Getting Started

Guan Yin, Buddha of Compassion, sits on an open lotus in meditation.  She holds a vase filled with compassion.  This jade pendant always  touches my spirit, and my brain with the energy to get into a meditative state.  Jade has qi energy, and the white jade is related to the lung meridian.  White jade helps balance the lung meridian, physically to improve breathing, asthma, allergies; and emotionally to heal sadness and grief, and instill calmness of your spirit.  The green vein in the jade is related to the liver meridian, to balance feelings of anger and further calm your spirit.  When I hold this jade pendant, touch it, it's almost like a mini meditation session. 

You don't have an open lotus to sit on.  You don't have chimes, or metal bowls to "chime".  You don't even have a meditation cushion. And you think you don't have a quiet space, or the time to meditate.  But you want to do it. 

Give yourself 10 minutes.  You can set a timer, or use the timer on your smart phone to make a gentle chime or sound when 10 minutes is over.  Find a comfortable place to sit for 10 minutes.  I have a big pillow I put on the floor, and sit cross legged, but you can sit anywhere that allows you to sit straight with good posture, but also relax and be comfortable.  Close your eyes, or almost close them.  Breathe in extending your abdomen, pause, breathe out.  Focus on your breath, let thoughts, sounds, come and go.  If you feel tightness in your body, let it relax.  Don't "do" or "think" anything.  Enjoy the sensation of peace.  Try to continue for 10 minutes, but if you can't, that's alright because you started. 

If the experience felt good, do it again tomorrow.  And the next day.  It doesn't matter how long you do it.  The brain changes when you are in a state of meditation.  20 minutes is a good goal for a beginner. 

If the experience doesn't feel good, try it again another time when you feel ready. 

You don't have to do it every day.  And you don't have to do it at a certain time, certain place, with props or equipment.  If you can incorporate meditation into you lifestyle, that's more helpful to you than going to a class when you can, or using a specific meditation program.   You will know you are ready to move on when your meditation feels good and you look forward to doing it.

The next posting will give you ideas about getting deeper into meditation.  But if you move from 5 or 10 minutes to 20 minutes, you are already moving deeper.