Tips for Your First Meditation Class
Starting Your Meditation Journey
Meditation classes in Brisbane are a lot more accessible than they used to be. It’s now easier than ever to learn the benefits of daily practice and start your meditation journey. However, you can’t reach enlightenment in a day, and as they say, you must learn to walk before you can run.
It’s important to first attend a meditation class to learn the various options for meditating and how to practice before potentially doing it on your own, this way you will get the most out of the experience. If you’re about to start attending meditation classes in Brisbane, have a read of these tips so you can fully enjoy the benefits.
Don’t focus too hard
Coming into meditation, you may think you need to have razor-sharp focus and fully clear your mind. Meditation shouldn’t be draining or stressful or rigid. The ‘goal’ of mediation isn’t to clear your mind, it’s an exploration of the self and your emotions. It’s okay to just relax and initially just practice being present.
Check-in with your feelings
Before starting a session, take a minute or two to assess how you’re feeling. If you’re attending meditation classes in Brisbane, it’s safe to say the stress of the city may be affecting you. What’s the state of your mind? Anxious? Tired? Before starting to meditate, see that it’s all right to feel whatever you’re feeling and learn to accept it as okay to feel that way.
Come back when you wander
People have thoughts, that’s a given, and in meditation, your mind may start to wander and latch onto these passing thoughts. That’s completely okay! If you do feel your mind start to wander, try some simple techniques to refocus including focusing on your breath, feeling and imagining you can see your lungs expanding and contracting as you breathe, or counting to ten before starting again at one.
Don’t get discouraged
Nobody is perfect at everything instantly. One of the main tenets of meditation is to focus on the process, not the outcome. If your mind wanders or you can’t sit still, that’s okay. Your focus will gradually improve, it’s important to not be discouraged if you can’t see immediate results.
The benefits of meditation are found when you commit to regular practice. Meditation classes in Brisbane usually offer a series of classes or a 6-week course, as it’s important to continue practising and find a type of meditation that suits your lifestyle. Don’t get discouraged and try to add just 5 minutes of meditation into your morning or evening schedule.
If you are located in Murarrie, Cannon Hill, Morningside, Balmoral, or Tingalpa, stop by our yoga studio at 16 Queensport Road South, Murarrie.