Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide You’ll Love!
The art of meditation may sound easy to you, but only if you have never practiced meditation in your life. You may think that meditation is a type of activity which demands that you sit very quietly at one place for a considerable period of time usually a few minutes, and that it demands a total cut-off from other activities and thoughts. But that is easier said than done; as you will find that it is much more difficult to free your mind from all kinds of thoughts as demanded by even the most basic form of meditation practices.
Bear in mind that meditation does not involve any kind of tricks which may take you into a complete meditative state. Rather, it is a continuous process which requires patience, as it needs to be practiced consistently on a daily basis for a considerable period of time for it to make a real impact on your life. If you believe this is something you want to or need to practice, but you don’t know how to do it properly, then the following guide will surely be of great use to you.
Do not stress yourself out by comparing your performance with others, as there are some people who are able to meditate for hours without fail. Fact is, the older you are, the stronger your senses become, which helps in achieving that desired state of meditation fairly quickly.
For starters, the best way to enjoy the benefits of meditation is to start with a small duration, which can be as small as 60 seconds per session. Remember, you have to build it up slowly, and let your mind adjust to the change. Increase the duration after every few sessions, and you will realize how meditation will increase your focus of mind.
Build Up Focus
There are also healing properties associated with meditation. According to Buddhism, meditation has the power to heal any internal inflammation in the body, provided that it is practiced with absolute selflessness. This is particularly beneficial for people who remain anxious for most part of their day and find it difficult to pay attention to important tasks. Meditation helps in building their focus and reduces the level of restlessness which they otherwise feel in their routine.
The process is simple, yet needs attention and focus. Start by inhaling and holding your breath for five seconds, and then exhale slowly without breaking the tempo as you repeat the movements. By repeating this breathing process, the attention span of a person becomes entirely focused on ensuring correct form of breathing, and hence other thoughts slowly fade away.
Meditate in the Morning
The best time to meditate is during the early hours of morning as a person’s energy levels are much better at that time. Moreover, the really early parts of the day are almost never occupied with things you have to do, and hence spending it as you want will not have any impact on your other tasks.
You can also couple up your meditation routine with any other activity you undertake in the morning, like before or after your morning cup of tea or coffee. Also, it is said that morning meditation helps in maintaining focus throughout the day, and hence is very essential to productivity, just like breakfast.
Keep Changing Your Place
You can meditate at any spot which you find comfortable as it is not necessary to fix a spot for your daily meditation routine. For example, you can do it at above the cushion, on the floor, or under the tree of any park. The important point is that you should always sit in a comfortable position in a quiet place, so that both your body and mind are able to concentrate on the meditative process.
If you are lucky enough to fix that spot for yourself inside your home then it is better to practice meditation each time at that spot. This helps in achieving a meditative state much faster. However, this does not mean that you miss your meditation session if you can’t access your spot, whether due to travelling or any other reason.
In fact, changing your meditative space instills flexibility in behavior, so if that is a character trait which you want to imbue within yourself, then keep changing your meditative space by all means.
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