Meditation Techniques

Meditation Techniques



Do Yoda Proud: Meditation 101

Meditation refers to​ ​ a​ ​ state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. Practitioners of ​ this art report increased awareness,​ focus,​ and concentration,​ as​ well as​ a​ ​ more positive outlook in​ ​ life.

Meditation is​ ​ most commonly associated with monks,​ mystics and other spiritual disciplines. However,​ you​ don’t have to​ ​ be a​ ​ monk or mystic to​ ​ enjoy its benefits. And you​ don’t even have to​ ​ be in​ ​ a​ ​ special place to​ ​ practice it. you​ could even try it ​ in​ ​ your own living room!

Although there are many different approaches to​ ​ meditation,​ the​ fundamental principles remain the​ same. the​ most important among these principles is​ ​ that of ​ removing obstructive,​ negative,​ and wandering thoughts and fantasies,​ and calming the​ mind with a​ ​ deep sense of ​ focus. This clears the​ mind of ​ debris and prepares it ​ for a​ ​ higher quality of ​ activity.

The negative thoughts you​ have – those of ​ noisy neighbors,​ bossy officemates,​ that parking ticket you​ got,​ and unwanted spam– are said to​ ​ contribute to​ ​ the​ ‘polluting’ of ​ the​ mind,​ and shutting them out is​ ​ allows for the​ ‘cleansing’ of ​ the​ mind so that it ​ may focus on​ deeper,​ more meaningful thoughts.

Some practitioners even shut out all sensory input – no sights,​ no sounds,​ and nothing to​ ​ touch – and try to​ ​ detach themselves from the​ commotion around them. you​ may now focus on​ a​ ​ deep,​ profound thought if ​ this is​ ​ your goal. it ​ may seem deafening at first,​ since we are all too accustomed to​ ​ constantly hearing and seeing things,​ but as​ you​ continue this exercise you​ will find yourself becoming more aware of ​ everything around you.

If you​ find the​ meditating positions you​ see on​ television threatening – those with impossibly arched backs,​ and painful-looking contortions – you​ need not worry. the​ principle here is​ ​ to​ ​ be in​ ​ a​ ​ comfortable position conducive to​ ​ concentration. This may be while sitting cross-legged,​ standing,​ lying down,​ and even walking.

If the​ position allows you​ to​ ​ relax and focus,​ then that would be a​ ​ good starting point. While sitting or standing,​ the​ back should be straight,​ but not tense or tight. in​ ​ other positions,​ the​ only no-no is​ ​ slouching and falling asleep.

Loose,​ comfortable clothes help a​ ​ lot in​ ​ the​ process since tight fitting clothes have a​ ​ tendency to​ ​ choke you​ up and make you​ feel tense.

The place you​ perform meditation should have a​ ​ soothing atmosphere. it ​ may be in​ ​ your living room,​ or bedroom,​ or any place that you​ feel comfortable in. you​ might want an exercise mat if ​ you​ plan to​ ​ take on​ the​ more challenging positions (if you​ feel more focused doing so,​ and if ​ the​ contortionist in​ ​ you​ is​ ​ screaming for release). you​ may want to​ ​ have the​ place arranged so that it ​ is​ ​ soothing to​ ​ your senses.

Silence helps most people relax and meditate,​ so you​ may want a​ ​ quiet,​ isolated area far from the​ ringing of ​ the​ phone or the​ humming of ​ the​ washing machine. Pleasing scents also help in​ ​ that regard,​ so stocking up on​ aromatic candles isn’t such a​ ​ bad idea either.

The monks you​ see on​ television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra. This,​ in​ ​ simple terms,​ is​ ​ a​ ​ short creed,​ a​ ​ simple sound which,​ for these practitioners,​ holds a​ ​ mystic value.

You do not need to​ ​ perform such; however,​ it ​ would pay to​ ​ note that focusing on​ repeated actions such as​ breathing,​ and humming help the​ practitioner enter a​ ​ higher state of ​ consciousness.

The principle here is​ ​ focus. you​ could also try focusing on​ a​ ​ certain object or thought,​ or even,​ while keeping your eyes open,​ focus on​ a​ ​ single sight.

One sample routine would be to​ ​ – while in​ ​ a​ ​ meditative state – silently name every part of ​ you​ body and focusing your consciousness on​ that part. While doing this you​ should be aware of ​ any tension on​ any part of ​ your body. Mentally visualize releasing this tension. it ​ works wonders.

In all,​ meditation is​ ​ a​ ​ relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the​ effort (or non-effort – remember we’re relaxing).

Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiologic effects to​ ​ the​ body. And there has been a​ ​ growing consensus in​ ​ the​ medical community to​ ​ further study the​ effects of ​ such. So in​ ​ the​ near future,​ who knows,​ that mystical,​ esoteric thing we call meditation might become a​ ​ science itself!




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