7 Tips for a Meditation Beginner

7 Tips for a Meditation Beginner

If you’re just getting started, having some tips for a meditation beginner from the pros can be super helpful. Kicking off your meditation journey is exciting but can also be a bit tricky.

When you’re new to this, it’s totally normal to hit some bumps in the road and question if you’re doing it ‘right’. Trust me, everyone’s been there.

I’ve been meditating pretty regularly for a couple of years now, and I try to stay mindful as much as I can throughout the day. Even so, I still feel like I’m very much a beginner. And we’re all learning and growing at our own pace.

Meditation beginnerSo, I thought it might be nice to speak to some Mindfulness and Meditation aficionados, (one is a meditation teacher and two of them have been meditating for over thirty years!),

I asked them, “What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in meditation or mindfulness?”

I’ve summarised their replies below. I hope they’re helpful to you 🙂


7 Tips for a Meditation beginner


“Don’t worry if your mind wanders, it happens to everyone. I spent some time with a Tibetan Buddhist monk a few years back and he told me that even he finds it difficult sometimes to hold focus.
The main objective with meditation, should be to open your heart to whatever it is you’re exploring. When you notice your mind has drifted off, just gently bring it back to your breath.
Don’t judge yourself harshly. A wandering mind is completely natural, in fact by berating yourself every time you lose focus, you’ll create the very stress you’re trying to dispel. Be kind to yourself and accept what is.”


“One thing I would share with a mindfulness beginner is that becoming mindful is not about reaching a state of bliss. I think many people have the impression that people who meditate are looking for their own nirvana, but this really isn’t true.
The practice of meditation and indeed mindfulness generally, is about living in this moment, because it’s the only thing we have any control over. It’s about caring for ourselves through ever changing experiences and through whatever arises.”


“The best advice I can give, is to use guided meditations for as long as you need. There seems to be this unwritten ‘law’ that says, meditation should be about the things that are relevant to your life and a guided meditation can be distracting. But, guided meditations can assist beginners to keep focused and find out what feels good in their body and mind.
The most important thing to remember if you’re using a guided meditation, is to keep trying. There are thousands of different ones available, so don’t give up if the first one you try doesn’t work for you. Try different ones until you find something that does.”


“My advice would be to develop patience. The world we live in today pushes us to expect immediate results. Everyone seems to want a ‘magic pill’ that’ll solve their life issues in 48 hours, etc. If you can develop a attitude of patience, you’ll find the world around you is a wonderful place filled with beauty.
Also, being patient will develop a level of compassion and understanding towards others, by giving pause to consider how others may be feeling at that moment.”


“You can’t do it wrong. One of the most common concerns I hear from beginners is ‘am I doing it right?’.
My answer is always the same… ‘You can’t do it wrong’
If you spend a few minutes, relaxed and quiet, free of distractions, or at least having only calming thoughts, you’re meditating. So, unless you’re following a structured path, or you are trying to apply a strict approach to your meditation, I don’t believe you can do it wrong.
Over time, you’ll find an approach that works best for you, but in the meantime, you’re doing it just fine.”


“I would say, don’t judge your meditation sessions. Just accept that whatever happened was your experience of that particular meditation. Your mind will wander, sometimes a lot, but that’s your experience.
Remember to just be. Always be gentle with yourself and don’t have any expectations. Whatever happens, happens.”



“My top tip would be, don’t get dragged down into specifics. What I mean by that, is depending what you read, or who you speak to, you’ll often be told things like.. ‘You should meditate every day for at least 30 minutes’, or ‘While you’re meditating, your mind should be clear’, etc. But, this isn’t the real world.
Your mind will wander, you probably don’t have 30 minutes each day to meditate. The good news is you can meditate pretty much anywhere at any time… on the bus, on the train, for a few minutes during your lunch break, etc.
The key to success, is finding a time that works with your schedule and also, what type of meditation practice fits in best with your life. So, keep experimenting until you find what works for you.”


Final Thoughts

So, in summary, the top advice from experts is…

  1. Don’t worry about a wandering mind, everybody has one,
  2. Try to live in the moment,
  3. Use guided meditations for as long as you need,
  4. Be patient,
  5. You can’t do it wrong,
  6. Don’t judge yourself harshly and finally,
  7. Meditation ‘is what it is’, so be okay with that.

If I was asked the question, even though I’m still learning myself, my answer would be…

“The best practice, is the one you do. It’s easy in the beginning to become dejected and give up because you don’t think anything is changing.
Give it time. The benefits of both mindfulness generally and meditation in particular seem to me to be cumulative. So any meditation you can do is going to be worthwhile, whether it’s 2 minutes, or 2 hours… it all counts.”

So, treat meditation as an experience to be enjoyed, rather than a task to be completed. And if you have any issues, I’m always here to try and help. You just have to ask 🙂

Allocate a little bit of time every day to just relax and be you for a while. It makes a huge difference.



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