Advice For Beginners

Welcome to Meditation Instructions – an easy way to teach yourself to meditate online.

Just like exercise or learning a new language, you do not need to be of any particular faith to meditate.

Meditation is simply a series of techniques that let you see the world naturally. Its benefits are currently being discovered by science, and includes healing, removing stress, higher levels of achievement, ease overcoming difficulties, and greater happiness.

At its most profound, meditation can lead to the ultimate goal of “enlightenment”, or complete wisdom.

Meditation is easy enough for children to do, and challenging enough that – like any art – can take a lifetime. It can be amongst the most rewarding things you can do.

We are collecting a series of simple guides on all the major meditation techniques. Just by exploring each one, you should be able to get a good overview of the major types of meditation, and how they interrelate and work together.

If it is your first time, we suggest starting at the first one – breathing meditation – and trying some of the others to see which you enjoy most.

If you run into problems or questions, use our FAQ, or Troubleshooting Guide, to overcome any common obstacles.

Basic Tips

  • Start small – perhaps 5 minutes a day – and gradually increase your time as you find it easy.
  • Pick a regular time of the day to meditate. Anchoring meditation to another activity (eg. after your morning coffee) will help make it a welcome habit.
  • Don’t be in a hurry. Six months is a reasonable amount of time for you to start feeling comfortable meditating. No spectacular “progress” is required to be meditating properly.
  • Be kind to yourself. You do not need to force yourself into painful positions, or
  • Do not try to “calm the mind”, or stop all thoughts. This is a common misunderstanding. Meditation is about acceptance, and that includes the existence of thoughts. Read more to understand further how to control your mind wisely.
  • Get company! Join a local meditation group – there should be free classes in most cities. Meditating with others – even if just once every week or month – will support your practice immesurably.
  • Read more about posture, creating a space, and other tips in our eBook, which is an easy, step-by-step guide to progress quickly in your meditation. You can also read some of those tips here.

A good book is invaluable for encouragement and in-depth guidance. We have a book list, which is made up of the books most recommended as useful by others.