Meditation 101: An Easy Way to Bring Some Peace Into Your Life

Meditation 101: How to Bring Some Peace Into Your Life

Meditation refers to a state in which your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. People who practice the art of meditation report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.

Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines. However, you don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy it’s benefits. And you don’t even have to be in a special place to practice it. You could even try it in your own living room.

Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same. The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus. This clears the mind of clutter and prepares it for a higher quality of activity.

The negative thoughts you have, those of noisy neighbors, bossy office mates, that parking ticket you got, and unwanted spam, are said to contribute to the ‘pollution’ of the mind, and shutting them out allows for ‘cleansing’ of the mind, so that it can focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts.

Some people even shut out all sensory stimulation; no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch , and they try to completely detach themselves from the commotion around them. You can now focus on a deep, profound thought if this is actually your goal.

It can seem deafening at first, since we’re all so accustomed to constantly hearing and seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you’ll find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you.

If you find the meditating positions you see on TV a bit intimidating, those with impossibly arched backs, and painful-looking contortions, don’t stress. The principle here is to be in a comfortable position, conducive to concentration. This might be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking.

If the position allows you to relax and focus, then that would be a good starting point. While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight. In other positions, the only no-no is slouching and falling asleep.

Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel tense.

The place you do your meditation should have a soothing atmosphere. It can be in your living room, or bedroom; any place that you feel comfortable in.

You might want an exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions (if you feel more focused doing so, and if the contortionist in you is screaming for release). You may want to have the place arranged so that it is soothing to your senses.

Silence helps most people relax and meditate more peacefully, so you might want to find a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing of the phone or the humming of the washing machine.

Pleasant scents also help, so stocking up on aromatherapy candles isn’t a bad idea either.

The monks you see on television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra. This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which for these practitioners, holds some mystic value.

You don’t need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a higher state of consciousness.

The principle here is focus. You could also try focusing on a certain object or thought, or even, while keeping your eyes open, focus on a single sight.

One sample routine would be to – while in a meditative state – silently name every part of you body and focusing your consciousness on that part. While doing this you should be aware of any tension on any part of your body. Mentally visualize releasing this tension. It works wonders.

In all, meditation is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort (or non-effort, remember…we’re relaxing).

Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiological effects to the body. And there has been a growing consensus in the medical community to further study the effects of this.

So in the near future, who knows, that mystical, esoteric thing we call “meditation” might become a science itself!

Peace 🙂

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