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How to Start Meditating When You’re Over 50 And Not Real Sure About It

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 beginning meditation practice 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 beginning 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.

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beginning meditation 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 Crystals
  7. Be Consistent and Stick With It

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How to Start a Meditation Practice If You Are Over Fifty

1. Learn About How Meditation Can Benefit You

Read: What Are The Health Benefits of Meditation for Women Over 50?

  • Worsening heart health
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Reduced mental acuity, and
  • Pain

are just some of the most common health issues women experience as they age, 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.

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

Read: Beginner Meditation: Simple Tips to Start Your Practice

  • 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?
  • Am I doing this right?

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 beginning meditation practice.

woman over fifty sitting on beanbag chair in meditation pose, next to green plant and in front of small table

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

Read: 6 Short Guided Meditations Perfect for Beginners

Ok, so now you think 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 free 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.

4. Focus on The Mental and Emotional Changes You Experience During Meditation

Read: Can Meditation Make You Happy? and 8 Common Myths About the Mental Side of Meditation

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

I worked 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!

I also dispel some of the more common myths about the mental side of meditation, because you’ve probably heard a lot of incorrect info over the years.

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

Read: How to Use Meditation to Help You Sleep and 8 Common Myths About the Physical Side of Meditation

Struggles to fall asleep and 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.

And again, I dispel some of the more common myths about meditation – this post focuses on the physical side of the practice.

woman over fifty sitting on beanbag chair in meditation pose, next to green plant and in front of small table

6. Expand Your Practice with Crystals

Read: How to Use Crystals to Enhance Your Meditation Practice

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.

In other words, choose the crystals that address your specific needs and desires.

7. Be Consistent and Stick With It

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

It’s called “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 will be 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 start to see the changes 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 Beginning Meditation: A Guide for Women Over Fifty

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

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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 Crystals
  7. Be Consistent and Stick With It

There’s never been a better time to start meditating than RIGHT NOW!

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