We were recently asked on our Facebook page about getting started with meditation practice. With so many teachings and resources out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. To top it all off, we have our own minds to deal with, and going inward alone can be scary. It’s a great question, one that we hope is useful to some of our readers and listeners, and one that we’re happy to answer! We have quite a few recommendations for those new to meditation practice to begin investigating meditation. We recently published a page specifically for this purpose called How to Meditate for Beginners. We highly recommend checking out this page which includes a bunch of different suggestions and ideas that we came up with together as a team here at One Mind Dharma.
If you’re new to meditation, start where you are. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying too much at once. We recommend starting with some short meditations (perhaps our 5 Minute Meditation Practices!) and listening to some talks. We of course have our Dharma Talk podcast, but there are many great teachers and teachings out there. A few we recommend are Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Spring Washam, Larry Yang, and Sylvia Boorstein. You can find their meditations and talks on YouTube or on the Dharmaseed mobile app! We also recommend checking out some Buddhist books for beginners. Reading doesn’t substitute for practice, but it can help us to understand the practice and what we can be doing to lessen our suffering. If you are a person who likes to read, I suggest jumping in to some books! Remember that you must also practice!
Another great thing to do is sit with a group! Meetup.com has many local groups, and perhaps there are some in your area. You can also email me at Matthew@OneMindDharma.com and I am happy to help you find a local group that fits with your needs!