For many, meditation conjures up images of a man with a long white beard, sitting cross-legged high on a mountain top in his sandals and white robe. For me meditation is more about the search for a calmness or serenity in a busy world. It gives me the peace I am longing for and often times it clears my head enough that I can face the daily challenges.
Meditation is a tool that enables you to truly relax both your mind and your body. As we relax and attempt to meditate, we gain control over our minds, thoughts and so forth. Through this relaxation, we get a sense of spirituality and we begin to be able to focus on the energy surrounding us. Focusing on this energy helps us to deal with life and people more calmly.
If you are wondering how you too can achieve this feeling of tranquility and peacefulness here are some tips on getting started with meditation.
How do I meditate?
When you start to meditate, you must realize that at first it will be difficult. Meditation is the process or removing all thoughts from your mind for a short time and then allowing the mind to focus. Sometimes you may find your mind wandering and that’s okay, but once you are able to truly clear your mind, then you can move to meditate.
Where to meditate?
As you begin to meditate, start by finding a comfortable and quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Some people also feel it beneficial to meditate right before they go to sleep at night as they are already starting to unwind and relax from the day’s events.
How to begin
Meditation is most effective when you sit upright in your relaxed spot, but if you are doing it before you fall asleep, feel free to stay lying down. Once you are relaxed, use your hands to bear your body weight. Take a deep breath and breathe in the air, inhaling it fully into your lungs. Now hold for a few seconds and release. Relax again maintaining your relaxed position. When you learn to focus on your breathing and how to take deep breaths, it helps you to remove unwarranted stress and opens your mind to meditation.
Meditation will take practice
One must practice daily to gain control over their thoughts. As you continue your journey through meditation, don’t be surprised to find your mind wandering backwards to memories you do not like. Allow room to accept your discomforts and the thoughts to freely come forward. Remember, you lived it once, how can it harm you again? Allow room for freedom and slowly these thoughts will be replaced with peaceful, serene and comforting thoughts.
I invite you to welcome the power that meditation can have on your thoughts, your body and your overall health and well-being.