like your spouse as much as you love him

like your spouse as much as you love him

Meditation 101: 4 Helpful Tips For Getting Started

Lieve Boekholt

You have probably heard at some point in your life about meditation and its benefits. It's true, it is good for you. Regular meditation and mindfulness can help reduce stress and help you feel calmer and more relaxed. While it is a good technique to practice, many people don't because of how intimidating it sounds. However, it is not intimidating at all and even beginners can benefit from it.

If you are interested in learning how to meditate, use these four tips to help you get into the art:

1. Start Small

Meditating for an entire half hour may be good for the more experienced, but newbies might find themselves bored or half-asleep at the end of it. If you want to begin meditating, start small and work your way up. All you really need is five minutes per day to reap the benefits. Once you get the hang of it, feel free to bump up your meditation time to as long as you like. There are no fast rules.

It might also be helpful to set a timer. Otherwise, you will probably be interrupting your session by looking at the clock. So set a timer, and get going.

2. Choose a Good Time of Day

When you meditate, you want to be fully relaxed. So it is important that you choose a time of day to meditate that works for you. You can do it in the early morning, on your lunch break, or before bed—whenever you want. Just make sure it's quiet and you are fully awake.

During the beginning, you might also benefit from making it a routine. So pick a time of a day and meditate at the same time every day. This will help make it a routine and soon you won't even need to think about it.

3. Posture is Important

The posture you use while meditating is very important. After all, you want to remain comfortable but still able to focus deeply. Plus, improper posture may make you accidentally fall asleep during your session. When meditating, try to sit upright with your shoulders down and relaxed. Keep your neck straight and close your eyes.

4. Have a Dedicated Meditation Space

While it's true that meditation can be done anywhere, it's best to pick a quiet space to start with. Over time, you will begin to acknowledge that the space is for meditation and you will probably start to feel calm as soon as you step into the space. You do not need to dedicate an entire room for the practice. A quiet corner in your bedroom, home office, or living room will work wonderfully.

Meditation a great practice everyone. It will help you become more mindful and relaxed, and it might help you live with intention. If you are interested in learning the practice, utilize these tips. You can also take a meditation class at a local facility, like at Portland Mindfulness, to learn all of the basics.


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like your spouse as much as you love him

I knew that I loved my husband, but I was having a very difficult time liking him most days. My husband acted much like an overgrown teenager expecting me to do everything for him. He couldn't be bothered to put his trash in the trash can, or put his dirty laundry in the hamper or even carry his dirty dishes to the sink so that I could wash them. After about 18 years of this behavior, I finally had to find someone to go to for help. We started seeing a counselor to try to find a way for me to like him again. It has helped some. My blog will show you a few ways that counseling can help you like your spouse as much as you love him or her.