How to meditate?
Nowadays, many people associate yoga or meditation with an Internet trend or something intended only for monks and followers of Eastern religions. It must be admitted that the growing global interest in this practice has often resulted in meditation being perceived as something shallow and ineffective, done purely for the sake of appearances. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Meditation done correctly is nothing more than a true journey into the depths of your mind and body. It is a tool that will allow you to get to know the nooks and crannies of yourself that you had no idea about before. It will open doors for you that you didn’t know were closed until now. It will teach you to recognize the signals your body sends to you and sensitize your senses to the world around you.
How to start meditating?
Start by choosing a place where you want to indulge in meditation. It should be quiet, peaceful, preferably away from the hustle and bustle of the house or city, a space where you can freely “switch off from the world for a while. Next we focus on choosing a comfortable position, it’s very important that it be comfortable, the slightest discomfort can disrupt your stream of consciousness.
For beginners, a sitting or lying down position is most advisable, as it guarantees even support for the legs and back. Before your first meditation, try several positions to find the right one. If, after a few minutes of stillness, you feel no pain, stretching or numbness – you’ve found the right one.
Once you have your position, close your eyes and start breathing deeply. Take your time, this is to put your body into a state of calm, your heart rate will lower and your movements will become more slow. With each inhalation, imagine oxygen reaching every part of your body, first your head, neck, then your shoulders, arms, hands, torso, feel it reaching every organ, charging it with energy.
Once you get your body into this state, it’s time for the mind. Try to quiet it, imagine a white abyss into which you throw all your tiresome thoughts, so that your head remains a blank page. Try to isolate your mind, so that external stimuli do not reach you, or at least not with the standard power, they are supposed to be only a background. Let your mind wander, let the thoughts that appear in your head be random, let them flow with their current, don’t control them.
The time you devote to meditation is not top-down, it is a very individual matter for everyone. When you want to end the practice, don’t do it abruptly. Start with minimal movements of your toes and hands, ‘get’ your body used to reality and the stimuli that are about to come.
Start making slow movements with your hands, start gently turning your head from side to side, but hold off on opening your eyes until the very end, as this very action will complete your journey. For the meditation to be fully completed, at the end express your gratitude for the practice – to yourself, energy or a Higher Being.
Meditation is a practice that not only works on our mind, it also benefits our body. It lowers blood pressure, allows for deep and restful sleep and increases its quality, reduces your daily stress levels, eliminates tension, improves concentration and learning ability. It allows you to have more control over your mind, helps you deal with negative emotions or traumas, and improves your mood. Start the adventure of meditation today, increase the comfort of your life without leaving home.
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