The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with Meditation for Beginners

 The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with Meditation for Beginners

If you’ve never done meditation before it can sound a little bit intimidating and non-beginner friendly. You know that lots of spiritual people do it, people like yoga masters and Buddhist monks, and they do it for a long, long, time.

How are you going to still your thoughts for that long? You’re no monk, am I right? Monks not only spend hours meditating but they spend years and years focusing on it.

Sounds a little unreachable for ordinary people like you and me doesn’t it?

I grew up in a traditional Indian family who basically practice guru worship. The guru they follow teaches a form of yogic mantra meditation and they’re instructed to do it for 2.5 hours every single day without fail.

This guru has an ashram in India and plenty of followers. I remember one time when my parents took me on their retreat. I saw my mother meditating and I asked her if I could try it too. She said no.

According to her beliefs it’s very dangerous for anyone not trained by a guru or master yoga practitioner to attempt meditation because one might see all kinds of scary things in one’s third eye without proper training.

That scared the shit out of me and put me off meditation for most of my life. It’s a crying shame too because most of what she said is total crap.

I realised that much later and found out that meditation can actually mean many things. There are many forms of meditation. I then found something that works perfectly for me and something that takes as little as 10 minutes a day.

If I can find something that works for me and start doing it, then you can as well. In this article we go over what is meditation, how it helps you, and the various forms of meditation you can choose from, from the point of view of a complete beginner.

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Meditation can be defined as the practice of focusing one’s mind to achieve stillness and tranquillity. The point of this is to achieve a state of relaxation, inner calm, and spiritual transcendence.

What is Meditation?

Meditation can be defined as the practice of focusing one’s mind to achieve stillness and tranquillity. The point of this is to achieve a state of relaxation, inner calm, and spiritual transcendence.

That is it, in a nutshell. When you meditate, in whatever way, shape, or form you choose to do so, you are trying to reach a particular state where you mind is totally blank. You’re not thinking about anything at all.

There are no worries about the day ahead or the day gone by, no random thoughts, no list of errands to run, absolutely nothing.

There is a reason why many people advocate meditation for spiritual purposes and that’s because when you reach that completely calm state of mind, that is where the magic happens.

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The Benefits of Meditation

Okay, so let me elaborate a little more on why meditation is so important and what the benefits are of achieving that inner stillness.

 Benefits of Meditation

Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

The first one is also the most obvious one to me and that is the spiritual benefits because let me tell you, my friend, those benefits are vast.

But let’s back up a bit. The reason I started meditating was because I know that it’s so important for chakra healing, energy health, communicating with Spirit, and learning more about one’s soul.

And that’s all completely true! Meditation is not just helpful but vital for initiating the process of ascension, developing psychic abilities, and finding the truth that lies at your core being.

How does it do that? Actually, it’s pretty simple. It all boils down to the fact that when you have managed to silence your mind, your ego is out of the way. There ain’t anything going on up there in that head of yours.

What happens then? It opens the way for Spirit to make itself known and it allows you to notice the doorways to the beyond. It allows you to access the angelic realm, other dimensions, information about your own soul origin and history, and much more.

These are doorways that are inbuilt into you. They’re part of your factory settings, so to speak, and when you meditate it’s like finding an awesome app on your phone that you had no idea existed before and was at the bottom of your apps list but is the bomb.

The ability to access the ‘app’ of your soul and the world of Spirit has always been there. It’s just that you were too busy using all kinds of other apps related to your day to day human functioning that you forgot that this master app even existed.

At first you may not experience much but if you start a practice of daily meditation and start getting familiar with how your own inner self feels, you will start experiencing more and more until you initiate a shift into higher consciousness and ascend.

Physical Benefits of Meditation

Now let’s get into the physical benefits because meditation is helpful in a lot of ways besides for the obvious spiritual ones.

First of all, I just want to state that this article is meant to be a brief overview written in user-friendly language. It’s not meant to be an academic report about this topic so I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail just give you the main points.

Right, well now that that’s out of the way let’s get into it. Here are some research-backed physical benefits of meditation:

  • Reduction in stress.
  • Improvement of stress-related conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, PTSD, and fibromyalgia.
  • Increased ability in the brain to process information.
  • Reduction in age-related memory loss.
  • Possible reduction in blood pressure.
  • Reduction of inflammation

Again, bear in mind that this is just meant to give you an idea.


Meditation is not just helpful but vital for initiating the process of ascension, developing psychic abilities, and finding the truth that lies at your core being.

Mental Benefits of Meditation

In my opinion, meditation definitely does help a lot in terms of bettering your state of mind. I’ll give you an example.

When I was planning my wedding I had a full on stress-related burnout and breakdown a mere 2 weeks before my wedding day. The whole time period leading up to my wedding was one of the most awful and stressful in my life, and that is a HUGE understatement.

During that time, meditation and unplugging from the chaos around me was like my sole lifeline. It is the one thing that kept me going for as long as I did.

In the end, I did ground to a halt and suffered from a breakdown, but if I hadn’t had my meditation this would have happened earlier and maybe I would not have had the strength to make it down the aisle on the date we originally planned.

It’s not just me saying this here. There has been research conducted into the psychological effects of meditation.

Generally, research has found that meditation helps with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Emotional Benefits of Meditation

There are several emotional benefits of meditation as well, besides for what I said about anxiety and depression.

There is evidence that meditation may increase positive feelings towards yourself and others. So, it promotes self-love and love for others.

This is not a new thing. This is actually what happens when you connect to the loving, all-pervading, source energy. Your whole consciousness ascends from small, ego-based, and fearful to vast, unity-based, and loving.

My experience is that your heart chakra starts out green, then shifts and you start to see pink in the centre, and then finally you unlock the highest level. You start to see gold in the centre and experience universal love.

Another thing I have observed is that emotionally, you get better at letting things go and not letting everyday problems get to you so much.

That doesn’t mean that you don’t ever feel anger, frustration, fear, worry, etc, only that you are able to release those negative emotions from your mind-body-spirit ecosystem.

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Different Types of Meditation

Now that we have covered the what and why of it all, let’s finally talk about how to meditate! As I said before, there are several different ways you can practice meditation. It’s not a one size fits all kind of deal.

One thing I want to state is that I am a very no-nonsense, keep it simple, kind of gal so I’m not going to throw jargon at you. I don’t like complicated words.

I’m just going to list out some different methods you can try, written from my own personal perspective, and by the way some of them do kind of overlap.

Okay, so go through the below points and pick one to try out that you feel might suit you. And feel free to try out more than one if you are not sure!

 Types of Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

I’m sure you’ve heard of the term mindfulness before. The Oxford English Dictionary defines mindfulness as: “A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique”

The whole idea of this is to focus on and pay attention to your breath and bodily sensations. Youu slow down and focus on the present moment. This is a form of meditation that anyone can do.

All you do is sit in a comfortable position keeping your spine straight, close your eyes, and pay attention to the air flowing in and out of your lungs.

One thing I head about is the 7 seconds rule. You take a deep breath, hold it in for 7 seconds, and then exhale.

So focus on the breath and just become aware of how your body feels. And that is all!

Mindfulness is something that doesn’t necessarily mean breathing. You can practice mindfulness at work, in the train, etc. Just stop and focus on your body and breath to clear your mind. You can keep your eyes open too so you don’t look like a weirdo in the train!

Visualisations

To be honest, mindfulness meditations have their place but I myself prefer visualisations. Why is that? Because clairvoyance is one of my strongest psychic channels.

I’m a really visual person and I believe that everyone has a style of meditation perfectly suited to them based on their dominant learning style and sense.

If you’re a really visual person, like me, then you will enjoy visualisations as well.

Here’s what you do. You sit or lie down comfortably, close your eyes, and imagine something. For example, you could imagine yourself at a beach, and be fully present in that internal vision.

That is just one example. Most of the meditations in my articles and materials are visualisations. I ask you to listen to some calming audio and picture something.

For example, in the case of grounding, I ask you to imagine a golden cord (or roots of a tree) going down from your heart, through the soles of your feet, and all the way down into the earth’s core.

That’s a visualisation. They’re amazing for developing clairvoyance. I started out with chakra visualisations (imagining I’m under a waterfall and that the water is washing my chakras) and grounding. Now, I start with something like that and after I’ve connected then I visit with my guides or travel to other far away places in the cosmos.

It’s my thing, it really works for me, and it’s pretty easy to do.

Sound Healing

This is another form of meditation that I really resonate with because I am also strongly clairaudient and in the physical world I’m sensitive to sound.

This one is super easy because there is no ‘work’ involved on your part. You can literally search for any meditation track on YouTube and listen to it. I often go for 432hz or 528hz.

You just close your eyes while sitting or lying down comfortably and listen. Don’t think about anything, just listen.

For me, I do both visualisations and sound healing. So, while I’m doing a visualisation I’ll be listening to one of my fave meditation tracks to help me alone.

I can meditate without audio and I’ve done it while on an airplane even but I resonate a lot with sound healing and it helps me to get into a meditative state of mind faster.

Any kind of audio will do, by the way, doesn’t have to be a dedicated meditation track. You can listen to nature sounds or even evocative epic music. Any sound that speaks to your soul. I’m an Elven starseed so sometimes I like to listen to Celtic fantasy music because, like I said, it speaks to my soul.

Guided Meditations

Alright, so guided meditations are basically an overlap of visualisations and sound healing, sort of like what I do. The only difference is that someone else does the ‘work’ for you and instructions you to visualise something in particular while some calming music plays in the background.

This is perfect for beginners and this is how I started. Those chakra meditations and grounding meditations I told you about? They were guided!

All I had to do was listen to someone walk me through the steps as I followed along in my mind. It’s so easy! I highly recommend it for the beginner.

Once you’ve done it enough you can follow the same process without a guiding voice. You can listen to audio only and do the meditation 100% by yourself.

Mantra Meditation

Mantra meditation is basically chanting. This is what my parents do. They sit in the lotus position, focus on their breath, and chant a particular mantra.

This one is also good for sound-sensitive people or people who have strong voices, like singers for example.

You start off by focusing on your breath, just like I described in the mindfulness section, and then you slowly and purposefully say a particular word aloud, putting all your intention behind it.

For example, you can choose to say the chakra sounds, like ‘om’ for the third eye. Just say it aloud slowly, mindfully, and repeatedly. You could choose to go through all the chakra sounds to heal your chakras.

Another thing you could do is chant affirmations in the same way or other words like “be still” or “release”. The choice of word is up to you really but anything done with intention is powerful so choose your words carefully!

Movement Meditation

This is perfect for people who feel like they cannot sit still or for people who are very physical and sensation based.

What is movement meditation? Movement meditation covers things like yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. Any type of mindful activity that involves movement.

This doesn’t necessarily need to be a kind of yoga or martial arts, by the way. You can even do a walking meditation.

My husband is great at walking meditations, or mindful walking. It doesn’t come easy to me, but according to him, all you do is look at your surroundings as you take a walk, letting the sensory information come in but not thinking about it or processing it in any way.

Ideally you would do this in nature. And by ‘nature’ I don’t mean that you have to go hiking. If you like hiking, great, otherwise you can practice mindful walking by the sea, or in a garden. It’s up to you!

Tea Meditation and Other Types of Meditation

Any practice that is done mindfully, in a way that lets you focus, while cultivating a tranquil mind is a form of meditation.

Tea meditation is drinking tea mindfully. That involves brewing yourself a nice cup of tea, smelling it, feeling the warmth of the cup, and drinking it slowly. As you drink the tea focus on the sensation of the warm tea flowing through your body.

The same idea can be applied to anything. Even ironing clothes, cleaning, applying makeup and skincare, or making coffee. I’m serious here!

I did my own makeup for my wedding and the process of applying the makeup was so very calming to me. Why? Because my mind was totally blank as I focused upon the task of applying makeup. It’s a manual activity not a mental one and that’s the key.

To give you another example, my favourite author Brandon Sanderson talks about how in his college days he worked as a barista and how it was amazing for writing. During the day his hands were busy on the manual task of making coffee while his mind was in a state of calm and free to receive inspiration and ideas.

Even showering is a form of meditation when you just focus on the warm water cleansing your body and think of nothing. Haven’t you ever gotten great ideas in the shower? It’s because you went into a meditative state and your mind was free to be inspired and receive psychic or mediumistic information.

Literally anything can be a form of meditation so don’t feel restricted in any way!

Try out more than one if you’re not sure and choose the form of meditation that best helps you reach a completely tranquil state of mind quickly and with minimal effort.

And remember that how long you do it for is completely up to you! When I meditate I usually go for around 20 minutes before I naturally ‘wake up’.

Do you resonate with any of these types of meditation? I’d love to know!

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