!


This is awesome, I am having a hard time with trying to get my meditation in everyday, last week I think I missed two days and this week one so far. On top of that my lil one calls me in the midst of doing them as well I had to start telling her when I go in but it still doesn’t register (Autistic Child). My schedule is so busy with work, my home life, and appts that by time I get home I am so tired. I like the Spells8 ones they are easy to do.


Wow, this is such a comprehensive guide! Thank you for putting it together and sharing it :person_in_lotus_position: I’ll admit I’ve been off my meditation practice for a while, but it’s time to start again soon!


Even though I realized from this that I am actually doing some form of meditation each day, I need to get back to my other normal practice as that has been seriously lacking for while too @MeganB. However, I realized that I’ve actually been doing some form of meditation for literal years without knowing from my own misconceptions about meditation :woman_in_lotus_position:

I remember the first time I realized that was maybe a year & a half ago, possibly longer Here in the forum talking to Francisco on a post about it & then again when I read this one realized it was even longer than that time too! :hugs:

So both times were like highlights in my learning & understanding of meditation :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Meditation used to be my favorite place to be. It got to be more ritual than practice so I took a break from it. It is time to get back to the cushions now. This site and my interest in the pegan ways and witchcraft have brought back the need for mindfulness and centering.

Thank you @SilverBear for the reminder to practice one of the things I Love most.

Love and Light


Thank you for this post @SilverBear!

Great information! I try to be mindful as often as I can so I can be meditative as I go about my day - especially with walks out back or doing mundane tasks. I do need to pick a time to get into a set meditation practice as well though.
Thanks for the inspiration to get back into a meditation routine!