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Not everyone finds meditation that easy to practice. However with a little regular practice it will soon become 2nd nature. Here are a few handy tips to help you get started calming the mind.

Firstly you need to be aware that you do not have to have psychic ability to take yourself into a meditation. There are lots of videos online to follow, books to read and cd's to listen to with guidance, its just a matter of finding which suits and works for you.

If you are completely new to meditation then here are some ideas to help.

1, Wear very comforting clothing with nothing restrictive.

2, Sit up or lie down whatever feels most comfortable and enables you to feel comfy and relaxed.

3, Try not to cross arms or legs as this can block the energy flowing through your body.

4, Play some beautiful gentle music quietly in the background or if you prefer it have complete silence.

5, Makesure before settling down to meditate that you have nothing planned ahead and a clear schedule for the next hour as the worry of not being late or having to do something play on your mind will stop you being able to relax your mind properly, also that its a time and place where you will not be disturbed by noises or people.

6, Take some good deep breathes filling the lungs in through the nose and out through the mouth to create that cycle and rhythmic pattern. This creating deep relaxation. If you struggle to remove the day to day cackle from your mind count your breaths to the count of four in and out. This enables good breathing control.

7, If it helps take yourself to a happy memory, childhood or present that made you feel engulfed with happiness. (at different meditation attempts try different memories and see what different results you get).

8, Try and see what colours and clothing your wearing during this occasion, how you felt at the time, the emotion. If you can visualise this you are well on your way to meditating.

You may find yourself falling asleep on the first attempts at meditating, don't worry this is a common occurrence, its just your body taking itself into a deep sleep.

There are lots of different techniques used in meditation with no right or wrong. Meditation is excellent for anti-stress and the best thing of all its free!

You will be opening the doors to your mind. Just sit and daydream and keep daydreaming of happy times. If you find yourself experiencing unhappy times or memories coming to the fore, simply imagine a dustbin and put these negative thoughts in there with the lid firmly placed on top. When you get to this stage of visualisation and relaxation you will be automatically meditating.

So these are some basic techniques to help however it does read easier than it actually is, but if you don't give ip and keep practising in a few weeks you will be well on your way.

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