How to start your meditation journey

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What do we call meditation? Meditation is the conscious observation of the present. What does this mean? It means three things:

  1. You need to be present, which means that your mind must focus on the present while meditating. Not in the past. Not in the future.
  2. You need to be conscious about what you see, hear, think or feel.
  3. Thirdly, it is observation. As long as you consciously observe something that happens at the present moment, you can call it a meditation experience.

Many people find it hard to start their meditation journey due to their lack of understanding of these three things: Consciousness, Observation, and Presence. If one of these three is missing, it is hard to call it meditation.

Another thing that makes it hard for many people to meditate is that they try to experience more advanced meditation techniques than they can handle. So, how can you quickly start your meditation journey and avoid situations like these?

The answer is straightforward. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Choose a place where you want to meditate. It can be at your house, but choosing a place near nature is much better.
  2. Leave your eyes open.
  3. Look around you. Listen around you. Smell and feel whatever it is around you. See every detail around you. What are the colors around you? How do they blend or fade? What shapes have the objects around you? See whatever you didn’t see so far. Notice whatever you didn’t notice so far.

Do the same with the sounds, the smell, with everything. Try to listen for details. Notice the scent around you. Where does it come from? How strong is it? Feel the wind on your skin (if there is any wind).

Do this consciously for a couple of minutes every day. If you do this, it would be best to focus on what you observe. Don’t judge. Just observe.

This post was about the first step you must take to enter the world of meditation smoothly. Practice this a couple of times before you try to look inside you. Before you go any deeper, you must understand how to become present fully.

Fotis Tampas (De Tao).

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