Freeing yourself from the daily hiccups of life is so much more needed in this world of today. With negativity surrounding most of us on a daily basis, we tend to turn towards meditation. No, there is nothing wrong in meditation if you are from another religion or belief! Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity. It helps in training your mind towards paying more attention and creating more awareness and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally clam and stable state. Meditation is a simple way of giving rest to the mind in the most natural way. As one of the most sought-after, meditation is a remedy that is being adopted by one and all. However, it is also misunderstood and misinterpreted method offered by numerous self-styled gurus.
Every human being is gifted with a unique mind, great inner strength and energy which unlocks further when he begins meditating. It will guide him naturally on the journey forward. So, start meditating as soon as possible without much delay. Practically, there is no need for someone’s help. It is very simple and easy to practice, so if you’re a novice to meditation, then here are some rules or tips to meditating.
1: Make it a formal
practice. Set aside a time in the day that is your meditation
2: Only meditate for
as long as you are enjoying it. It is especially important in the
beginning that meditation is not a chore.
3: Do yoga or
stretch first. Firstly physical activity will draw your own awareness
into the body and away from your mind. A practice like yoga loosens
the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit more comfortably.
Additionally, yoga opens the body not only at the physical level but
also at subtle level, which facilitates movement of energy in the
4: Pick a specific
location in your home to meditate. Ideally the place you choose will
be somewhere that does not have much activity at other times. Two
reasons for doing this are, the subconscious is conditioned by
repetition, so by going to the same place at the same time each day
to meditate you can get in yourself to expect to meditate when you
are there. The second reason is that when you meditate you begin to
create a particular vibration in that spot. With time and meditation
and place will become increasingly attuned to this energy of
meditation, again making it easier for you to meditate when you are
5: Make sure your
will meditation time is respected. if you live with others make sure
that they understand that you are not to be disturbed while you are
meditating. Equally for yourself make the same commitment, for
example if your phone should ring, be aware of it and continue your
6: Create some
representation of sacred space in your meditations spot. This should
obviously be what is meaningful for you, maybe an actual altar with
pictures and objects, or maybe just a special rug and your meditation
7: Use ritual if it
helps you. This doesn’t have to be elaborate it could be as simple as
lighting a candle, or a lighting incense. The repetition of a ritual
before you meditate, is again conditioning preparation for your body
8: Commit for the
long haul. When you begin with the clear idea in your mind that the
greatest benefits from meditation will accumulate with time, and see
it as an ongoing process, you are less likely to give up in
9: Meditate with
understanding. Get clear in your mind exactly what you think
meditation is and what it will be like before you start. Invariably
everybody does have ideas and expectations like this, it is very
helpful to make them conscious before you start.
10: Be clear of your
motivation to begin meditation. When you understand your reasons and
objectives in beginning meditation you are more likely to find a
practice or technique that will work for you at that time.
11: Begin with a
particular practice that you have actively chosen and commit to doing
it for a given time period. Many beginners are constantly jumping
from one to type or technique of meditation to another. Your
meditation practice is a relationship with yourself, it will not
deepen if it consists of one night stands. This is not to say that
the practice or technique you begin with is the one you stay with for
the rest of your life, but a relationship is best left when you know
exactly why it is that you are leaving, and not done simply on an
yourself. Confusion and misunderstanding is primarily caused by
ignorance. Find a good teacher, or online community where you can get
answers. Read some books on meditation and spiritual practice.
13: Notice if
frustration starts to creep into your practice. If you notice this
happening take some time to explore what is going on for you, what
expectation is not being fulfilled. Then examine the expectation
itself, what is it based on.
14: Be honest with
yourself. As I said meditation is a relationship with yourself, you
are the most important person you need to be straightforward with,
and meditation is a key place to practice this.
15: Be prepared for
some discomfort. It is normal in the beginning to experience some
physical discomfort when sitting to meditate. Most people are not
accustomed to sitting still, other than maybe slouched on a couch.
Your body needs time to develop strength and openness in the right
places to allow you to sit comfortably and alert. Sooner or later
discomfort will also be experienced at the emotional and mental
levels. If you are not consciously prepared for this it is likely to
deter you from continuing.
16: Until you are
well versed in your meditation practice it can be very beneficial to
use a recording to guide you. This will help your mind to let go of
concern about what you are doing, and the recording can act as a
guide until you no longer need it.
17: Start to look
for moments of awareness during the day. Finding space to be
consciously present during everyday activities is a wonderful way to
evolve your meditation practice. Take advantage, of the time spent
waiting in traffic, waiting in line, waiting for anything, to become
present to yourself and what you are experiencing within yourself.
Look for such opportunities in your day, however brief, simple as
they are taken radically change or experience of life.
18: Do it together.
Meditating with a partner or group can have many wonderful benefits,
and can improve your practice. When meditating with others many
people say that it improves the quality of their meditation. However,
it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules
before you begin.
19: Don’t stress
about it. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the
hardest to implement. Many people in beginning meditation become
anxious about whether they are doing it right or not, or whether
something they experience should be happening or not. The article,
meditation is practice, goes into more detail regarding this.
20: Invest in a
good, comfortable meditation cushion. If you need other things to
allow your body to sit comfortably in without strain, get them. If
you set yourself up with the things that you need, you are removing a
future potential pitfall to your practice.
Meditation is one of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself, like any lasting and meaningful relationship it takes energy and commitment, it takes understanding and tolerance. If you put these things in to your practice meditation will become your best friend, and powerful resource.