A Beginners’ Guide to Meditation

Meditation tips, techniques and practices for the beginner—everything you need to know about meditation to get you started.

We know what you’re thinking: “You want me to sit still and try not to think? I’m way too busy for that.” But meditation is so much more—practicing has both mental and physical health benefits. Here, the tips and practices to help you get started. Soon, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

Meditation 101: Terms to Know

Sound like Greek to you? Use this glossary to familiarize yourself with key meditation terminology.

Relaxation vs. Meditation

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Learn the difference between conscious relaxation, meditation, and how they can intersect, yielding access to inner stillness.

FAQs: Meditation Decoded

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Understand the tool of meditation and the profound ways it can affect your life.

VIDEO: Get Comfortable for Meditation

Blankets and bolsters can support your body in seated meditation to limit physical discomfort and distraction. Here’s how to set up.

The Meditation Checklist

Establishing a meditative practice can feel like one more thing on your endless to-do list. Here, everything you need to know to find clarity and comfort in the practice.

How to Choose Your Mantra

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Want to connect with your spiritual consciousness? Repeat a mantra to tune in to that always-available inner frequency.

What’s the Best Type of Meditation for You?

Meditation Techniques.

Hint: Pick a technique that resonates with you, so you will be inspired to return to it again and again.

Vipassana: A Mindfulness Meditation

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Explore this introduction to mindfulness, the state of nonreactive, receptive awareness that forms the heart of vipassana meditation.