Art of Meditation
A beneficial art which has existed for centuries in aiding people to detoxify their daily life, among other things as well. This meditation practice is where an individual trains their mind, essentially inducing it into a mode of consciousness, to a calming effect while directing awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved.
Clearing the mind daily can help assist in easing health issues, such as, but not limited to high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. And you only need to spend as little as a few minutes each day to benefit.
Typically when meditation is envisioned, it is done so with the image of one sitting, but it can also be done being active. For example, if you look at the Buddhist monks, they involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind training.
There exists dozens of specific styles of meditation practices, and many different types of meditative practices to coincide with those. They could be listed all at once, but that would just create confusion upfront and we’re looking to do is to keep our beginnings as calm as possible throughout the learning process.
Listed below are practical tips to help you get past the initial hurdles (it is usually a struggle in the beginning to wrangle your mind in to cooperate) and progress to long term meditation integration.
Search the internet or run down to your local bookstore and pick up an instructional guide that goes in depth that describes the deep meditative process and its benefits. This is a great way to deepen your knowledge base apart from what I’ve listed here. Even listening to an audio disc or book is great as well.
The only way to get to the next level in meditation is that you must set aside time daily to practice this. It is recommended you start with two times per day. Specific times would be ideal. For instance, upon waking in the morning and prior to bed in the evening.
In general, stretching is a good practice to get into whether you’re meditating or not. For the sake of meditation though, it will loosen your muscles and tendons allowing you to sit or lie with more comfort. This practice also starts the process of you going inward by bringing more attention to your body.
When you breathe deeply at the start of your session it’ll slow your heart rate and in turn relax the muscles and focus the mind. It is ideal that you start every meditation session with this practice.
Meditation is a very active process. It is an art to be able to focus your attention to a single point which is difficult, so you must work to be purposefully engaged into the full process.
In the beginning, quieting your mind will prove the most aggravating deterrent in trying to achieve calmness. You’ll probably want to quit, but you’ll need to persevere and solidly focus on your breathing and let your frustrations gradually slip away.
Mediation does not need to be an elaborate process to be effective. You should however be open to experimenting with different styles and positions (sitting, lying, eyes open or closed, etc.)
Take notice of your body when you have a meditative state beginning to take hold. When your mind quiets put all of your attention to the feet and then slowly move your attention up your body as well as your internal organs. This will be very healthy and a good indicator that you’re on the right path.
Pick a specific room in your home to begin meditating and make sure its not the same room where you work, exercise or sleep. Candles or other spiritual items placed around this room may help you relax and feel at peace.
Be persistent and be dedicated for the long haul since this is a life long practice. Do the best you can do daily and then let it go. Do not dwell on examining your results as there is no benefit to that.
Find your breath and “being present” while not in a formal meditative place is a great way to grow into your meditative habits.
Make sure you have a peaceful environment for your meditative process as any slight mental distraction no matter how minor, will result in you not achieving your deep relaxation state of mind.
Physical movements that are ever so slight can help transform you from frustration to one of renewal. These movements can be very beneficial in adding to your enhancement.
Using a lit candle as a point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This is very effective if you have trouble starting your session with your eyes closed.
DO NOT stress about anything during your meditation. We stress about things in our daily lives so much that it offsets our mood all day long and you’ll have the same effect if you don’t free your mind before and after your meditative session. Yes, you may struggle with this to start but be persistent and it will eventually be a non-issue under easier control.
When you wake up in the morning your mind is quiet and calm, maybe a little groggy but you don’t have any of the mental clogs that you carried from the previous day. Because of that, this would be an ideal time to meditate.
After your session is finished take a few moments to be grateful of your minds ability to focus and practice this beautiful technique.
Is meditation easy? Not always. You’ll have your good and bad days with it and you may reach a point where that fire lit under you flickers out. When this happens, you really need to go back to the original source of your motivation, or talk with others that are into meditation to help reignite that fire.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRACTICE AS ITS TIME THAT YOU NEED TO REWARD YOUR BODY AND MIND FOR PUTTING IT THROUGH THE DAY TO DAY PROCESS WE CALL LIFE.
UCLA Health, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, has great page with free guided Meditations as well . https://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations