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Beginner mindset in meditation
Meditation is not what you expected it to be?
Here's why you still have to try it for at least two weeks.
Of course, you heard about meditation. Everybody has.
We usually have a picture of a person with crossed legs, sitting straight, eyes closed.
Most newcomers expect some kind of spiritual experience as soon as they turn off the phone notifications and play some zen music on the background. When that doesn't happen - they get confused. What's so great about sitting alone with your thoughts, concentrating on the breathing?
Isn't there a more productive way to spend your precious free 15 or 30 minutes a day?

Turns out, there isn't. Not for many thousands of people, who grant a big role in their success to meditation. Tony Robbins, Oprah, Robin Sharma... The list goes on!
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things — that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more
Steve Jobs
Apple CEO
Here are 3 key things a beginner meditator should know:
Idea 1
It might be very difficult to commit to sitting and doing nothing
Most people complain that it's difficult to sit straight - the back hurt, legs fall asleep, different thoughts occupy your mind space and you just can't enjoy it.
One thing meditation is not intended to be - a source of an immediate joy (though it can become such source overtime).

What you have to learn is acceptance. Yes, your back can hurt a little, since we're mostly crunching over the laptops most of the time. Yes, you may not be so very present in the moment: your brain might decide to go over a shopping list even. Accepting things how they are is part of the process. You can step out of yourself for a few moments and go on sitting. Even though your brain can and probably will tell you that you are dying of thirst or your leg will fall off if you don't immediately move it.
Idea 2
No angels or bright lights are coming down from UP THERE and telling you the secrets of the Universe
While many people report unusual experiences that bring them new understanding, some simply do not have such experiences. Vipassana and Metta (loving attention meditation) are very different in that respect, for example. One is a concentration of your breath, another on your heart center. As you may guess, the intention to keep the focus on the heart or the breath usually leads to totally different results. So don't feel sad if you can't immediately receive some kind of connection to your spirit or higher self. Meditation is a word for tons of different practices and if you choose to go on, the clarity will help you get to the experience you're looking for.
Idea 3
Meditation alone has never solved any problems
If you start meditation expecting life-changing events coming the next day, this may only close your mind for the true experience of the practice. it is not a magic pill and it will never EVER change your life if you sit and do nothing else.

Meditation helps you notice the mind patterns you've created and it would not be so wise to pretend you can meditate your way out of the issue. With that said, I've truly seen dozens of people, who say that they have been able to change their life with meditation. It means, they were able to see what led them to some decisions and how their choices impacted the course of life. Meditation is a wonderful practice that is now scientifically proven to decrease stress and help you lower the blood pressure, resolve some of the mental blocks and so on.

But does it happen overnight? How much meditation is enough meditation?
There is a study shows that meditation practice has an accumulative effect, which reminds of drops, falling into the cup. Once the cup is full, you can drink the water and notice that it's filled with crystal clear water.
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