If you are a beginner to meditation then you will have many questions in your mind like what is meditation, why is it necessary for you to do the meditation, for how long you have to do the meditation and there are many questions which arise in your mind.
So starting with your first query i.e. what is meditation? So basically meditation is an exercise for your mind. You do the exercise to make your body fit in the same way you have to make your mind fit and calm. So meditation is the well-used approach to make your mind calm.
Now your other question would be why you should do meditation? The simple answer to this question would be to make your body the powerhouse of positive energy and keep the negative energies away from you. You have heard about the saying that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, in a similar way “A meditation a day keeps the negative energies away”. After knowing more about meditation then you will come to know that there are many benefits of doing meditation. Some of the benefits are lower blood pressure, Improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, Less perspiration, Slower respiratory rate, Less anxiety, Lower blood cortisol levels, More feelings of well-being, Less stress, Deeper relaxation.
You don’t have to meditate for the whole day. You can do it as much as you need. You can set your time limit for doing the meditation. While doing the meditation if you find that the old memories are teasing you and are stopping you from concentrating. Then you don’t have to worry about them. You should welcome them, adore them and when they find out that you are not disturbed then they will go away from you.
There are many techniques for doing meditation. Some techniques are Concentration meditation, Mindfulness meditation, and many more. Concentration meditation involves the specialisation in one point. This could entail following the breath, repeating one word or mantra, observing candlelight, paying attention to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for less than several minutes then workout for longer durations.
Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to appear at wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention isn’t to induce thoughts or to evaluate them, but simply to bear in mind every attention because it arises.
When you meditate through mindfulness meditation, you’ll be able to see how your thoughts and feelings tend to manoeuvre specifically patterns. Over time, you’ll be able to become more attentive to the human tendency to quickly judge an experience pretty much as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops.
If you will search more about meditation then you will know that meditation and sports are the same in the Buddhist tradition.
Being a beginner to meditation will be quite difficult for you and also you will be bored in the beginning but later you will love it. As you have to sit for hours and do not have to think about anything at that time. If you don’t have much time for meditation then you don’t have to worry about it. In reality, after you do yoga and meditation, you get more time! If you are feeling you have got no time for something so useful, you would possibly need to go see a doctor!
Here are some steps which you should consider while doing the meditation especially when you are a beginner.
- You can sit comfortably or you can also lie down. You will feel like you need some comfort then you can go and choose a meditation cushion.
- Now you close your eyes. If you want to lie down then you can choose Cooling Eye Masks or Restorative Eye Pillows.
- You should not make any effort while breathing, you just have to breathe naturally and make yourself relax and calm.
- Focus your attention on your breathing and on how the body moves with breathing. Notice the movement of breathing in your body. You should see your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly and observe them. You have to simply focus on your breathing without controlling the pace or intensity of your breathing. You should control your wandering mind and focus on breathing.
You have to do this practice for a few minutes in the starting then you can do the meditation for a long time.
Go and buy the meditation cushion and start experiencing the good vibes.