Ideas On How To Meditate Properly

By Sharida Kuiken

There are a lot of doubts about how to meditate properly, specially when you learn from a book or you start practicing on your own without guidance. Common question like: Am I doing it right? Is this the right posture? How long should I meditate? Discover 7 tips on how to meditate properly.Learn a meditation technique from a good teacher: try to find a guide that has enough knowledge and experience in meditation, be sure you can ask questions when you have difficulties.

Create a welcoming, calming space for meditation. It is best to use the same space for meditation in order to forge a mental link between the physical place and the experience of meditation. Some prefer meditating on the floor in order to feel more grounded. Others may require a cushion or even to sit on a chair. The right answer for a meditative space is an area where you can physically relax with minimal outside influences. Whether sitting or stretched out allow your body to be comfortable.

Meditate Daily: A daily practice is the best teacher, with daily practice you start learning how to meditate properly. Is like practicing a sport, you have a teacher that gives you some tips and advice on how to be a better player but you only become a better player by practicing, so when you do it daily the practice becomes second nature, as an athlete who runs everyday and the skill becomes part of his or her nature.

Focus on lighting when you prepare your space. Natural light is wonderful, but in some positions natural light may distract you even with closed eyes. Similarly, overly bright artificial lights are disruptive. Seek out these sneaky distractions before meditation.Once your space is properly prepared, take your desired position and close your eyes. Begin breathing deeply, focusing on the cyclical feeling of air entering and leaving your body.

Turn your focus to the part of your body which you would like to relax. Turn your mind to a place that gives you inner peace, for example, a tropical mountain side with rivers and birds chipping.So you want to learn how to meditate properly? Well you have come to the right place. Before I get into how to meditate, I want to talk a little about what meditation is.What is Meditation? If you are not familiar with meditation, you may be confused about what it really is. Meditation is simply "awareness". What is awareness? It is a state where you are completely present in the moment. Being present means you are not thinking about the past and not thinking about the future. All that exists is this very moment, right now. In this state, you can reach higher levels of consciousness and an increase in clarity of mind.

You are not your thoughts. We believe we are what we think, because we associated who we are with what we are thinking. But to meditate is to separate yourself from your thoughts. You simply become "the watcher". During meditation, you are observing your thoughts. This is how you will reach a state of "no mind", that is, you are in a state of thoughtless awareness.

During earlier times Buddhist monks practiced almost constant meditation as they believed that it would help transcend their well-being and reach the state of Nirvana (the highest state of calmness or happiness). This practice continues to exist until this time. Meditation is actually a good form of relaxation because not only will it relax your physical body but also will it help you relieve the tension accumulated from a stressful day. So let us begin the steps on how to meditate properly.

Get contented on the cushion or couch. Do not sit on uncomfortable place since it will interfere with your meditative concentration. Begin by relaxing and cooling the mind and body. Clear the mind so that you think of your body and nothing else then focus. Take time and get in touch with the body, for some individuals it can take longer. When doing a silent meditation you can lay down. Then focus on every part of the body one by one until you observe calmness all through the body.

Third, relax yourself by starting to lighten the muscles of your forehead then your eyebrows, your cheeks, your mouth, your jaw and your entire face and head. Then continue relaxing your muscles on your shoulders, your arms, feel your back lighten, release the tension felt by your thighs and legs then let the aches and pains flow out. Remember not to allow inner chattering or chanting of mantras as this will lead to formation of thoughts. Your goal is to block thoughts from forming. This step may be difficult especially for beginners but as you constantly meditate you will observe that it will become easier.

Now the fourth step is important especially when thoughts start to come in. All you have to consider is, "focus on your breathing". This will divert your attention and block incoming thoughts. Breathe in and breathe out, do not control your breathing instead just observe it. Let the normal process of inhalation and exhalation occur. Observation is the key nature of the mind so just focus and observe your breathing.Then as you progress thoughts will eventually diminish and breathing will become thinner and shorter leading to the fifth step. As soon as breathing becomes the smallest it will send a flash in between your eyebrows which will signify a meditated state. During this state you will have no thought and no breathing and it is during this state that the cosmic energy flows into your energy body. The more often you meditate the more abundant cosmic energy flows into you.After meditation you would feel a lot lighter and relaxed as your mind had been released from thoughts and emotions causing you tension and stress. So never deprive yourself of proper meditation because a healthy body starts from a healthy mind.

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