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Beginner Guide to Meditation

10 Lessons Easy

About this course

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Beginner Guide to Meditation

Meditation has been serving the world for centuries. Thousands of years of evidence has pointed to the spiritual, emotional, and even physical benefits of taking the time out if your day for quiet reflection and relaxation. While many people may be intimidated by the thought of being forced into a quiet place with their thoughts, the truth is that giving yourself a chance to reflect provides you with a special opportunity to become more self aware and more productive than ever before. It can help us to fight off negative feelings, reduce stress, and reflect on mistakes so that we are operating at our highest possible potential. 

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The History of Meditation

Ancient practice started in India thousands of years ago

First recorded in the Vedas

Survived over the centuries as word spread about the benefits of meditation.

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Benefits of Meditation

Reduces depression

Reduces anxiety

Changes the brain

Promotes a state of calm

Prevents reactive behavior

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How It Can Work For You

Focus on the here and now

Consider your senses, what you hear, smell, feel, etc.

Remaps neural pathways and bad thought habits

Helps with symptoms of PTSD

Helps recovering addicts

Benefits of Loving Kindness Meditation

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Loving Kindness Meditation

Promotes a sense of compassion 

Encourages forgiveness

Encourages self-love

Beneficial for sufferers of abuse or trauma

Helps recovering addicts

Interrupts bad thought patterns and replaces them with better ones

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Kundalini Yoga

Even people who don’t think they can meditate can meditate

Yoga is an active way of synching body and spirit

The mind can grow calmer after physical activity

Good for people who don’t like to sit still

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Transcendental Meditation

Utilize mantras to focus your thoughts and energy

• Helps practitioner to be more productive 

Hones focus on things that are most important to practitioner

Guided meditations may apply 

Often associated with introspection and deeper spiritual understanding

Beneficial and effective for those with ADHD

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Zen Meditation

More traditional style of meditation

Can use a mala (Buddhist prayer beads) to focus on a specific mantra or thought 108 times

Acknowledge your thoughts rather than dismiss them, but don’t get too caught up in them either

Mudras (specific Buddhist hand gestures used in meditation) may also benefit the practitioner

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Tips and Tricks

Stay comfortable

Relax, don’t focus too much on breathing unless you are having a hard time letting go of your thoughts

Start small, don’t begin with twenty minute sessions and overwhelm yourself

Meditate in the morning to set the tone for your day

Don’t force it

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Conclusion

Clearing Your Mind and Improving Your Life

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