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Beginning to Meditate

by Karen Pearson News

Beginning to Meditate

It can be quite daunting learning something new, particularly if we think something is going to be a challenge to introduce into our lives, even if we think that something will bring some sort of benefit to us. This can even stop us starting something new in the first place.

Our minds can do that ‘self-sabotage’ trick, telling us that we don’t have the time, or we shouldn’t spend this time on ourselves as we have more important things to do.

For that reason, if you are looking to find out more about meditation and whether it is something for you, a good place to start is to gain an understanding of what meditation is and actually, more importantly, what it isn’t.

Let us start with what meditation isn’t:

Meditation isn’t something that takes up a lot of time.  

Our ‘self-sabotaging’ minds will tell us we don’t have the time to meditate. Our lives are so busy.

However, in reality you only need to practice 5 to 10 minutes a day for meditation to impact on your life in a positive way. Once you understand the basic principles of meditation you can actually meditate anywhere, like standing in a que waiting for your daily coffee, sitting in your car in the usual morning traffic or on a train or the tube.

I can’t do meditation as you have to be able to clear your mind and mine is so busy all of the time.  

Some say meditation is about clearing thoughts in your mind. However, this would actually be near impossible to do given that on average we have between 40,000 and 60,000 thoughts every day – no wonder we feel so tired at times!!!. So, no meditation won’t be able to stop our thoughts.

Meditation is more about developing an observer state so we can just be with our thoughts, allowing them to come and go easily and without judgement or attachment. A good way of describing this would be to imagine looking up at the sky on a lovely sunny day and all those fluffy white clouds floating by are your thoughts that you are just observing, letting them carry on floating by. So, they are still there within your mind, but you are just observing them and not attaching yourself to them.

Meditation is complicated.  

Meditation can be viewed as complicated and that for people to be able to do it, they need to isolate themselves from normal life and become a monk. But anyone can learn to meditate if they have a desire to do so. It is a simple practice that can be simple to learn.

How I tend to describe meditation is that it is a conscious practice that allows you to connect your mind and body with the present moment. It is a simple practice that can be incorporated with ease into our daily lives.

If you want to find out more about meditation or would like to learn more and develop your own practice then get in touch by contacting us at or keep in touch to see what courses and meditation classes we offer through our Facebook page or Instagram page @justbeemeditate.