Meditation is a technique used to connect deeper with your inner self and it can help bring a sense of peace. It has been used for thousands of years and many countries throughout the world use it to help enhance their quality of life. People who meditate regularly have a lower level of stress, increased awareness, and stronger developed intuition.
Meditation can be practiced by anyone, from a beginner to an expert. It’s often called a practice, because there will always be challenges in life, and it is a task to overcome them. We often hear the term “quiet the mind,” but what does that really mean? And what does it entail, in order to achieve that result?
Ironically, to get to a state where we can quiet the mind and clear the head, it requires the practice of letting go, and the art of doing nothing. In the first world countries, we have become so focused on doing things, and on getting things done, that we have worked ourselves into overdrive. Too often, we do not know how to let go of the stress. This is where the art of meditation comes in.
There are many ways to meditate, and if you begin exploring, you’ll see how different each meditation technique may be. Some require certain postures and hand positions, some require a mantra or sound to repeat, some are guided by another person, some are in a group setting, while others are practiced privately.
Any way that you choose to meditate is fine. I prefer to use a guided meditation, which is a sound recording on my phone. Whatever helps you relax the most will help you achieve optimal results. There is no right or wrong way to meditate.
Pick a spot in your home that is relaxing to you. You can sit on the ground, a cushion, a chair, on a sofa, or even your bed. You can also sit in nature if you like.
Try to sit with your spine straight, and your hands relaxed in your lap. If you are in a chair, sit with your feet planted firmly on the ground, knees and ankles uncrossed. If you are seated elsewhere, you may sit with cross legs or however is most comfortable.
Close your eyes. Imagine a sense of calm. Try to breathe it in. Inhale calm, exhale worry. Continue for 5 minutes. If the mind is still racing, you can try putting on some relaxing music to help enhance your practice. As you become better at this, increase your time gradually.