Throughout my life, several people in my life have told me that I “would love meditation.” They told me how good it could be for me, how it will help me reduce my stress, help me fall asleep, and help me become a more grounded, complete human being. However, despite the rave reviews, I never seemed to understand where I start. What is meditation, exactly? How will I know if I’m doing it correctly? How will I know if it is working? Those were some of the questions I asked myself before I started meditating. And these are the question I’ll attempt to answer for you today.
Like with sports, there are different types of meditation. For this article, we’re going to focus mostly on mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the heart of many different types of meditation. Mindfulness is accessible to beginners and is the type of meditation I personally use. Chances are, if you’re interested in developing a meditation practice to support your mental health, the type of meditation you’re thinking of is mindfulness meditation. Like meditation, there’s no single universal definition of mindfulness, but experts generally agree on the gist: focusing on the present moment. Mindfulness is about being fully present without worrying about the future or the past.