So why would we want to meditate anyway?
Lots of hype about mindfulness,’ going within’ and focusing on the present moment has interested many people who may other wise think meditation is too illusive.
Why Meditate? We have endless amounts of information stored and stacked in the wardrobe of our mind. There are thoughts, memories, pictures of days gone by as well as an amazing amount of knowledge, skills and past pains and joys all jumbled up in the ‘draws’ of our mind. Things stuffed in, packed in so tight there is no place to store anything any more. We get overloaded!
This is why we need to meditate, or at the very least take time out to relax and restore. But where do we start? How is the practice of meditation undertaken? Is there a method to suit everyone?
These questions will be addressed in the next couple of weeks as we post tip and techniques to start your own practice.
The first thing I find useful before a meditation practice is to take some physical activity. This could be walking, cycling, jogging and of course yoga. In the yoga philosophy we follow a set sequence toward meditation practices. These include: Asana (physical practice), Pranayama (breathing) and there are many practices of Asana and Pranayama that assist you to become still. We will include some of these in our posts.
Move the body and then sit….Posture is important!
So step 1: get active if possible and then the body will be more likely to be able to sit for a period of time.
Then sit comfortably on a chair or cross legged on the floor. Hips a little higher than the knees and the spine straight. Relax the arms and hands in your lap. Let your shoulders soften and all the muscles that you hold stress relax.
Follow the breath.
Your first practice is to follow your natural breath. Watch it slow down, become easy and comfortable. Count it in and out. Do not become involved in any internal dialogue with yourself just observe the breath. Watch the breath so closely now that you can observe the stillness at the completion of the inhalation and the completion of the exhalation. The silence is in the pauses of the breath.
You are now meditating. Now practice this, every day.How long? 5 minutes would be a great start.
Stay tuned lots more to come.
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