Summary: Experience the magic of meditation by developing a meditation practice. Here is how you can get started on it.
Have you ever wondered about the nature of the most revered and fascinated organ of a human body– The Brain? Well, many of us don’t. Distinct from controlling the body functions, influencing our behavior patterns, and allowing us to remember and learn things, it is the mind’s nature to wander.
Our mind is constantly filled with frothy layers of negative, distracting, and stressful thoughts that make our brain wander to less important things making us anxious. The mental chatter in our head never lets us enter the space of true consciousness. However, the yogic technique of meditation allows this to happen. The habit of meditation is the most simple and powerful exercise that is gifted to the human race that instigates the mind to come home to mindfulness.
Practice it any time of the day and anywhere (a quiet place) and it surely benefits you in miraculous ways: tranquilizes the mind, supports parasympathetic nervous system, heightens self-awareness, re-connects you to your true soul and so much more.
With our lives becoming busy, we often come across unfulfilling and distracting thoughts in myriad forms making it highly important for a majority of us to live in the present moment and to rest in a peaceful state.
Dwell in the effective practice of meditation and peacefully witness its magic transform your mind and life in glorious ways. Learn how to begin a daily meditation practice in the upcoming section:
- Set a time and place: This is the first step to beginning a meditation practice– select a comfortable and peaceful place. Spacing away from the distractions and disturbances of the life is ideal for calming the mind. Deck up the place with aromatic candles, dim lights, and motivational quotes for the spiritual ambiance and enhancement. Second is to follow the routine as authentically as possible. It is good to practice meditation in the same place and time for favorable outcomes. Mornings are highly recommended for setting the positive pace of the mind for the rest of the day.
- Get comfortable: Every meditation style is practiced in a seated position with legs crossed and hands in Mudra like Gyan, Buddhi, etc. For beginners, it can be difficult sitting for prolonged durations on the floor, therefore, a novice can make themselves comfortable on yoga pillows or blocks. Seniors can sit on a chair. Modification reduces discomfort in knees and keeps the spine erect.
- Sit Tall: Sit straight for meditation with eyes closed. Slowly increase the length of time of your meditation practice. Tall sitting ensures the spine is in happy alignment, makes breathing easier, opens the heart, and results in alertness.
- Focus on Breath: As you sit in meditation, take deep breaths. Follow each inhalation through your nostril to your throat, lungs, and stomach. Upon exhalation, follow your breath out. Try counting your breaths and keep your mind focused on the breaths. If it wanders, bring it gently back to the breath.
- Be nice to yourself: The famous saying goes: the biggest battle is fought within our head. It’s the character of the brain. Therefore, relax, breathe, and meditate. Do not rush but slowly progress in your practice and develop a gentle attitude towards yourself.
- Practice Makes Man Perfect: Meditation is an art that demands patience and dedication. Each day you will learn the new technique of mastering your emotions, harnessing your thoughts, stimulating the nervous system and staying balanced in the face of stressful situations. The dedicated meditation practices create an internal trust and reservoir of self-sufficiency that is manifested on tangible levels.
Four Major Components of Deepening One’s Meditation Practices:
- Stillness: We all admit with sincerity that we are living a fast-paced lifestyle full of distractions, stress, and monotony. The busier we are, the more we are in disharmony with ourselves and our core. To many stillnesses translates to an absence of movement, but it represents a state of equipoise that most of us lack. Sitting still in meditation while chanting mantra transports us into a state of consciousness.
- Silence: Peace and silence are paramount to the practice of meditation. Practice meditation in silence as it is believed to connect the practitioners to their authentic self– the pure consciousness of who we are on an energy level. Our true self is the expression of love and peace.
- Space: Designate a place for meditation that is peaceful. As we meditate regularly, we become cognizant of the fact that space carries energy and affect us profoundly. Meditation makes the practitioner sentient to the space between sensations, feelings, and emotions.
- Surrender: Surrender yourself to the science of meditation and experience peace and blissfulness overpowering you. In the practice of meditation, surrendering invites the practitioner to walk the journey of spiritual awakening.
And this is how you begin a daily meditation practice and take it on a deeper level. Perform with sincerity and devotion to unfold the most mystical experiences.
Author Bio : Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Luxury Yoga Retreats. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.