If you've been wanting to learn about meditation, now is a fantastic time. It's hard and scary out there, and there's nothing wrong with feeling anxious, unproductive, or sad. In fact, it's a normal and human reaction to what's going on right now. But so is the desire for accessible ways to feel just a little bit better, and for some, meditation can provide just that.
However, it can also be a little bit intimidating to get started — even if, in reality, you don't need much. All you really need is yourself, knowledge of a few beginner's techniques, and possibly a computer or phone if you'd like to play some calming music or guided meditations. It's time to rethink what meditation looks like. You don't need to achieve perfection at the first go-around (or ever!), you don't need to wear certain clothes, and you certainly don't need to be seated in front of some old guy who calls himself a guru. You just need to want to get started and to find something that works for you. We put together a list of meditation techniques for beginners, because we could all use some peace right now.
Tapping is based on acupressure and psychology. "Indian Ayurveda for thousands of years talks about Marma points are vital areas in the body that when the right type of pressure is applied, it releases the body of toxins and allow for new cell growth," says Vibay Chandran Weisbecker, a Mindbody holistic wellness and mindfulness expert and trained yoga teacher. The first step of tapping asks you to concentrate on a negative emotion, whether it's a fear, worry, or problem that's been weighing on you. Don't worry, this is the worst part! Then, while holding that emotion, you use your fingertips to tap five to seven times on nine specific meridian points of the body. Proponents of tapping say that it helps calm the nervous system and provides feelings of relief and safety. Even the comforting pattern of your hands against your body can take the sting off uncomfortable thoughts.
While Weisbecker says tapping is often done with the guidance an experienced therapist, you can also get started by checking out an app such as The Tapping Solution to explore if this method is best for you.