Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. 

Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Setting aside time for formal meditation is an important way to establish a routine and get comfortable with the practice. Even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference.

Mindfulness meditation isn’t about letting your thoughts wander. But it isn’t about trying to empty your mind, either. Instead, the practice involves paying close attention to the present moment — especially our own thoughts, emotions and sensations — whatever it is that’s happening.

You don’t need any fancy equipment to get started meditating, but there are some fun things that can make you more comfortable in your practice, like this floor meditation cushion from Amazon.

In addition to basic meditation instructions, the link below has a compiled guided meditations for a few popular exercises including the body scan, walking meditation and mindful eating. 

Read more at The New York Times.

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