As exercise is to body meditation is to mind. Meditation helps us to consort with our wandering thoughts as they stack our mind. It is extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and meditate and think of nothing when there is so much going on in the head.
The easiest way to begin meditation is concentration which involves fixating on a single point. This could be following you breathe in -out, chanting a mantra or counting beads on a mala.
Perks Of Meditating
The short-term benefits include lower levels of anxiety, improved blood circulation, more relaxed body, controlled blood pressure levels, can make you sleep better, feel happier and be more placid.. The terminal benefit of meditation is emancipation of the mind from superfluous attachments it holds towards things.
Here are some simple tips on how to meditate.
If you are relatively new to meditation always start by sparing just 5 minutes a day .Do not get caught in the ring that to reap the benefits one has to meditate for hours .Gradually start increasing your time. But start small!!!!
Just do it
Many people worry about where to sit, how to sit, what to wear, how to do It-all this is to be considered but not for the starting. Initially just do it, anywhere, anytime just sit somewhere peaceful and complacent.
Do it first thing each morning. Set a reminder for every morning when you get up. Inculcate meditation in your morning routine.
Always try to meditate in a serene place where there is n hustle bustle.
Do it anywhere, whether on a chair or cross-legged on the floor, but make sure your spine is cocked with head straight up. Your mind and body is directly intervened, if you are sagged your mind will drift.
Do with what you feel comfortable .To some people meditating with closed eyes is more effective.
Do not confuse focus with concentration. To focus in meditation means to pay soft attention to the centre of awareness.
8. The breath Counting
The streaming in and out of your breath will certainly help you in anchoring yourself but be natural, do not regulate breath intentionally.
Do not stop your thoughts when they pop in .Let them in like unwelcome visitors, acknowledge and then ask them to leave.
Strong emotion phase makes the meditation really hard, but then this is what we are meditating for. The way to deal with strong emotions in meditation is to focus on the body feelings that accompany the emotion and let go of the stories.
There is adherence and calmness that comes from sitting in silence and we feel more relaxed.
Do not take it as a burden just enjoy it, explore yourself better and get to know what is running is your mind.
Find a company
Be it your partner, family member or even a community dedicated to meditation, when done with others a consistency is maintained.
Meditation isn’t always easy or even peaceful. But it has truly amazing benefits, and you can start today, and continue for the rest of your life.