Meditation: Where to Start?

In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, finding a moment of peace can seem like a distant dream. Enter meditation – the ancient practice that promises to bring serenity to your chaotic existence. But where do you start? Fear not, fellow seekers of calm; this blog post is your go-to guide on embarking on the enlightening journey of meditation.

First things first, let's talk about the unsung hero of meditation: the meditation cushion. Not just a squishy accessory, this plushy pillow is your golden ticket to comfort during meditation. Picture this: you, cozily perched on your cushion, like a zen master on a cloud, ready to conquer the noisy world with a serene mind.

how to meditation with a cushion

Find a cushion that speaks to your sitting style – firm or plush, high or low – and let it be your meditation companion.

Now, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of meditation itself. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and dive into the soothing sea of mindfulness. Yes, it sounds like a cliché, but trust me, it works wonders. Start small – a mere five minutes can do the trick. Gradually, you can extend the duration as you become the Jedi of your own mind.

But what exactly should you do during the five minute meditation?

Good question! Meditation is not about zoning out; it's about zoning in. Focus on your breath. Inhale slowly, exhale even slower. Feel the air filling your lungs and then leaving your body. It's like a mini-vacation for your mind, without the hassle of packing bags. Remember: Each time your mind wanders away, bring it back to the physical sensation of breathing.

Floor cushions for meditation

Distractions are the arch-nemesis of meditation.

They come in all forms – be it a buzzing phone, a barking dog, or the never-ending to-do list in your head. Fear not, dear meditator, for a few simple tricks can help you ignore these distractions.

  • Find a quiet spot
  • Mute your phone
  • Set a timer
  • Get comfy
  • Focus to your breath

Now, let's address the elephant in the room – sitting still. To many people, the thought of sitting like a statue for even a minute seems like a Herculean task. That's where the magic of a good meditation cushion comes into play. Position yourself comfortably, cross-legged or on your knees – whatever floats your relaxation boat. The right cushion cradles your posterior, making the seemingly endless minutes of stillness surprisingly bearable.

Once you start to sit for longer than 10 minutes, think about adding a Zabuton under your meditation cushion. What's a Zabuton, you ask? It's a large, mat that cushions your feet and ankles when sitting cross-legged or kneeling. It makes a world of difference.

Zabuton meditation mat

Remember, meditation is a journey, not a destination.

Be patient with yourself. Some days, your mind might resemble a monkey on caffeine; other days, it might feel like a tranquil lake. Embrace both, and don't be too hard on yourself. Just continue to come back to your breath whenever you notice you are distracted.

My fellow seekers of serenity, meditation is your passport to a calmer, more collected you. Grab your trusty meditation cushion, find a peaceful nook, and embark on this delightful journey within. It's time to meditate your way to a happier, healthier you!

March 11, 2024 — Shelley Gordon

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