Best Meditation Methods

By Toms Sousa Lima

Discovering the best meditation method for you is one of the highs you can experience in modern chosen mantra over and over, either out loud or in your life.Too often, we are too stressed even to contemplate meditation, even though taking a few quiet minutes to meditate could be one of the best things we could do in our lives.

Learn about the Breathing Techniques. In meditation, one of the first few things that is needs to be learned is proper breathing techniques. To do this, you must first sit comfortably (either on a chair or on the floor) with legs crossed or the Indian sit. Place your palms on each leg with palms facing up. Close your eyes and start to listen to the things happening around you. Start paying close attention to your breathing making sure to slowly inhale and breathe out through your lips. Do this in a slow manner until you are able to concentrate on without being distracted of the noise around you or be bothered by thoughts running through your head.

Candle meditation. Light a candle somewhere safe, sit down and focus on the candle flame. Let all other thoughts drift out of your mind. Keep focussed on the flickering flame. Guided meditation. Put on your headphones and listen to a pre-recorded guided meditation talk you through the process of relaxing your body and clearing your mind. Mirror gazing. No, you're not doing an impression of Narcissus! Simply gaze into your reflected image. Focus on the wall just behind your head. Let all other thoughts fall out of your mind.

Whenever a person is having trouble with focus or concentration, as they meditate, the number of random thoughts occurring slowly diminishes, as does a person's attachment to these thoughts, and your identification with them. This happens because we are usually not aware of all the mental activity that we are generally engaged in. Meditation helps to allow the mind's activity to settle down, resulting in you becoming more calm and focused.

Meditation is a technique which is great for stress management. One good thing to note is that stress often occurs in the mind,although it doesn't make it less real. This means that the mind is the key to remove stress from your life. Once a person meditates regularly, he or she experiences relaxation, gains increased awareness, sharper mental focus, and achieves clarity and a sense of peace.

The best time to meditate is early in the morning. Early in the morning the earth is restful and more peaceful. Also there are less demands on your time. Therefore the morning consciousness is more conducive to meditation.Sri Chinmoy says,"If you meditate in the morning, you will find that your meditation will be most fruitful. Before the sun rises, the earth -consciousness is not yet agitated."

Rosemary. This soothing herbal concoction can help ward off headaches. This fragrant spice-shelf herb is not only good for perking up roasts and poultry, this can also help prevent certain kinds of stress-induced headaches. Since rosemary helps keep blood vessels dilated, it can prevent headaches caused by vasoconstriction, wherein blood vessels narrow. For preparing a tea, use 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary per cup of boiling water.

Chamomile. This herb is effective for soothing the tummy, as well as the soul. With a mild, relaxing and delicate flavor, this herb contains oils that relax the smooth muscles in the stomach. Taking three cups daily helps to ease indigestion, irritable bowel problems, and colitis. Be sure to select 100 percent pure chamomile flowers with a strong, fresh apple aroma. Use 1 tablespoon of flowers per cup of boiling water. Take for 2 months or more if your experience chronic problems.

You may find that you have a best time of day when you are learning to meditate that is a different best time of day when you are an experienced meditator. When you are just learning to meditate, it is helpful to have optimal conditions -- a quiet place with no interruptions. After you have experienced some benefits of meditating, you will not need to create the ideal situation because you will be committed on a different level. Many people meditate on planes and trains or other noisy places.

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