Ideas On How To Meditate Properly

By Ayman de Meijer

There are a lot of doubts about how to meditate properly, specially when you learn from a book or you start practicing on your own without guidance. Common question like: Am I doing it right? Is this the right posture? How long should I meditate? Discover 7 tips on how to meditate properly.Learn a meditation technique from a good teacher: try to find a guide that has enough knowledge and experience in meditation, be sure you can ask questions when you have difficulties.

Go to a meditation retreat: a retreat is the best possible way to learn a meditation technique, there you have a teacher so you can ask whatever you want, you practice long enough to go deep in the meditation technique you practice and you learn by yourself how to meditate properly.Don't give so much importance to the posture: many people think that they won't have progress in meditation if they don't have a good posture, the only guideline is to sit on a posture you can be comfortable for long periods of time and to keep your back straight.

Clear your area of all possible distractions. This means turning off your cell phone, shutting off the television, and closing windows so passing traffic doesn't interrupt you. Closing off distractions may mean that you must tell others in the home that you are in need of private time and that they must remain quiet. While the ideal situation is an empty house, this is sometimes impossible; enforcing boundaries is the best approach.

Focus on lighting when you prepare your space. Natural light is wonderful, but in some positions natural light may distract you even with closed eyes. Similarly, overly bright artificial lights are disruptive. Seek out these sneaky distractions before meditation.Once your space is properly prepared, take your desired position and close your eyes. Begin breathing deeply, focusing on the cyclical feeling of air entering and leaving your body.

Know yourself: see what works for you, if you see that certain foods don't help you to meditate, then try to avoid that kind of food. If you see that is better for you to meditate early in the morning, then try to do it early in the morning. By continuous practice you will start seeing what helps to meditate properly, follow your own guidance.These tips can make a big difference in your meditation, learn how to meditate properly and remember that you are always learning, meditation is so deep and complete that your practice always has a chance to improve. For more meditation tips and advice visit my webpage.

You are not your thoughts. We believe we are what we think, because we associated who we are with what we are thinking. But to meditate is to separate yourself from your thoughts. You simply become "the watcher". During meditation, you are observing your thoughts. This is how you will reach a state of "no mind", that is, you are in a state of thoughtless awareness.

Choose a calm area which you cannot be disturbed by strangers, friends and family members. The area may be a secluded spot, bedroom or even bathroom during bath-time. When you have the area wholly to yourself for enough time so as to meditate, then it is adequate.Prepare the area with things which boost your focus. Light candles and switch off artificial lighting since it is harsh and distracting, whereas candles flames can help you focus. Dimmer light is good in relaxing at the time of meditation.Light the incense if the pleasant scents assist you to relax during meditation. When you want to meditate for specific purposes, the kind of incense you use brings the difference. For example, spiritual specialists think sage incense defends against negative energy.

Get contented on the cushion or couch. Do not sit on uncomfortable place since it will interfere with your meditative concentration. Begin by relaxing and cooling the mind and body. Clear the mind so that you think of your body and nothing else then focus. Take time and get in touch with the body, for some individuals it can take longer. When doing a silent meditation you can lay down. Then focus on every part of the body one by one until you observe calmness all through the body.

Third, relax yourself by starting to lighten the muscles of your forehead then your eyebrows, your cheeks, your mouth, your jaw and your entire face and head. Then continue relaxing your muscles on your shoulders, your arms, feel your back lighten, release the tension felt by your thighs and legs then let the aches and pains flow out. Remember not to allow inner chattering or chanting of mantras as this will lead to formation of thoughts. Your goal is to block thoughts from forming. This step may be difficult especially for beginners but as you constantly meditate you will observe that it will become easier.

Now the fourth step is important especially when thoughts start to come in. All you have to consider is, "focus on your breathing". This will divert your attention and block incoming thoughts. Breathe in and breathe out, do not control your breathing instead just observe it. Let the normal process of inhalation and exhalation occur. Observation is the key nature of the mind so just focus and observe your breathing.Then as you progress thoughts will eventually diminish and breathing will become thinner and shorter leading to the fifth step. As soon as breathing becomes the smallest it will send a flash in between your eyebrows which will signify a meditated state. During this state you will have no thought and no breathing and it is during this state that the cosmic energy flows into your energy body. The more often you meditate the more abundant cosmic energy flows into you.After meditation you would feel a lot lighter and relaxed as your mind had been released from thoughts and emotions causing you tension and stress. So never deprive yourself of proper meditation because a healthy body starts from a healthy mind.

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