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Getting Started with Mindfulness Meditation

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"Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself," according to Indian Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. As a person who participates in meditation often, I can second Krishnamurti's quote. Since I added meditation to my daily routine, it has helped me accept who I am. Learning how to meditate is an excellent skill. If you are ready to learn how to meditate, get ready to take some notes. 

 

 
According to Merriam-Webster, meditate means "to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on ones breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spirtuual awareness." Many methods of meditation exist. However, as a beginner, practicing mindfulness meditation is an excellent way to get started on your meditation journey. 

Mindfulness meditation includes two methods. One way to practice is by remaining present in the moment. To be present at the moment is to be aware of the activity you are partaking in. Another way to meditate mindfully is by clearing your mind and focusing on breathing. Additionally, this method involves focusing on your breathing rhythms.
 

 
The first method is pretty simple. One needs to be fully involved in the activity that is taking place. For example, when you are in class, focus on the professor's words and respond to all the instructor's questions and comments. Engagement is a perfect way to be present.
 

 
The second method focuses on breathing. To start the breathing meditation, set a timer, and proceed to focus on your breathing. For this type of meditation, sit in a comfortable position with your hands on your knee caps.

Meditation will be challenging at first, but with practice, the ability will come naturally. As you practice more and more, it will become second nature to you. 
 
Which method of mindfulness meditation will you choose? Let us know by leaving a comment below! 

 

Zakiya Payne is a Multimedia Journalism major at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. The first-generation student enjoys writing in her journal, telling corny jokes, and shopping! A Mantra that she repeats daily is, “I am busy becoming the woman of my dreams!”