Meditation 101: The Beginner's Guide To How, What & Why

By Sam Negrin

If meditation feels intimidating to you, you're not alone. For most of us, the ability to stay in motion, break a sweat and move to the beat of music comes much more naturally than sitting in stillness for 10+ minutes. Our goal for 2018 was to incorporate more stillness and ~slow~ self-care into our daily lives, which means more meditation, breathing exercises, and maybe even more baths 😇. We caught up with the Tal Rabinowitz, CEO & Founder of The DEN Meditation, a meditation studio in Los Angeles, to learn about every facet of meditation to help us start.

First, Tal explains the WHY. It's said that meditation can truly change your life for the better... in every aspect. Watch below to get Tal's take:

The benefits of meditation:

  1. You get to know yourself: get in touch with your intuition and decision-making.
  2. You feel healthier: be more aware of your body and it's needs versus wants.
  3. You feel more energized: you can walk through the day with clear energy.
  4. You're calmer: You can approach more from a broader, less argumentative point of view.
  5. You feel connected: You're in touch with the world around you.

Now that you understand WHY you should start a meditation practice, Tal shares 5 ways you can ~really~ begin one. These are accessible tips to make sure you get it in for at least 5 minutes per day. Take a look:

5 Ways To Begin A Meditation Practice:

  1. Schedule it. Set aside time each day.
  2. Find space. Somewhere you have the least distractions.
  3. Start small. Two minutes is a great start!
  4. Be easy and kind to yourself. This is a no judgement zone!
  5. Change your point of view. Take each moment as it comes, it's your own time.

So now you've decided to commit to your meditation practice, but WHAT do you even do?! Tal breaks down the perfect step-by-step guide to follow when you finally sit down in your stress-free zone. "Breathing to me is the best and easiest way to get in," says Tal. Watch below:

A Simple Beginner Meditation Technique

  1. Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths to relax
  2. Give yourself an "anchor", something to focus on to help with chatter in your head
  3. Breathe and count simultaneously, 1-2-3 inhale and 1-2-3 exhale
  4. If you find yourself thinking about other things, it's OK! Go back to your anchor and start counting
  5. Don't get stuck on counting one specific way, let it transform so that you can detach and transcend

Visit DEN Meditation if you're in Los Angeles, and let us know how your meditation practice is going on Instagram @leaftv!