Easy Meditation Techniques Anyone Can Do
Meditation has a mystical aura about it, which can cause some people to believe that it’s just too complicated. But rest assured, meditation is a simple practice that anyone can do. And the potential health benefits will astound you.
When you meditate, your body and mind are in a state of deliberate focus and relaxation. You will experience heightened awareness of both your external surroundings and your inner self.
There are many different ways to practice meditation. Fundamentally, however, the main beliefs are similar. The key to a successful meditation experience is to still your mind by flushing out negative thoughts and emotions through deep focus. Later, your thoughts will be less scattered and your actions more purposeful.
Picture it as spring cleaning of your inner self. Your harmful thoughts (think of your reaction to long line-ups, rude customer service representatives and your friend’s new boat) are what “pollute” your mind. Meditation “cleanses” the mind, and lets you focus on the stuff that really matters.
The practice of meditation will work best in a calming environment. Pick the room in your house where you feel most comfortable. If there are others at home, pick a location where you can close the door and block out their noise. Turn the phone off, and make sure there are no loud appliances running, like the dishwasher.
Once meditating is part of your routine, you’ll likely want some extras to enhance the experience. Calming meditation tapes, some aromatic candles and a meditation chair or pillow will help to set the stage.
You’ve almost certainly seen the characteristic images of meditation; people twisted up like a pretzel with flawless stance. You’ll be reassured to know that this isn’t at all compulsory. The plan is to be comfortably positioned so you can concentrate on your meditation, not your painful muscles. You can sit with your legs crossed or extended and with your back against the wall, you can stand up, lie down, and even walk around.
However, you need to keep your back straight if you’re sitting or standing. No slouching allowed, or you might just fall asleep. To help you be more comfortable in your preferred pose, you should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing so that you’re not focusing on your circulation being cut off. You have more essential things to focus on.
A mantra can be a useful part of a meditation routine. A mantra is a word or sound that is continuously repeated, and you should be focused your mantra alone during meditation. Find a meaningful phrase or a certain word, or even just a sound that resonates with you. Although not totally necessary, a mantra will help you to really focus on your breathing and take you to a higher state of consciousness.
Focus is fundamental to your meditation experience. Think of an object in your mind or find one in your line of vision, and concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else. The same applies to a specific thought as well as to your mantra.
For an easy meditation routine to get you started, start by settling yourself in your chosen sanctuary. Close your eyes, and envision each part of your body, from the top down or bottom up, it doesn’t matter. Silently name each part as you think of it, and give it your full attention. You’ll immediately notice if there’s tension or discomfort in that particular location. In your mind, visualize the tension leaving that body part. You’ll be amazed at the results.