Tips To Get Started On Meditation

By Patricia | February 11, 2009
Meditation: Tips To Get Started

Meditation is good for the body and soul. If you're looking for a reason to start meditating, here are quite a few: meditation can help cope with chronic pain, it can help you attain a balance between the body, soul and mind; it will make you more peaceful, will help you cope with stress, and will be good for your overall wellbeing. If you're all set to meditate then remember that initially you will find it difficult to control your wandering mind; but do not despair – over a period of time, meditation will become a part of your life and you will be able to spend long minutes delving in the calm and peace.

Here are some tips to get started with your meditation practice:

Duration: You can begin with a short duration of lets say 10 to 15 minutes, and then slowly extend the duration of the meditation session. For this, listen to your inner self and what you are comfortable with. But try to be regular and do your meditation sessions every day.

Place: A quiet corner with a mellow, aromatic candle or some incense burning is a great way to begin meditation. You might even enjoy meditating in an open, quiet place or in a wooded area or by a stream. This depends upon your preference.

Posture: Do not slouch, sleep or recline. When you begin meditating, make sure that your spine is straight or upright, and your head is upright. It is believed that in a slumped position, you have more chances of wandering in your thoughts. A well-balanced posture will help significantly.

Eyes: This depends from person to person. While some like to keep their eyes open, with their gaze lowered during meditation, some like to keep their eyes closed. Find out what suits you and what helps you focus more.

Focus: In meditation, focus means concentrating to be more aware and be able to be in the place that you are in. you might find it helpful to practice simple pranayama breathing while meditating to help you focus better.

Breath: Paying attention to your breathing can help you ease into meditation practice. You can even count your breath.

Thoughts: Do not push away your thoughts. When you get distracting thoughts, just address those thoughts as unwanted visitors, and then focus on your breath.

Emotions: span emotions often distract us and pull us away from meditation. A way to deal with this is by focusing on the physical feeling that the emotions bring, like tightening of jaw muscles, quickening of breath or restlessness. Let go of the physical feeling and focus back on your breathing.

Silence: Silence is what you need for meditation. When everything is silent all around, we can actually feel the activity of the mind, and this helps us get into a calm and steady mental state.

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