So you decide that meditation can do wonders for you. You are headed in the right direction.
Why do many meditate?
Meditation is the best medication for all agitations. – Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
It is, in a way, a tool. It helps alleviate stress, aids with chronic pain, fosters good physical health, can make you sleep better, be more peaceful, be present, feel happier.
On a profound level, it is a doorway to the unknown. Meditation helps us get a sense of who we really are.
Once you try meditating, you will notice how disruptive the mind is. You might be surprised! You might find your mind thinking about your plans about the future, then wander to the grocery items that you need to buy. Maybe you will find yourself thinking about a painful memory.
If you are just starting out, please don’t worry too much about not being able to focus. It’s natural. Eventually you will learn to tame your thoughts and find some peacefulness and clarity.
Below are some valuable tips for those on the quest to finding their inner selves through meditation.
1. Posture. Whether you are sitting cross-legged on the floor or on a chair, be sure that your head is up and your spine upright. Your mind will tend to drift if you are slumped. Remember, your body and mind is interconnected. A balanced body equates to a balanced mind. A good tip that will help you straighten up is to imagine that your head is touching the sky.
2. Eyes. Try to meditate with your eyes slightly open. This will help you be more present. Lower your eyelids and allow your gaze to be soft. Gauge your comfort level, as some people tend to focus more with their eyes closed. Do what you feel is best for you.
3. Breathing. Pay close attention to your breath, as this is most helpful in anchoring yourself in the present. Listen to your breath as it streams in and out. Let it flow naturally. An ancient meditation practice would be to count your breathing – silently counting, one, two, three, four, then returning home to one.
4. Silence. I know that there are lots of music designed to aid meditation, but nothing beats the simplicity and healing powers of silence. Sitting in silence allows you to experience your mind fully. There is a special calmness and steadiness only silence can give. As you meditate more, you’ll find a place where your inner and outer meets, allowing you to rest in the moment-self-awareness.
Enjoy meditation. Be kind to yourself. Start by spending time to meditate each day. Consistency is the key.