How to Meditate?

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Often when we start something we have never done before, it is very common to not know how to do it.

We struggle to get it right and then often think it isn’t working because we use the wrong tools or techniques.

The same can be said of improving ourselve through meditation…

Tell me if your first meditation practice sounded a little like this:

“One breath in;
   (I cannot sit in this position, it’s uncomfortable)

Deep breath out,
  ………

Deep breath in,
   (I am hungry)

Deep breath out,
   (Ugh, do I really have to do this?)

Deep breath in,
   (If I need a change, I have to do this….)

Deep breath out,
   (What I am going to eat for lunch?)

Deep breath in,
   (I am not able to concentrate, what’s the point? I am wasting my time)

Deep breath out.”​​​​​​​

It is a real struggle to start something new. Especially when it is so very different from our normal daily lives of constant going-going-going. 

Often adding a practice that is so different from our usual day-to-day activity will be difficult to see results from at first. But once we see the results they are life changing. 

Some days it feels like we take one step forward, but on other days it feels like two steps backwards. Sticking with it however will yield an incredible change in our lives.

Meditation is like going to the gym to build our biceps. We cannot expect to develop bigger muscles in one day. 

We have to go to the gym at least four to five times a week, and maybe in a month we will see some better toning but often we are still quite far from building the biceps we truly desire.

Once we see these little changes in ourselves, we must stick to it to continue to see more significant results. It is the same with meditation.

It is an art like anything else. We have to practice in order to become more proficient.

Sticking to it will get the results we want and need. 
 

In order to get the most out of our meditation practice, however, there are a few steps we must take to ensure best results. 

Steps for effective meditation:

1. Posture

2. Time and Place

3. Physical Condition and Diet

4. Repetition of a Specific Sacred Word or Any Word

5. Control of Breath

The attempt to sit down and fix the mind on one idea and hold it there requires regular practice.

Certain positions and certain modes of breathing help to harmonize and focus the mind. The mind must gradually be brought under control.

Humans love familiarity. Creating a familiar routine by how and where we sit, what time and duration, even having certain same smells will help tell our minds that “now is when we meditate” and slowly we realize that it becomes easier to focus and easier to step into the meditation practice.

In this moment we also find a part of that inner peace we are striving for. 

Check out the meditation section of the app. Within each chakra there are meditations for relaxation that will help with calming the mind and focus.