Life has become increasingly busy and fast-paced. It is so easy to lose focus on the more essential things. In exchange for working to get our earthly external needs met, we tend to neglect the importance of our internal needs, namely feeling peace and calm. This lack of internal peace can make us feel confused, exhausted and unfulfilled no matter how many achievements we may earn.
Peace is the main focus of meditation. It allows us to watch the flow of our thoughts as we retire to the inner world of the senses.
And more significantly, meditation infuses new energy into the monotony of our daily routine.
Meditation is most beneficial when you make it part of your everyday routine. In its simplest form, the practice of meditation brings satisfaction and renewal of spirit. During the little time that meditation requires each day, you learn more about yourself. This understanding can lead you to exciting achievements not only in your spiritual life, but also in your relationships with others.
While you learn to focus and concentrate, meditation brings you a clearer sense of direction, and often answers to questions that plague you. When you make a daily practice of meditation, you will begin to notice how it changes your life, perception and purpose.
How do you meditate? It may seem mystical and unnatural, but is in fact a practice that has been around for thousands of years.If you are a beginner, here is a simple meditation technique that will nurture your consciousness to expand beyond the realms that you experience during the normal course of a day.
The entire process can be as short as 5 minutes to an hour or more. You may wish to set a timer if you have a limited period available.
Here are the steps to take:
Step 1: Find a quiet and comfortable place good for reflection. Sit in a comfortable position. You can sit cross-leged on a carpet/towel or mat, or sit in a chair. The exact seated position of meditation doesn’t matter, as long as you feel relaxed and focused.
Step 2: Gently close your eyes. This is an essential requirement to shut out the chaos of the world. Closing your eyes directs your attention to your internal awareness, a major goal of meditation. It is because the sense of sight greatly diminishes your other senses ability to focus. There are open-eyed meditations, however for a beginner you will have a much better experience, and more insight with your eyes closed.
Step 3: Relax. This is a vital step when meditating. One way to do this is by taking deep breaths, say to a count of 7. Hold for 5 counts, and then exhale for 7. As you exhale, release any discomfort in your body.Letting go of tension in your muscles helps to let go of the stress accumulated throughout the day. Beneath your eyelids, watch the space and the darkness and the colors that may pass. Put your attention on the flow of your thoughts as they pass through your mind, without dwelling on any of them. Just Watch how these thoughts rise and fall. As you do this, your subconscious becomes more vibrant and aware.
Step 4: You may repeat a mantra. This will help keep you focused. An effective mantra is the Sanskrit Sloka, amaram hum madhuram hum.
This means “I am immortal, I am blissful”. However, you can use any word or sound that doesn’t have an emotional meaning to you. The first time I meditated, I repeated “relax” over and over as I exhaled.
Step 5: When your time is up, or you feel it is time to move on, rub your two hands together and then lay them on your face to give it warmth.
This will help you return to your other activities feeling refreshed and relaxed. For the easiest plan that will get you results, do this meditation for at least ten minutes, twice a day. Preferably, at the start and at the end of the day.
Easy enough? Don’t worry if it is difficult to ignore the thoughts and to-do items that keep intruding your mind. Just let them pass. Before you know it, you will look forward to this quiet time to recharge your spirit through meditation. You will find yourself coming up with answers to questions that baffled you. You will feel more centered in your dealings with others, and you will feel ready to tackle more challenges in your life.