A Beginner’s Guide To Meditation

Meditation is the art, science, and practice of controlling your thoughts. Although there are plenty words written on this subject, that is what is boils down to. You do this to control your thoughts and calm down your body and soul. Thereby achieving not only a measure of tranquility and peace but the ability to find focus and clarity in stressful circumstances even when you are not meditating. That meditation aspect, the ever-growing ability to manage racing thoughts in times of indecision, emergency and stress is one of the main reasons why meditation is practiced. This also applies to “ME”. so here is A Beginner’s Guide To Meditation.

Meditating calmly has a wonderful benefit of lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and your respiration. So as you can see, the advantages are immediate, good for the mind and your body as well. You don’t have to have a special accessory, a pillow or clothes or even a special room to get ‘STARTED’.  Get started in a place you will not be disturbed for a while and a way to make yourself comfortable for that time length. It really is that easy and you can afford it!

The Position

The position

Contrary to some advice you might have received, you don’t have to sit in the lotus position or any other specific pose to meditate successfully. All that is needed is that you keep ‘Your Back Straight’ and that you are comfortable. It is a real concentration breaker when you have a cramp or your butt starts to ache from sitting on a hard surface! So a “PILLOW”, a folded blanket or even borrowing a cushion from the chair or couch will suffice for something to sit on. You can also sit in a chair if you wish, just sit to make yourself comfortable, but keep in mind that it is very essential you track back straight. It is important, as of the breathing aspect of meditation. It might become more difficult to breathe deeply and cleanly if your back is not straight. Breathing right play a huge role in meditation and especially for those starting to meditate. If you learn a bad habit now, it is so much easier to break the habit later when it becomes even more essential doing it right.

How To Know If It’s Working?

How to know if it's working

At the beginning you might feel uncomfortable, sitting for twenty minutes might cause your legs to cramp up or fall asleep, walking slowly might bring up feelings of agitation or impatience and reclining poses might merely make you sleep. Conversely, you might have some profound experiences for the first few months you sit. Meditation must not cause you to feel stressed or physically uncomfortable. If it does, lessen the practice time or change your position. If it does not work, go back and incorporate a few minutes of meditation into your asana practice instead of holding onto a regular practice. After a few days, try to return to your normal meditation routine.

Seek guidance from an experienced teacher or support a group that meets regularly to meditate together, if you have trouble with this practice.

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