In our modern world today, we place value on activity, achievements, and tangible results. For as active and busy as our modern society is, it may seem surprising that many people still turn to meditation for silence, inner peace, and reflection. Meditation has shown incredible results when used to reduce stress, increase health, and bring us to peace with our surroundings and in our relationships. Meditation is for anyone and everyone, and with a little practice and research, can be used to improve our health, emotional being, and spiritual wellness.
There are numerous meditation techniques that can be used depending on the goal you are trying to achieve. The method that one person uses to mediate can vary greatly from how another person utilizes meditation. Just as there are a number of different diets, all of which may produce fantastic results, there are also a number of different ways to meditate. Some techniques may work better for you than others, so with a little trial and error, you will be able to benefit from meditation too.
Guided meditations are a great, and common, way to learn to meditate properly. As you sit or lay and relax, you can listen to music and let a guide's voice lead you easily and effortlessly into a calm, meditative state. Learning and following the stages of mediation will also help you fall into a deep and peaceful meditation which can help you relax or focus on a specific goal. The most important thing to remember when you begin to meditate is to be in a quiet and still environment, and rest in a position that feels comfortable and natural to you.
To begin mediation, the first thing you must consider is your purpose or goal. Do you intend to mediate in order to help you follow a particular path, to reach an inner calm, or to feel less stressed? Once you have found your purpose, the next step will be easier. Next, sit or lie down in a comfortable, quiet place, close your eyes, and let your mind wander. Let your thoughts pass through your mind without acknowledging them. Even if this may seem hard at first, do not fear; it gets easier with time and practice. Focus on your breathing pattern; listen to it and follow it, but do not get caught up by judging it, such as "it sounds raspy" or "I'm sounding a bit nasal-y, I must be catching a cold", etc. While you are focused on your breathing, allow the chattering and chaos in your mind to gradually fade away. Once your mind is silenced, you have essentially "cleared" your mind and reached the pinnacle of meditation. Stay in this state for as long as you feel necessary and enjoy the calm and tranquil feelings it brings with it. After a good meditation session you will feel refreshed and relieved of the day's daily stressors.
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