How To Meditate
Sat, Feb 4, 2017
What is meditation?
Meditation can be defined a state where the mind is focused on one thing and one thing alone. As you go about your business, in your day to day life, the mind is constantly multi-tasking where you know it our not.
What is going to happen in the next meeting? What should we have for dinner? Remember the milk and on and on…
But in meditation you are concentrating or focusing your mind on one thing and the beauty of it, is that it doesn’t even matter what you are focusing on?
All right, I’m getting it.
Do you need anything in order to start meditating?
Your body and a quiet and comfortable place to sit. That being said there are many items that you can purchase to help make your environment more suitable to meditation, here are some suggestions.
Okay, so how do you meditate?
That is a great question. You’re going to struggle with it a little at first, but not at very first, because at very first, what you do is enter the search phrase “how do you meditate?” into Google, which is fairly simple. This is what comes up:
Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair. Close your eyes. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Really that is it just follow those simple instructions, do not get frustrated when your mind wanders after all it was designed to multitask, just bring it back to your breath and continue.
Should you have a mantra?
A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. At first it might help calm you and concentrate the brain to the task, You can even meditate on your mantra and see what happens when you visualize the mantra because the sound can be anything really. Here are some examples of mantras:
- “I am.”
- Definitely create your own and use it all the time.
Do you think meditation will help?
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boost immune system responses
- Manages stress
- Improves attention, memory and learning (at all ages)
- Reduces symptoms of pain
Is that it?