The Beginner’s Guide To Meditation
Just like any skill or activity, meditation takes practice before one is able to master it. And regular practice allows for muscle memory which will teach your mind to accept it, and be familiar with the state of mindfulness it puts you in.
Yes, you have to teach your mind to accept meditation. We are always on the move, whether we’re at home, in school, at work, going shopping, doing the groceries, driving, you get the drift. Our bodies have been wired to be constantly busy, constantly chasing after the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world.
If you’re like most, wanting some peace from all of your busy life’s chaos but have no clue where to begin, here’s a beginner’s guide to meditation.
With no complicated steps included, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Here’s A Simple 1-5 For Meditation:
1. Find Your Resting Spot
We’re not talking about setting up that one place in your house where no one else but you can enter, and whosoever does shall be cursed. No (although finding a quiet place will definitely be helpful). Your resting sport is anywhere you can sit that’s comfortable to you. It could be on a floor pillow, or just hardwood floor. It could be a chair, a bench, a stool.
You don’t need to sit with crossed legs to meditate. But you do need to sit, and sit calmly, comfortably, and quietly.
2. Check The Way You’re Seated
If you choose to sit with crossed legs, make sure that your knees aren’t tensed and are level with your hips. If you choose to sit on a chair, mind your posture and let your feet rest flat on the floor.
Sit straight. Sit relaxed. Don’t think model. Think natural, like the way the curvature of your spine naturally lifts your shoulders straightens your back, with a slight arch on the lower part of it, close to your pelvis.
As for your arms, simply lay them on your lap. Easy.
3. Let Not Your Chin Be Proud
Next: Eyes, Head, And Yes, Chin. Instead of sticking your chin up, tuck it in a bit, slightly below that ninety degree angle when you gaze forward.
4. Mind Your Mind And Body
Mind and body. Together. Close your eyes. Forget your inhibitions (never thought I’d actually be able to use that cliché in real life but, there it is). Focus only on you, your mind, your body.
Focus your thoughts on how your weight feels against the floor, or against the chair. Notice how your feet are in contact with the ground. Feel the way your arms are rested on your lap, how your back is holding up your posture.
5. Breathe Easier
Don’t just breathe easy. Be aware of how air goes in your nostrils. Be aware of how it fills up your lungs. As you exhale, be conscious of how that air flows out. It’s the oldest, most basic activity. Breathing. But this time, let your energy be centered on it. Forget the things that have been upsetting you, things that have been stressing you out.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
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