How to Start a Meditation Practice (for Women Over Fifty)

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Do you meditate? If so – are you consistent with your practice? And if you don’t meditate, would you like to start? In today’s post, I’ve collected all of my best resources and guidance to create a step-by-step guide to starting a meditation practice – and it’s especially for women over fifty!

This post is a collection of information all about meditation – how to start, how to use different types of meditation, and perhaps most importantly – the very real, noticeable benefits of meditation for women over fifty.

Once you’ve read this, you will understand why you should meditate and how simple it is to get started and build a consistent practice.

How to Start a Meditation Practice for Women Over Fifty

  1. Learn About How Meditation Can Benefit You
  2. Learn the Basics of Meditation, and Modify Them to Suit YOUR Needs
  3. Get Started Using Guided Meditations
  4. Focus on Subtle Emotional Changes You Experience During Meditation
  5. Focus on the Physical Benefits Meditation Brings to Your Life
  6. Expand Your Practice with Different Types of Meditation and Props
  7. Be Consistent and Stick With It

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Start a Meditation Practice: Follow these steps

1. Learn About How Meditation Can Benefit You

Read: The Many Benefits of Meditation for Women at Midlife

Heart health, weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, stress, reduced mental acuity, and pain are some of the most common issues women experience, particularly when they become menopausal or post-menopausal.

The good news?

Meditation can have a positive impact on every one of these issues. Best of all, meditation has absolutely zero negative side effects, unlike so many medications we could be prescribed these days.

If you need to get a firm grasp on your “why” for meditation, The Many Benefits of Meditation for Women at Midlife will give you many solid, science-backed reasons.

2. Learn the Basics of Meditation, and Modify Them to Suit YOUR Needs

Read: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

How do I sit? Where do I sit? How long do I sit? What do I think about while I am sitting? How do I breathe? Do I sing? Hum? Chant?

What is supposed to be happening?

These are just a few very common questions that meditation beginners have.

In this guide, I give you both “expert” advice and answers to these questions, and the alterations I made that I found worked better for me. There aren’t strict rules about this stuff – you find a way that works best for you.

So if it feels better to lie down, lie down. If you want to be in a chair, well, that’s a choice you can make! Learn the basics while learning to tailor the information you receive to do what works for you and your meditation practice.

3. Get Started Using Guided Meditations (Free on YouTube!)

Read: 6 Short Guided Meditations for Beginners

Ok, you understand the basic concept of meditation – but you still want a bit more guidance going forward. Start with any of these 6 Short Guided Meditations for Beginners.

These are all Youtube videos, and each guide approaches meditation a bit differently. Try them out and see whose style you respond best to. The student chooses the teacher.

woman over fifty who is using tips for meditation for beginners

4. Focus on Subtle Emotional Changes You Experience During Meditation

Read: Meditation for Happiness

Can meditation make you happier? Absolutely. That’s one of the many benefits!

I work my way through a 10-day course on Meditation for Happiness as presented by Headspace (my favorite meditation app!) and share with you what I learn each step of the way. Try it for yourself – there’s a link in the post for a free Headspace trial!

5. Focus on the Physical Benefits Meditation Brings into Your Life

Read: How to Use Meditation for Better Sleep

Struggles to fall asleep, struggles to stay asleep. These are very real, very common problems for women over age fifty. How to Use Meditation for Better Sleep presents a 4-step process for using meditation to improve sleep quantity and quality.

We all know how vital sleep is to every aspect of our lives, and consistent meditation practice will help you achieve the sleep you need.

6. Expand Your Practice with Different Types of Meditation and Props

Read: The Best Crystals for Meditation for Women Over Fifty

Crystals may sound a little woo-woo or “out there” for women just learning to meditate. But there are some very specific reasons you may want to bring them into your practice!

Learn how to use crystals for grounding and focus. And, you will find out which are The Best Crystals for Meditation for Women Over Fifty because different crystals embody different traits and strengths.

7. Be Consistent and Stick With It

This is the single most important thing to do when it comes to meditation.

It’s called a “Practice” for a good reason!

Some days you will have a great, mind-clearing session. Some days you’ll be completely distracted or not into it. And of course, there are the days you get interrupted mid-session, or miss altogether!

A missed practice or an inattentive mind may knock you off course here and there, and that’s to be expected. But sit back down the next day and start fresh.

Over time, you’ll really start to see the change in yourself and your life that meditation provides.

“A most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important activity of each day. Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment, and unfailingly keep your appointment with the infinite”

Roy Eugene Davis

Final Thoughts on How to Start a Meditation Practice (for Women Over Fifty)

Are you convinced that it’s time to start meditating? I hope so!

Here are those 7 steps to start a meditation practice for women over fifty, one more time:

  1. Learn About How Meditation Can Benefit You
  2. Learn the Basics of Meditation, and Modify Them to Suit YOUR Needs
  3. Get Started Using Guided Meditations
  4. Focus on Subtle Emotional Changes You Experience During Meditation
  5. Focus on the Physical Benefits Meditation Brings to Your Life
  6. Expand Your Practice with Different Types of Meditation and Props
  7. Be Consistent and Stick With It
sun setting on the beach as woman sits in meditation, meditation tips for women over fifty

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