How to Start Meditating in the New Year

A woman doing meditation with her dog.

As we enter 2024, turning the page on another year, many will set resolutions for personal growth and well-being. Meditation can help with these goals, so here is no better time to begin your journey. Whether you’re interested in helping with stress, pursuing some mental clarity, or just looking for a bit of calm, meditation is a great first step. Here are some simple tips for how you can start meditating in the New Year.

Why meditate?

Some meditate in order to gain insight into the nature of self, or a part of a religious practice.  But others meditate for practical reasons:  Regular meditation practice can reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, enhance emotional well-being, and even contribute to better physical health. From increased self-awareness to a heightened sense of inner peace, the benefits of meditation extend to many facets of life.

A note pad and pen for New Year resolutions.

Start your meditation routine

Embarking on a meditation journey doesn’t require a profound understanding of ancient philosophy or hours of daily commitment. Here are some simple steps to help you start meditating and build a sustainable routine for the future:

  1. Start Small: Begin with short sessions, perhaps just 5-10 minutes a day. Consistency is more important than duration, especially when you’re just starting.
  2. Choose a Quiet Space: Find a quiet and comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. This can be a corner of a room, a cushion, or even a dedicated meditation space if available.
  3. Find a Comfortable Posture: Sit comfortably with your spine straight. You can sit on a cushion, a chair, or even lie down if that’s more comfortable for you.
  4. Focus on Breath: Gently direct your attention to your breath. Feel the sensation of each inhale and exhale. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.
  5. Set Realistic Goals: Set achievable goals. Initially, aim for a few minutes a day and gradually extend the duration as you become more comfortable with the practice.
  6. Establish a Routine: Incorporate meditation into your daily routine. Whether it’s morning, afternoon, or evening, consistency will help solidify your practice.
  7. Be Kind to Yourself: Understand that meditation is a practice. Don’t get discouraged if your mind wanders; it’s a natural part of the process.
Bali Blue round zafu meditation cushion, fun pattern

Use the right meditation products

To support your meditation journey, consider incorporating some beginner meditation products to help you grow your practice. These products are not only practical but also designed to enhance your overall meditation experience:

  1. Zafu and Zabuton Set: A comfortable meditation cushion (Zafu) paired with a supportive mat (Zabuton) provides a cozy foundation for your practice. It helps maintain proper posture and relieves pressure on your joints during longer sessions.
  2. Meditation Bench: Ideal for those who prefer kneeling during meditation, a meditation bench promotes proper spinal alignment and helps alleviate discomfort during prolonged periods of sitting.
  3. Incense: Incense has been used for centuries as a part of a sensory practice that can deepen your meditation. The gentle wafting of fragrant smoke is not merely a pleasant accompaniment but can act as a focal point, aiding you in grounding your attention and entering a state of mindfulness. 
  4. Oryoki Set: These traditional bowls allow you to slow down at meal time and make eating more meditative. These sets are thoughtfully designed to facilitate the practice of mindful eating. They consist of three nesting bowls, utensils, and cloths.

Your 2024 resolution: start meditating!

Embarking on a meditation routine in the new year is a profound gift to yourself. As you take those initial steps towards cultivating mindfulness, remember that the journey is as important as the destination. The benefits of meditation are far-reaching, influencing not only your mental and emotional well-being but also your physical health. By following the simple steps outlined above you set the stage for a transformative and enriching experience. 

From all of us at Still Sitting: Happy New Year 2024!

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