4 Easy Ways to Meditate—Even If You've Never Done It Before

Los Angeles–based energy healer, intuitive coach and cofounder of the wellness app, Mindsail, Sameer Reddy says it’s time to face the un-Zen truth: Being able to sit still and watch your thoughts takes a lot of practice, and after a few sessions, most of us give up on attempting to meditate because it feels too hard. "But if you ease yourself into enlightenment you're more likely to stay on the cushion, these simple tips will help you clear your mind and tune into a higher vibe.” Here are four of his super easy tips for giving meditation a go—even if you've never done it before.

Breathe easy.
Before you close your eyes, check in with your breath and notice if it's shallow. Try to inhale from your abdomen instead of your chest. As you settle into a deeper breathing cycle, your mind will naturally slow down, helping you to find more inner stillness. 

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Remember there's nothing to do.
Meditating isn't about accomplishing anything. The aim is simply to observe what's happening and create a little space between you and your reactions. Ease up on the pressure you're putting on yourself!

Sit up straight.
Your body's alignment has a huge influence on how energy flows through you and on your emotional and mental state. Balance your head evenly on your neck, with your shoulders relaxed at your side and your hands in your lap, left on top of the right, palms facing upward. 

Set an intention.
Having an aim helps with everything in life. If you know why you want to meditate, it can support your effort and bring a new energy into the picture. Before you start meditating, remind yourself of what you’re wishing for from the experience then let it go, like tossing a penny into a fountain. In time, you’ll see your wish begin to come true.

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