"Mindfulness meditation lowers the cortisol levels in the blood, suggesting that it can lower stress and may decrease the risk of diseases that arise from stress."
Booom🔥 Rarely read a sentence that sums up the effectiveness of regular meditation better than this one. After talking about how best to start meditating last week, today we're talking about "right or wrong". Is it even possible to meditate wrongly? Probably yes. But you'll find that out for yourself if, for example, you're looking at your phone all the time and checking Insta when you should actually be with YOU ;-)
Meditation is also a bit about how you perceive the noise of your environment. This will challenge you, especially in the beginning. You'll say, "I can't switch off at all, I'm doing something wrong, I'll leave it!"
But it's normal to react to noises that happen around you, for example because you're in the office or on the train, or because the neighbour is hammering again after 10 pm. But this also refers to the noise that occurs in your head. When you start meditating, it's also about your surroundings. How do your feet feel on the floor (carpet? mat? wooden or stone floor?), your back on the backrest, where is the coffee machine that is cleaning itself (someone has to do it ;))? Concentrate on the sounds and what you feel, notice it intensely. You will soon realise that you have to accept that you cannot control some things. Just like in "real life". Some things we can control, some things we can't. One goal (of meditation) is that we learn to cope and start to come into a harmonious state with our outer and inner issues.