Learn To Meditate

When you decide you want to learn to meditate your first step should be to gain knowledge of one or more basic breathing techniques.  Most beginner meditation classes will be taught a simple eight count breath focus as a starting point.  It is important to give much consideration to finding a comfortable position to sustain throughout your meditation, which can be sitting or lying as you prefer.  The more you learn to meditate, the easier it will be to become comfortable and clear your mind.  If you have a lot on your mind initially, you may like to give yourself a few minutes of reflection and contemplation about your day and issues at hand, and then shift your focus to your chosen breathing technique.

A common mistake made by people who want to learn to meditate is thinking it should be a controlled effort, forcing every breath and pushing away thoughts in irritation.  If you were to be trained in the art of meditation, you would learn that it is just the opposite, and that you become an observer to your thoughts and breaths.  The more you deepen the focus on your breathing, the less you will want to think and the more relaxed you will become.  After a few minutes of observing your breathing and allowing thoughts to come and go you can move on to some deep breathing.  If you have just started to learn to meditate, three basic deep breaths will suffice:  Breath in for the count of eight, hold your breath for the count of eight and then breath out for the count of eight.  After the three you will notice you don’t need to breathe as often or as deeply.  This is for a combination of reasons; mainly being that your brainwaves have slowed down and you have given yourself an oxygen boost.

Thoughts may come and go, but don’t give them any energy or reflection.  Gently remind yourself to return your focus only to your breathing, however you prefer to do it.  If you feel after a period of time that you are ready to come out of your meditation, you can softly wiggle your fingers and toes, then move your arms and legs, open your eyes and slowly sit upright or stand.  If you are happy to fall asleep then allow yourself to drift off without a second thought and you will find you have a refreshing, rejuvenating feeling upon waking. 

Rumination study has become so popular today as so many people are experiencing the mental and psychological effects of a stressful life.  It is great we have technology and travel and so many opportunities to do so much with our time in this world, but you must take regular relaxation periods if you want to live a long and healthy life.  If you ignore stress and tension it will eventually manifest in your physical body, and what began as a headache and lack of sleep could result in a number of serious illnesses.  Those who learn to meditate at a young age become skilled at handling anything life throws their way and they gain the knowledge of how to remain calm and relaxed in any situation.  Give consideration to what sort of life you want to have and whether you are happy to be in a constant state of discomfort, or would you prefer to break free and feel open and able to handle anything?  Stiff, uptight, angry and unhappy people are everywhere around us and if they could only learn to meditate their whole personality would change.

Meditation is such a pure, simple and divine experience it is bound to leave anyone in contemplation over spiritual matters and beliefs.  Being relaxed also allows you to ponder on life and things you otherwise may not have felt you had time for.  When you learn to meditate you somehow feel more connected to life, energy and the creator, which in turn inspires and motivates you to gain knowledge of all things relating to spirituality and getting to know yourself better.  If you love your experiences when you first learn to meditate, why not consider rumination study as part of your lifestyle?  You will then be assured of maintaining mental, emotional and spiritual vitality continuously throughout your whole life, and can also teach others how to do the same.

By Amy Barnfield

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Research has scientifically proven that meditation is a safe and simple way to balance your physical, emotional and mental state and more and more doctors recommend practicing meditation as an alternative to drugs for anxiety, panic attacks, stress, insomnia, depression and various forms of addiction. People pay thousands to learn various kinds of meditation including transcendental meditation which is a multi billion dollar organization. Millions of people globally practice meditation to alleviate stress and enhance their lives with peace and happiness.

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