A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you” – David Lynch.

Of the myriad reasons we can give you about why to meditate, the primary is, meditate because you will unlock your happiness. When you meditate, there is a union of your mind, body and soul. You focus all your energies to concentrate on your feelings and your emotions. Spending even fifteen minutes in a day meditating can bring about a huge difference to how you create your day ahead of you. While there is no right or wrong way to meditate, there are surely some basic steps which every beginner should follow, for a productive and mindful meditation. Read on to find out what some of them are.

1. Sit erect

The first thing about meditation is the posture you choose. You can choose any given posture, however, it is important to remember to not slouch, so that the natural curve of your body is maintained. Your spine should be erect, like it is meant to be. Find a comfortable, but erect posture.

2. Relax your body and mind

Choose a conducive environment to meditate. It should be ideally free from noise and distractions, so that you can focus on tuning in to yourself. It is important to let go of all the tension in your body as well as your mind. To make it a more enjoyable experience, you can even light some aromatic candles and play some very light spiritual trance music.

3. Be still and silent

Imagine yourself to be a water body and focus on attaining a stage where the water body is wrinkle free without any ripples. Try and calm yourself for that. Keep still, do not fidget once you’ve found a comfortable position and absolutely refrain from any conversation – virtual or real time.

4. Find your mantra

It could be a mantra for gratitude, success, healing, love, happiness, or all of these. But find your own mantra and keep dwelling on it. Keep chanting it. Imagine the unimaginable, and that’s when it begins to really take shape. Meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for imagination. All you need to do is find your mantra, and keep saying it to yourself.

5. Breathe mindfully

Meditation is all about breathing mindfully. With every breath you draw, remind yourself that you are truly a beautiful creation, that you are infinite in your being and there is nothing that you cannot achieve. Remind yourself to feel grateful and blessed, with every breath. The power of gratitude is indeed strong enough to move mountains.

‘Buddha was asked what have you gained from meditation? He replied, “Nothing, however let me tell you what I lost: Anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”’

Meditation can be an immensely powerful and life altering experience. What is most special about the practice is the fact that you discover yourself and the infinity you possess. The mindfulness starts reflecting in every action of yours, and there is a sense of fulfillment, satisfaction and balance that you gain. Today is as good a day to start meditating, as any other day! Begin today!

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