Meditation Basics for Beginners
I always ask my new students “why” they want to meditate. For myself, it’s important to understand your “why” because if we train our minds through peaceful abiding meditation, we can actually use our minds, rather than be used by them. Once we realize how our minds work, we can also realize a lot about life as well. If we want to pursue our “why,” meditation is definitely the right tool.
If we look at the practice itself, it is a pretty simple concept – but from experience, I know people find it challenging. Our mind is not used to being in the present moment. It mostly gravitates towards the past and the future and when it’s wandering, you just have to bring it back to the breath without judgement. The power of this practice is in its simplicity: with time we get to see ourselves more clearly, and I’m pretty sure that with time this practice will be as helpful to you and transform you as it has transformed me.
I got into meditation because I want to be of service to others, and I thought, if I can help even just one person and they showed up to one of my classes, I would consider that a success.
Let’s rediscover our basic goodness. Let’s go on to do greater things with kindness and an open heart. Just breathe and be yourself. Relax with who you are, relax with all the emotions that arise on the meditation cushion, relax with the pleasant and painful elements... just observe. Keep sitting and let you be you. Don’t be discouraged if some days it feels like it’s not working out. No worries, with time, meditation is going to bring you a sense that you are good enough, you are worthy, kind and smart enough to handle whatever life throws at you.
About the Author:
My name is Stefano Zen and I’m a certified mindfulness meditation instructor from INNERGY. Currently, I’m attending a five-month teaching program by meditation practitioner Lodro Rinzler, a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of “The Buddha Walks into a Bar” (and various other spiritual contemporary books).
I have always considered myself a spiritual person; however, I was not consistently practicing do to work, family and, you know, “life.” I have been a chef for most of my adult life, but since I’m about to reach the big five-zero, I was contemplating how to learn and later teach meditation, simply to bring a more mindful approach to my life and the lives of others… and here I am.
My focus is on the beginner practitioners. The power of this practice is on its simplicity, but you need to know how to follow the teaching and understand your “why?” So, “why?” will be my first question. You just have to bring your amazing self.