HOW YOU CAN BEGIN MEDITATION
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Meditation can be practiced when you wake up in the morning to start the day and also at the end of the evening before you fall asleep.
The mind enjoys repetition and is quick to set up a pattern to follow. When you first begin to meditate, you might find your mind wandering, but regular practice will make it progressively easier to settle your mind and reap the benefits of a quiet, relaxed space. Very soon, the simple act of lighting a candle or sitting quietly will rapidly trigger a meditative state. Allowing your mind to unwind You will discover that meditation feels very pleasant- especially if you allow yourself to go with the flow and do not place high expectations on your self. Most people need several sessions before their mind becomes accustomed to slowing down. This is why a regular time and particular place are helpful.
After meditation, you will feel relaxed and peaceful, and you should take a few minutes to enjoy this state before resuming activities.
Who can benefit from meditation?
Meditation is perfectly safe and suitable for anyone, even children.
To get the most out of meditation, avoid noisy environments, and switch off your telephone as sudden, loud noises can pull you out of your meditative state, making you feel disoriented.
You can still meditate safely if you are taking prescribed medication. Avoid alcohol, however, as this can affect your ability to maintain focus.
Ensure you will not be disturbed by members of your household so that you can fully relax.
Make sure you keep to a time limit of 10-20 minutes for meditation.
YOUR 1ST MEDITATION EXERCISE: this gentle one is easy to perform and requires only a few minutes of your time. With practice, you'll discover how to empty your mind and find peace.
1. Sit quietly in a place that you can be comfortable and will not be interrupted. Take 3 deep breaths, exhaling fully, then breathe in your natural rhythm. Feel yourself begin to relax. Allow passing thoughts to drift away without paying attention to them.
2. Focus on your breath, become aware as you breathe in and out. As you breathe in, imagine that you're becoming filled with a sensation of light and peace. As you breathe out, allow any tension and anxiety to melt away with the exhalation.
3. Follow the rythm of your breath as it flows, gently and regularly. Feel yourself becoming increasingly relaxed and peaceful. Become aware of your breath as the life-force that sustains you, relaxes you, and energizes you. Ignore any distractions that come into your mind, and you'll find that it becomes easy to sit and concentrate on your breathing.
4. Now repeat a special word that has significance for you. Peace, harmony, healing, love..... Repeat your word inwardly with both the in and out breaths. You will feel the emotion associated with that word becoming infused into your being.
5. After a minute or 2, return your full attention to your breathing. Take 3 deep breaths, then bring your attention back to your body and your surroundings. Wriggle your fingers and toes, stretch, slowly open your eyes and take it all in.
6. Sit quietly for a bit to accustom yourself to your everyday state of awareness. Put some music on if you wish. Nice music, give yourself some time to enjoy the feeling of calmness before running off.
Sounds familiar for something else also, I have to think for a bit. ENJOY!!!