8 Things Reddit Taught Me About How to Meditate



On paper, meditation seems simple and straightforward: You sit down, close your eyes, and try to find peace with your thoughts. But one of the most valuable lessons I've learned on my own bumpy journey toward mindfulness is that this simplistic notion is a sham, and believing that it's really that easy is actually an obstacle standing in the way of real progress. We're dealing with the inner workings of the mind, after all. It's messy. It's complicated. And without a doubt, it's entirely different for everyone. 

But that's not to say that the journeys of others can't be immensely helpful. If "sit and be still" is the bare-bones framework, then it can be extremely intimidating to try to fill that ourselves, especially when we're just getting started and have little context for what might work. By reading the accounts and advice of other people, we gain a little more substance, which we can then mold into our own experience. And what better one-stop-shop for crowdsourcing such helpful tips than Reddit?

After spending some time poking around the /r/Meditation and /r/Mindfulness boards, I've gathered a wealth of helpful hacks and tips that have only made my practice stronger. It's also always nice to know that I'm not alone: No matter what pitfalls or challenges you've faced, chances are it's already been addressed. Better yet is the advice I've come across for struggles I didn't realize I had. 

Keep reading to see eight meditation tips from Reddit I've found particularly valuable.

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