A Guide On How To Meditate

How To Meditate

Meditation has long been considered an effective way to cope with stress and achieve a deeper state of mental relaxation, helping the mind in the process become more active in performing various mental processes.

For one to be able to achieve these goals, it is important to learn how to meditate. Meditation is more than just the image of someone sitting with his legs on a “twisted” position and his eyes closed as we will find out later on.

But the first thing we must learn in meditation is to set the time for it everyday. It doesn’t matter the time of the day or the length of time you allocate; what is more important is that you do it on a regular basis so that you can better feel the effects of meditation on your mind and body. Remember that meditation is not an exercise that promises immediate results, if that is what you’re looking for.

Once you’ve set up the time, you must now set up the location. Make sure it’s a quiet and relaxing location without any nuisances or other distractions that could get in the way of your meditation.

Now that the time and place has been set, we now go to the actual exercise itself in learning how to meditate. We begin by sitting on the same level as the ground, but you can sit on a meditation pillow or a chair if it makes you feel more comfortable. In fact, you can even do it while lying down, and you don’t necessarily have to be in some limb-twisting posture. Just remember to keep your back straight to help you with the breathing later.

Now that you have a comfortable posture for meditation, you now let your breathing become deep and slow from the abdomen instead of from the chest. At the same time, you should keep your eyes half-opened, not letting them focus on anything. But if you’re having a hard time doing so, you can either close your eyes or let them focus on a single, steady object in their view.

The next step is to relax every muscle in your body little by little. This takes time, so it’s important not to rush it. Around this time, your mind begins to think of many things. For meditation, it’s important for your mind to focus; you must gently let your mind focus on a single point and allow it to eventually stay in that point. This sort of mental anchor can either rest on the flow of your breath (without making any judgment on it) or it can be a mental image of place that calms you. The idea here is to just breath.

With your mind trained now to focus on a single point, the next step is to focus now on nothingness to fully clear your mind. This is the pinnacle of meditation, but also the most challenging. This requires great discipline on your part as you can either let the image be cast away or let it come and go until it disappears from your mind.

One must remember in learning how to meditate that meditation is not about seeking enlightenment or perfection. The ultimate goal here is for you to just be, which meditation allows for us in the midst of the frenzy and chaos surrounding our world today.

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