Want to Meditate But Not Sure How? Here Are 6 Tips to Get Started.

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We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation — lower stress levels, more focus, increased self awareness, better sleep. But actually doing it — and doing it right — can be a challenge.

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Or so we think. It turns out meditation isn’t as hard as many of us make it out to be. Follow these 6 simple techniques to make meditation a regular part of your routine — no experience necessary!

Start small.

Don’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to sit in stillness for an hour a day. It’s not easy and five minutes is enough to start feeling the benefits. Begin with a challenging but achievable practice schedule and increase the duration as your comfort level grows.

Use a guide.

You don’t have to go it alone! There’s no shame in starting with a guided meditation soundtrack or video to ease yourself into the practice. YouTube videos and smart phone apps are great resources for this. Once finding stillness becomes more natural for you, you can graduate to self-guided meditation.

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G. H. was raised in Minnesota, but currently calls Seattle her home. She's a blogger, editor, and journalist, and she's written everything from news reports to restaurant reviews. If she's not putting pen to paper, G. H. is probably experimenting in the kitchen, chilling out on her yoga mat, or running through a city park.