A lot of us might think of trying meditation, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Thankfully, the folks at Happify teamed up with Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier, and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, to take us through the basics of meditation for beginners.
Mindfulness meditation consists of three simple steps:
- take a good seat
- pay attention to the breath
- and when your attention wanders, return
But the wandering part can be difficult to handle.
“The whole game is to notice when you’ve gotten lost [in thought] and to start over,” says Harris. “Meditation is unlike anything you do in the rest of your life. ‘Failure’ is actually success. The whole game is just trying, failing, starting again.”