How to Practice Meditation

 

 

There are many people who want to know how to practice meditation and who believe it is something that is either alien to them or beyond them. We hear of monks and spiritual gurus practicing meditation and find it difficult to relate that to ourselves and even more difficult to see how we can make meditation an integral part of our daily lives. The reality is that it is much easier than people think 

Meditation is simple and transformative, yet it is highly misunderstood. Some people think it is about controlling the mind or stopping thinking, while others see it as both weird and wacky or boring and meaningless.

Yet meditation really just means being totally present, totally aware with whatever is happening. It is being with ourselves completely as we are. If the mind is thinking, then we are aware of the thinking; if the body is moving, then we are aware of the movement. Hence we have sitting meditation, sound meditation, walking meditation, even running meditation. It is not purposefully doing anything other than just being here and now.

Meditation can be done cross legged with chanting if that is what suits you best, or it can be done whilst going about your daily work. 

The most important thing with meditation practice is simply to do it regularly. If you don't have time to sit and meditate then meditate as you drive to work or as you walk to pick up the kids. 

Here are some suggestions to help you understand how to practice meditation and how to improve you meditation sessions.

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1. Create a daily practice even if it is just for 5 minutes. Meditation has an accumulative effect, so doing it for a few minutes every day is actually more helpful than an hour once a week.

2. Meditate for the sake of it without expectations, as it can cause stress and even a sense of failure if you look for results. No appointments, no disappointments!

3. Make friends with your breath. Focusing on the natural flow of your breathing will give your mind something to do and encourages your attention to go inward. In this way you also make friends with your meditation practice.

4. Make friends with your chattering monkey mind. When you are still your mind can seem very busy and distracting. Name this your monkey mind and don’t take it too seriously.

5. Commit to your peace. There is nothing more important than your peace, it is the core of your being, so make a commitment to being still and quiet regularly.

6. Do It

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Meditation helps to quieten the mind and helps you to destress, so please make sure that you don't get stressed out about your meditation practice as this will simply be counterproductive. Just concentrate on your breath and let your thoughts drift away.

If you need more information on how to practice meditation than please visit the other articles on this site or watch a video or two to give you a better idea of what it is all about

 

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