Congratulations. If you are here, we are sure you are on the right path to energy healing and great health benefits. Looking to begin is always step one and one step at a time can conquer a thousand miles. The art of meditation was not meant to be mastered in a day. It’s a lifelong practice and a process of self-discovery. For many, used to quick fix methods this might demand greater patience and better understanding. Most people shy away, or feel awkward too.
Meditation relaxes your body, mind and spirit raising your frequency levels to attract more health, as your body becomes more immune in this state of being. Studies prove that meditation, being mindful and deep relaxation can reduce stress, improve focus and impact emotions positively.
Like every New Year resolution that fizzles out; majority of health seekers, weight losers to lifestyle addicts try meditation at some point in their lives but only a small minority actually stick with it for the long-term. This is avoidable. One of the most common reasons is that many beginners do not begin with a mindset needed to make the practice sustainable. So here are some things to keep in mind as you take your first step towards meditation.
How to Meditate: 7 Important Tips
1. Begin with a Right Mindset
This means to attribute a sense of respect to your time and choice too. Make it a formal practice and choose a place that is not the space for work or sleep. Start with stretching and breathing which aids one to not just focus inwards but to establish attention on your body. Start with small morning sessions and ensure you stay open to both receive and give energy.
2. Focus on your Body
As you stretch, notice how the attention is drawn to your body parts. Take this a step ahead and scan your body in unison with your breath. Start with your feet, tell your toes to relax and slowly move upwards addressing every part be it leg, stomach, heart, hands or head. You will be surprised how relaxing this process of thorough scan of your body be for you.
3. Find a Vocal Peg
Mantra is a Sanskrit word that means instrument of the mind. Most use it for repetitive sound or vibration, be it spoken or instrumental that helps to soothe and calm your mind. The most popular is OM (or Aum), one can use any other, it’s important to repeat the word or listen to the sound over and over till you feel the vibrations and sound in your body.
4. Add Audio Attention
The vibration of music can help in soothing the place and instilling a meditative state. Ensure you pick a soft soothing one that does not have any vocals. This has to be played at low volumes to form the background and not consume the space by being loud. Importantly, ensure the music does not change or end while you are meditating. The sound of waves. The flow of stream, cuckoo calling all these are quite popular and explain the lure very well now.
5. The Visual Cue
Imagery is a strong force. If you see a frightening image your body reacts with stress hormone –cortisol and get on to an edge. The reverse is also true, by focusing on calming and peaceful images your body can zoom in on its inner stillness leading to relaxation. These images are powerful storehouses for harmonizing body and mind. Pick your favorite scenery or even a love spot and induce that instant calm feeling to get you into a deep meditative mood.
6. Mind your Thoughts and Feelings
One of the important steps is to focus on brain and heart. Most do justice to brain but skip heart. Whereas both contribute to achieving inner peace. Ideally begin with your mind. Be mindful of its varied thoughts, clam the clamor in your head, speak to it, clear it of thoughts and relax your mind. Once down, delve down into your heart and relax it too so that the mind and heart work in unison for a deep and rewarding meditative experience for you
7. Learn to Let it Go
Meditation is not about concentrating, focusing or visualizing or trying to stop your thoughts. It is about letting go and surrendering to the inner silence. The many cues, be it music or imagery, are to get you to learn to anchor and drive you to this silence. Silence is powerful and a mystical experience by itself. It is healing and revitalizing. Learn to value the silence and practice it in all forms: silent walking, silent eating, and silent driving. This truly will prove to be a nourishing habit.
Meditation is not an easy activity or habit to master. But strive towards it and persevere it with true passion and you are sure to hit on one of the most rewarding experiences of life. It takes practice and more practice to reach a peaceful state of being; one can only progress with patience and dedication here. Use these tips and get past the early beginners’ hurdles and we are sure it will turn out to be a life-long bond with meditation for you.