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Simple steps for practicing meditation at home

Meditation provides many people with a way of achieving inner peace in a world that is busy, hectic and stressful.  In order to remain physically and mentally healthy in both our bodies and our minds it is important to be able to quieten our minds, take a step back from our thoughts and feelings and practice mindfulness.

Meditation tuition or guided classes are a great way of beginning to learn meditation.  At Stepping Stones Greenwich we offer meditation tuition that will help you to learn different meditation techniques to help with self-healing and self-development.

To really feel the benefits of meditation you should aim for it to become part of your daily routine.  Meditation can be practiced anywhere that you can find a peaceful and quiet location where you will not be disturbed.

Meditation is all about learning to control and regulate our thoughts and emotions.  It is not something you can do immediately as soon as you try, it is something that must be practiced regularly in order to become good at it.

Here are a few simple steps that you can take in order to begin practicing mediation in your own home.

Prepare

Before you practice meditation make sure that you are in a quiet and relaxing place where you will not be disturbed.  Decide what time of day you are going to practice meditation each day and make a decision to stick to this routine.  Every time you meditate you should ensure that you are wearing loose and comfortable clothing and that you’re sitting up straight whilst you are meditating.

Step 1 – One point concentration

Meditation is all about being able to control your thoughts and clear your mind of thoughts and emotions in order to achieve complete inner peace.  This isn’t an easy feat and will take some practice to achieve.  The first step towards learning to achieve a silent mind is to begin by learning to put all of your concentration in one place.  Try imagining a candle's flame, or looking at one particular point and focussing all of your attention on this object.  Every time another thought comes into your mind block it out or throw it away until you are 100% focussed on the object that you have chosen.

Step 2 – Silent mind

Once you have learnt to concentrate your mind in one place it’s time to move onto the next step.  The next step is to think of nothing at all.  It can be frustratingly difficult to silence the mind but don’t become disheartened if you cannot do it at first.  Every time a thought comes into your mind, make a conscious decision to remove it again.  After a while you will realise that your thoughts are separate to who you are and that you can control or turn-off your thoughts whenever you want to, but this will take time.

There are many different ways of practicing meditation depending on what it is that you want to achieve.  Once you have learnt basic meditation you can look for new techniques that will help you to achieve what you are looking for from your meditation sessions.

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