Meditation For The Beginners

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This post will give an overview of what it is like to be in the beginning stages of meditation, where you can learn to meditate and the type of path you follow to attain mastery. In addition I describe well known and least known benefits of meditation.

After looking around at the various offerings for meditation courses, that would suit beginners and those with some experience of meditation I stumbled upon Giovanni Dienstmann course and decided to sign up almost immediately.

I was awed by his writing and his obvious understanding of human nature. His writing is deep, generous and enlightening. This was a man I wanted to learn from, this was a man who I could trust with my time and confidence.

The initial five days were slow but deliberately so. We are advised to not be overly ambitious when learning to meditate. The first thing we are taught is how to build the habit of meditation into your life. And how to do it simply. The first few days we are taught to breathe meditate. Each day is accompanied by professional video and mp3 and pdf download. It highlights the goals for the day as well as how to do the exercises. It is accompanied by articles that you can read in your spare time and quotations that inspire. The contents of the meditation course is here

An Example Of Breathing Meditation

This is a very simple exercise envouraged and taught in the beginning stages of meditation. Breathe in deeply and hold for one second then breathe out slowly. Do this for twenty times. Count each breath as you breathe out only. I find this exercise invigorating. No doubt it is because we automatically increase our intake of oxygen as we perform this simple breathing meditation excercise.

I loved the process and attention to detail the course provided. On about the third day I felt as if I were an intimidated Cinderella attempting to step out of a darkened closet into the light. The darkened closet of course is my chattering mind and the light is the present moment. Why is that? I suppose it’s because my mind was and still is used to the chatter to a large extent. Unfortunately the chatter is also energy sapping and deprives you of the ability to think as clearly as you would otherwise. The chatter only serves to keep you chained to an ingrained way of thinking. I knew I wanted to experience more of what Giovanni Dienstmann was offering and what was that?

■☆ Benefits of meditation
■☆ An increased clarity of mind
■☆ Increased peace of mind
■☆ Release from anger and frustration
■☆ The ability to let go of emotional wounds and stress

In fact the benefits are limitless and unquantifiable. I will give you a sneak peak of some of the content a bit later on.

The well known benefits of meditation i have already spoken about in mindfulness and mefitation post, to summarise these include…..

But there are other less well known benefits of meditation

■☆ Meditation is an anti ageing tool!
■☆ Meditation increases overall happiness and contentment
■☆ Meditation enhances your immune system
■☆ Meditation assists in the recovery of addiction.

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■☆ Meditation also reduces are self limiting beliefs! I will share a short story with a very inciteful moral.

Have you ever heard the story of The Elephant and the Rope

“Once there was a woman who was passing by some huge elephants,
who were only secured by a tiny rope.

She asked the trainer… Why are they tied to such a tiny rope, why
don’t they just break free?

The trainer smiled and explained that the elephants are trained by
being tied to this rope from an early age, back then they could not
break free from this rope, so they learned to stop trying.”

The moral of this story is…yes we may have failed before, but that does not mean we will always fail, Life is a learning experience, full of opportunities for growth. Without failure we could never grow as individuals.

Meditation helps us to eliminate the “pain of failure” not that it stops failure, but your mind and body no longer feels the emotional experience as deeply and harshly. Instead meditation smoothes out the emotional extremes as it were, your mind is more at peace and calm about the whole affair/situation regardless of “failure”.  Meditation is the difference between being sucked under in difficult emotional times or remaining cool under pressure.

The chart below gives you a great insight into how you will build mastery of your mind through meditation. There is a simple exercise each day which takes minutes to complete. Because the exercises are do simple. You do feel a sense of accomplishment each day. The excercise very  gradually become longer and new skills are incorporated slowly. These are always fun to do and feedback is encouraged.

A great meditation for the beginners course takes you by the hand and builds up a variety of different types of meditation practices. You then choose the practice which you are most in tune with. It does not take years to build your practice and see the benefits. The speed of your mind development depends on your willingness to commit to a few minutes per day following the really very simple instructions given.

You can see noticeable and fantastic changes within yourself within 8 weeks, and see small changes within a few days.

I have talked about mind hacks such as visualisation and positive affirmation in other posts which do have their place and serve us well. However the creme de la creme of mind development and mastery of the subconscious mind lies in your ability to learn the skills of meditation. This is like a fire insurance policy, if difficult times strike you will be in a better place to handle them.  If difficult times do not strike you will have gained more clarity and the health benefits as described above. Give yourself the daily gift of presence and peace the way life should always be.

32 Comments on “Meditation For The Beginners”

  1. One of my biggest problems is that my brain never stops working, without even realising I am constantly thinking about anything and everything. This quite often affects my sleeping which is something I can’t afford to lose. The more I read about meditation the more I think that it would really help me! Thanks for the push!

  2. Hello, firstly I would like to commend you for taken the time to write such an informative article. I have always struggled with that art of meditation as most times I allow myself get distracted by one thing or another. It’s been a struggle trying to perform a satisfying meditation. Seeing this post now feels like you have just made the whole thing easy for me and very achievable. Thanks

  3. Excellent article, I use to make yoga and meditate as well. I am sure you know Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Yogananda, They have been my spiritual guru for a long time.

    Meditation is essential, especially for people like us that work with computers / social media. Breath in and breath out every morning could be a healthy way to get relaxing before we all start the day.

  4. This is an awesome information on meditation I’m glad I came across this article, because it has helped me know a lot of benefits of meditation and how to go about it as a beginner. This article is a must read for everyone and I will take it upon myself to rebroadcast. Thanks for sharing this information and educative post.

  5. Hey Ann,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this article as you’ve provided us with tonnes of valuable information on Meditation. I personally tend to think that there is no other way you can enter that word of peacefulness without doing meditation. As mentioned in the article, ever since I started doing meditation with consistency, I started to look 4-5 years younger in just a couple of months. This peaceful practice can surely do some miracles for you.

    Thanks a lot for taking your precious time in writing this blog. Keep up the good work Ann!

  6. Meditation is really awesome and you are absolutely right about its benefits. I have meditated myself and although I have not experienced everything good about it but I what I am sure of is that it really works and can be used for better health if done the right way.

    With your description of the Giovanni Dienstman course, it sure seems it has a lot to offer. This is the first time hearing about it and this post has made me to be more curious with it which would lead me into checking it out.

  7. Hi there

    This post is really educating. I have known the huge advantage of meditating almost all my life. But it has been always hard to put it into practice. I get easily distracted. Putting the tips on how to start in this post will really help me to start learning how to meditate. I think the breathing exercise will really help me. I will start taking it into cognizance now. Thank you for this info 

  8. Oh, how I have tried and failed on meditation. It is so hard to put my mind in peace. The harder I try, the worse it gets. I guess to have something I can focus on might be helpful. 

    How long does each session last for you? I used to try 20 minutes but always ended up with only 10.

    Thanks for sharing this. It might just inspire me to give meditation another try.

  9. Dear Ann,

    Thanks a lot for the helpful & informative post and I must say I found your post highly uplifting and educational.

    This post means a lot to me, I am from India and I believe you might be aware that meditation is very famous here but I am yet to learn it. To be honest “Learn Meditation” is on my to do list for many years.

    Your post is a greater help and can be used as a beginners guide and you have provided the reasons why we need to meditate as well which is inspiring. Breathing meditation is the one I am going to try from today thanks for the great insights. Great truth in the elephant and rope story.

    You have given me plenty to think about here. Your post is so thorough it opened my eyes to all sorts of information I wasn’t aware of!

    Much Success!


  10. Hi there, I just stumbled upon your article about meditation and thought I would offer my experience. I have only been meditating for a short while now and I have to admit that I haven’t really managed to do it on a daily basis. My immediate reaction to meditation is that I do find it very relaxing. But then I had something quite strange happened too!

    After only a few sessions of practising meditation I started to see bright colours and lights. I took this as being a bit of a spiritual awakening, but then something even stranger happened. Whilst in bed one night, I was just going to sleep and all of a sudden I was surrounded by bright colours and geometrical patterns and shapes. This was something of a life changing moment for me. Although some people will say that this was just a vivid dream, I know that it was more than that. I also know that it happened due to the meditation practices that I had started. 

    Have you ever experienced anything like this? 

    Thank you!


  11. I will love to take time to do the course on meditation by Giovanni Dietsmann which you read, enjoyed and learnt from. The benefits of meditation can not be over emphasized. Meditation is very helpful and it’s been helping me stay focused and always retrace my steps whenever I tends to get lost while chasing my dreams. I will love to go through the course

  12. Thanks for this informative post, in my opinion there is no prescribed minimum time in meditation. It’s perfectly okay to start small and ease yourself in with 2-minute or 5-minute meditations as you get used to meditating. Go at your own pace and try not to force yourself to do more than you’re comfortable with. Thanks for bringing this awesome post my way,  much appreciated. 

  13. Ann, I totally agree with what you’ve written and the benefits of meditation. 2 months ago, I attended a workshop on Emotional Resilience at Work organised by my company, and during the workshop, the trainer taught about mindfulness and a simple meditation technique. After the workshop, I practice mediation for a few weeks, starting with just 5 to 10 mins each time and sometimes I went as long as 30 mins. The results were awesome and I noticed some improvements in my mental and emotional health and I could focus better as well. Unfortunately, I stopped due to lack of discipline, but after reading your article, it motivated me to re-start mediation on a daily basis, even if it is only 5 to 10 mins a day.

    Once again, thank you for this wonderful article and I love it and I encourage other readers to try doing it themselves and experience the benefits of meditations.

  14. I absolutely love what I read in this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me.I totally agreed with your post about benefits of meditation,practicing of meditation has really helped me to go a long way in life. When failure occurs, we can only concur by our trained mind.Ireally gained on this article. Best regards 

  15. This is whole pleasant and helpful article on meditation. I really enjoy the tips in the article. What I actually sense that meditation is the things of the mind and brain but what really noticed is that the state of ones mind determines the level of meditation. I usually strive to perform an effective meditation often as I had many things running through my mind. But I really find these tips in the article really helpful, as some will really give me improvement in my meditation level.

  16. Hi,
    I have learned a lot after reading your article on Meditation for beginners. I usually practice breathing meditation for 10 minutes every morning. From this habit, I found the solution to my gastric problem. I love the chart of five weeks meditation process. I think that Your recommended meditation course will help me to be experts on this. I am going to check out this course soon. Thank you very much for writing this helpful informative article.

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