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Meditation for beginners in only 8 days.

Meditation to Relax is a free android and iphone app. Meditation to Relax breaks down the process of learning to meditate with the breath (mindfulness of breathing) into easy steps that can be accomplished over an eight-day period. 

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How do you meditate for the first time at home?

Choose a time when you feel alert and when there is the least amount of disturbance in the household.

Sit cross legged on a comfortable chair or couch so your back is upright. Rest your hands in your lap.

At first, practice closing your eyes for a few minutes at a time. Spend some time observing how your mind is and what you are feeling. Do you feel stressed? Excited?

Practice closing your eyes for a few minutes at a time, without relying on any source of stimulation.

Turn off any forms of music or entertainment, so you can sit in silence.

When you feel ready to open your eyes again, do so.

How do you meditate for 10 minutes?

Set a timer for say two minutes and meditate.

Over the days and weeks you practice, notice how you feel when the timer goes off.

If you are looking forward to the timer going off after two minutes, then don’t extend the meditation time.

If the session feels too short when the timer goes off, you can lengthen your meditation sessions.

How do you meditate in bed?

Put two pillows up at the head of your bed so you can sit cross legged with your back to the wall, resting on the pillows.

How do I find a meditation class near me?

If your criteria is:
• How can I learn meditation for free?
• How can I increase my mindfulness naturally from meditation?
• I don’t want any strings attached
• I want to learn breath meditation
• I want to learn how the Buddha meditated
• I want to learn in a peaceful setting

Then here are some locations across Australia which meet your criteria.

Free meditation classes in Melbourne, Victoria

Bodhivana Buddhist Monastery
780 Woods Point Road, East Warburton VIC 3799
03 5966 5999

Free meditation classes in Perth, Western Australia

Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery
216 Kingsbury Drive, Serpentine WA 6125
08 9525 2420

Dhammaloka City Centre
18 Nanson Way, Nollamara WA 6061
08 9345 1711

Free meditation classes in Sydney, New South Wales

Bodhisaddha Forest Monastery
295 Wilton Road, Wilton NSW 2571
0418 811 877

Santi Forest Monastery
100 Coalmines Rd, Bundanoon NSW 2578
02 4883 6331

Free meditation classes in Adelaide, South Australia

Buddhist Society of South Australia
79 Davis Avenue, Christies Beach SA 5165
0401 080 953

Free meditation classes in Brisbane, Queensland

Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage
10 Ben Varden Avenue, Khola QLD 4306
07 3201 2041

How long does it take to relax with meditation?

It depends how you’re feeling when you sit down to meditate.

If you’re feeling very stressed or anxious, or angry or upset, it can take longer to relax. If you already feel fine when you sit down to meditate, it will take less time to relax.

What’s the quickest way to relax with meditation?

To not put pressure on yourself to relax.

To allow yourself to have whatever feelings and thoughts you’re having right now.

Are those thoughts and feelings about the present moment? If they aren’t, don’t beat yourself up about it. Acknowledge the fact the thinking is to do with something in the past or the future. Gently bring your attention back to something happening in the present moment.

How can I relax right now?

Sit down in a comfortable posture and close your eyes.

Spend the first minute or so just allowing your mind and feelings to do whatever they want to do. If you feel stressed, just let it be.

When you’re ready, take half a dozen slow deep breathes. Take the breaths from your abdomen (not shallow breaths from your chest).

If you feel ready, gently bring your attention to something happening in the present moment. For example, your breathing, or any sounds or sensations you can observe.

How do you feel now?

View the AMP version of Meditation for beginners.