Get Started with Mindfulness and Meditation

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This is one of the most common questions I get asked.

“I want to try meditation, but I just don’t know where to start. What should I try first?”

Research shows that mindfulness and meditation can have a real positive affect on our lives. It can:

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • improve our focus and lengthen our attention span
  • improve sleep and reduce blood pressure
  • enhance self awareness
  • improve our physical health
  • provide us with a more positive outlook and generate kindness.

There are many other benefits to mindfulness and meditation, but the problem facing a lot of people is not knowing where to start. There are just so many different resources out there, that we can be overwhelmed and stop our journey before it even begins.

This can be so frustrating, knowing there is something you want to start because you know it can improve your life, and those around you, but you don’t know where to turn first.

It may even be the case that you tried meditating once and it didn’t work for you. Maybe you tried the wrong thing first and became disheartened? Maybe you unknowingly when straight in at the deep end and found it too overwhelming?

Perhaps you simply thought that mindfulness and meditation could be good for you, but you were put off by the misconceptions that meditating is all about the ‘oms’ and sitting on top of a mountain somewhere in Tibet?

Maybe you simply think that it is not something that you can fit into your busy daily life?

Regardless of any of these situations, you still have a desire to give meditating a good go, to see if you too can utilise all the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. You know that by overcoming whatever it is that’s preventing you from starting your journey, you too can enjoy your life; feeling happier, healthier, more focused and creative.

Well, because one of our aims here at HuckleberryGrove.com is to provide you with information to help you live your best life. I have conducted some research into some online beginners courses that hopefully you find useful. I’ve pulled out some key information to help you in identifying what might work best for you and hopefully start you on your meditation journey.

Master Your Mind – Beginners Meditation

Duration

It’s a 5 week online course consisting of 35 daily videos. At first glance this may seem a bit daunting but the sessions are only approx. 15-20 minutes long so not too much of a commitment. Plus you have to remember, meditating is something you should want to practice daily so it’s about establishing it as a habit.

Structure

The online course consists of 5 separate weekly parts and each of the weeks you progress through different kinds of meditation techniques. If you already know or prefer a type of meditation then this might not be for you, but if you want to try different ways to meditate, this could be a good opportunity to try various types and work out what you prefer. The meditation types you go through on this course are:

  • Counting Breaths
  • Breathing sensations
  • Mantra
  • Chakra (probably my favourite when it comes to meditating, but you need to find yours)
  • Love Kindness
Accessability

This online course is accessible online or by mobile, meaning that if you miss a day, you can simply pick up from where you left off, at your own pace. You do not lose any sessions because you were unable to meditate on any of the days.

The course also provides techniques to help you integrate meditation into your daily life.

Additional Resources
  • access to a private forum
  • 60 day email support
  • access to a supportive community of mediators.
Guarantee

This online course has a 30 day full money back guarantee.

Cost

The course costs $97, but they do have a discount that appears on the site. The discount reduces the cost to $77 if you purchase within 3 hours of visiting the site. If you are wondering about how to purchase in US dollars, because you have a different native currency, don’t worry, the site takes care of current conversion rates etc.

You can find further details on the course by clicking the button below.

Mindfulness Daily

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Duration

This online course consists of 40 complete lessons each containing a short talk and guided meditation each running for approx. 10-15 minutes.

Structure

The Mindfulness Daily course focuses on essential mindfulness practices. There are 4 segments to this online course:

  1. Mindful Basics
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Resilience, Healing and Inner Freedom
  4. Mindful Living
ACCESSIBILITY

This course can be accessed through a free to download app which means you can access it where ever you have your phone.

It’s accessible online or by mobile, meaning that if you miss a day, you can simply pick up from where you left off, at your own pace. You do not lose any sessions because you were unable to meditate on any of the days.

The course also provides techniques to help you integrate meditation into your daily life.

GUARANTEE

This course has a 100% money back guarantee that is valid for 1 year from purchase.

Cost

The cost of this course is currently discounted from $97 to $37. If you are wondering about how to purchase in US dollars, because you have a different native currency, don’t worry, the site takes care of current conversion rates etc.

You can find further details on the course by clicking the button below.

Meditation Cushions

Now meditation cushions are not essential for meditating. Truth be told you can meditate wherever you want really, as long as it’s quite and free from distraction.

Sometimes I meditate on the couch, a comfortable chair and even in bed. Although I must warn you here, when I meditate in bed for longer than around 25 minutes I do have a tendency to fall asleep!

I prefer to meditate sat cross legged on the floor as it helps me to feel grounded. I kept running into the same issue however that when I meditate like this for longish periods I get pins and needles in my feet – not as young as I used to be right.

So I purchased a cushion that allows me to sit cross legged but take the pressure off my legs and feet.

Below is the cushion I currently use. Click on the image for further information.