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Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide

30 Mar

Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide

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Kaitlyn Guay

If you’ve been following along with our micro-series on Mindfulness, you’ll know by now that meditation is the most highly recommended tool for helping students and adult alike develop mindfulness. Mindfulness is a skill, and like all skills, requires specific tools to develop.

@Happify’s bite-sized guide to meditation makes it super easy to grow your Mindfulness toolbox today. Not sure if meditation is for you? @Happify notes that “Despite what you may have heard, meditation does not involve joining a group, paying fees, wearing any special outfits, sitting in a funny position, or believing in anything in particular. It is a simple, secular, scientifically validated exercise for your brain.” So wherever you are, you’re invited to take a moment and test out @Happify’s three steps to beginning meditation.

  1. Sit with your back straight and your eyes closed.

  2. Focus on the feeling of your breath going in and out.

  3. Whenever your focus wavers from the breath, acknowledge it, say hello, and then bring your focus back to the breath.

It’s just that simple! Like @Happify says, “It’s like a bicep curl for your brain.” And here’s the cool part: you’re not supposed to be “good” at meditation. There is no such thing. As the creators of this entertaining video tell us, in meditation, “Failure is actually success… The whole game is just: trying, failing, starting again.” In other words, there’s no such thing as failure, only feedback.

** Interested in discovering more about mindfulness for online students? Join us for our Mindfulness webinar TODAY, March 30th, at 4 PM PST/ 7 PM EST. Our resident marketing guru and chief story-teller Mark Guay will be joining author, educator, and health coach Peter Berg to discuss the concept of mindfulness, and how it can help our students to thrive in academia as well as in life. Mark and Peter will share fundamental mindfulness techniques meant to empower teenagers and help them grow their health and happiness. Find more information about today’s webinar by clicking the link below! **