Emilie Nougue, Jellyfish France
Coveted for its soothing and restorative properties, meditation has found a place in the schedule of many French people. Reduction of stress or pain, regulation of sleep, boost of the immune system, prevention of cardiovascular risks… Its benefits are multiple. Want to get into it? Find out how to get started easily.
How to do your first meditation session?
Want to experience the benefits of meditation? To try the experience, first determine the place and time that suits you best. You need to find a comfortable place in a familiar, safe and quiet place where you will not be disturbed too much. To perform your session, it is then advisable to start sitting on a chair, an armchair, or cross-legged on the floor. Take a few minutes to become aware of your breathing (to help you, you can count your breath) but also of the sensations it generates, especially in the nostrils and stomach. The more you practice, the more you can increase your meditation time without being distracted by noise, movement or thought. You will then be able to focus on other things, like the sensations in your body, and more on your breathing.
Apps to guide you
Do you find it complicated to start meditation alone at home, without any support? If the smartphone is usually not the best object to let go, it can help you if you download meditation apps. The latter offer sessions, but also small exercises, short stories, advice or even quizzes. The most famous and popular is called Petit Bambou. You can also download the Mindfulness, Meditations, Meditopia, Serenity, Calm or Zenfie applications, which are aimed more particularly at children.
Books to help you
It can also be interesting to start meditation with the help of a book presenting this practice to the general public. Meditate, day after day, by Christophe André, is the most popular work in this field. It offers lessons to read (and others to listen to in MP3 format) to introduce you to this method of relaxation. “The Meditation Bible” by Madonna Gauding will introduce you to different types of meditation as well as many exercises. You can also read “The little voice” by Eileen Caddy, which reveals small meditation texts suitable for everyone.
Some tips for learning to meditate
Know that it is completely normal, at first, to have trouble staying focused. It is essential to remain patient and to exercise a little each day rather than once a week. Always meditate in the same place and at the same time so that your body and mind get used to this exercise. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to judge yourself. There is nothing to achieve, no performance to achieve, the goal is simply to “let yourself be”.
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