Meditation is one of those things people tend to brush off and think it is only a practice in Buddhism. Well I can assure you, it’s for everyone. Meditation is a word that has come to be used loosely and inaccurately in the modern world; which explains the confusion about how to practice it. Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; others use it to refer to daydreaming or fantasizing. However, I have learned that meditation is none of these.
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is different from the normal walking state. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of mediation follows a particular order, has definite principals, and produces results that can be verified.
How Can I Practice Meditation?
⇒ Comfortable surrounding – It is advisable to meditate in a quiet place. This saves you from distraction and helps you go deeper in your experience.
⇒ Be regular with the practice – It is a good idea to meditate at least twice a day and be regular with the practice, then you will be able to observe it’s positive effects with each passing day.
⇒ Meditate with your friends – You could get together with some of your close friends and meditate in a group. This will enhance your experience; it will help you to be regular with your practice.
⇒ Try some stretches before meditation – This helps release the stress and tension in various parts of your body and helps you relax to have a more enjoyable meditation.
⇒ Observe your thoughts – Do not make an effort to resist your thoughts. Let them flow. Meditation is effortless.
⇒ Take it easy – Make sure you meditate for at least 10-1 minutes. Do not be in a hurry to open your eyes.
⇒ Make sure your stomach is not full – This will prevent you from falling asleep! We all now how sleepy we get after our evening meals.
Meditation is one of the best ways to loosen the grip of sticky emotions and connect with our true self, which isn’t limited, angry, or fearful, but is infinite, pure consciousness. Mediation brings us home to the peace of present-moment awareness and gives us an experience of profound relaxation that dissolves fatigue and long-standing stresses and promotes physical and emotional healing. The benefits of meditation include:
◊ Lowered blood pressure and hypertension
◊ Slower heart rate
◊ Decreases cholesterol levels
◊ Reduced production of “stress hormones” including cortisol and adrenaline
◊ More efficient oxygen use by the body
◊ Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
◊ Improved immune function
I use an app called ‘Headspace‘ on my phone. It has guided meditation and it teaches you the essentials of living a healthier, happier life, with the free Basics pack. On their website, you can read stories a wide range of individuals that use this app in their everyday, busy lives and how it has helped them. You never know, maybe something there that can help you in our life.
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.”
― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspiration
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