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How to meditate in ten minutes by Headspace

Love the idea of meditating but no idea where to start? This guide – by Headspace, the
experts in meditation – on learning to meditate in ten minutes or less is a great place to begin.


If you’ve decided to give meditation a shot, congratulations! You’ve also decided to improve
your sleep, lower your blood pressure, increase your marital harmony and reduce your stress.
In fact, setting aside a little time each day to get to know your mind is a great step on the path
to an altogether healthier and happier life.


1. Get settled

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Find a quiet space where you can relax. Sit comfortably in a chair with your hands resting in
your lap or on your knees. Keep your back straight – sitting at the front of the seat might
help. Your neck should be relaxed, with your chin slightly tucked in. Commit to spending the
full time on the meditation, whether you find it difficult or easy.

 

2.  Breathe deeply

Defocus your eyes, gazing softly into the middle distance. Take five deep, audible breaths: in
through the nose and out through the mouth. On the last exhalation, let your eyes gently
close.

 

3.  Check-in

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Take a few moments to settle into your body. Gently observe your posture, and notice the
sensations where your body touches the chair and your feet meet the ground. Feel the weight
of your arms and hands resting on your legs. Acknowledge your senses: notice anything you
can smell, hear or taste and sensations of heat or cold.

 

4.  Scan your body

Slowly turn your mind inwards. Scan your body from head to toe, observing any tension or
discomfort. Don’t try to change what you find, simply take note of it. Scan again, although
this time notice which parts of the body feel relaxed. Take about 20 seconds for each scan.
Now turn your awareness to your thoughts. Notice any thoughts that arise without attempting
to alter them. Gently note your underlying mood, just becoming aware of what’s there
without judgment. If there’s nothing obvious, that’s fine, too.

 


5.  Observe the breath

Bring your attention to your breathing. Don’t make any effort to change it, just observe the
rising and falling sensation that it creates in the body. Notice where these sensations occur –
be it your belly, your chest, your shoulders, or anywhere else. For a few moments, focus on
the quality of each breath, noting whether it’s deep or shallow, long or short, fast or slow.
Begin silently counting the breaths: 1 as you inhale, 2 as you exhale, 3 on the next inhalation,
and so on, up to 10. Then start again at 1.While doing this, it’s completely normal for
thoughts to bubble up. You don’t need to ‘do’ anything – just guide your attention back to the
breath when you realise the mind has wandered off. If you can remember the number you’d
counted up to and start again from there, or simply start from 1 again. Don’t rush the
breathing and just allow it to continue at its own pace and rhythm. Continue until the timer
sounds.

 


6. Allow your mind to be free

Spend 20-30 seconds just sitting. You might find yourself inundated with thoughts and plans,
or feel calm and focused. Whatever happens is completely fine. Enjoy the rare chance to let
your mind simply be.

 

7.  Prepare to finish

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Become aware once more of the physical feelings: of the chair beneath you, where your feet
make contact with the floor, your arms and your hands resting in your lap. Notice anything
you can hear, smell, taste or feel. When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes.

 


8.  Congratulate yourself

Well done! You just meditated for a full 10 minutes. Recognise how you feel – is it different
from when you first sat down to meditate? Remind yourself of this feeling the next time you
feel stressed or worried, and know that with just 10 minutes of meditation, you might feel a
little bit better.


The easiest way to get started is with the Headspace app (it also offers a whole range of
meditations for different topics, and support throughout your meditation practice), but if
you’d like to dip your toe in the water, you can use a timer and follow these simple
instructions.

Watch this video to help you get comfortable before your first meditation.

Shared with permission from Headspace. 

Try Headspace for free.

 

Bawah Reserve offers mindfulness meditation practice  and floating meditation program as part of our Wellbeing Journeys.  To learn more about our Journeys, click below: 

 

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Find your balance at Bawah, with a journey designed to lead the way to self-discovery and a renewed connection to the world around you.

 

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