I’ve been studying meditation for years. What I find particularly interesting about meditation is that there are way too many methods available to really still the mind. One begins to wonder if they’re doing things right, which defeats the purpose of stillness.
Most books and experts suggest meditating in the morning, when our mind is fully alert. It will help you to focus, and you’ll be less likely to become sleepy. If it doesn’t fit your schedule to practice in the morning, then do it in the evening. Meditating has too many benefits to avoid it just because you can’t do it at the “ideal” time.
If, during meditation baltimore, you experience strong emotions, such as desire or anger, they will definitely be in the forefront of consciousness, vigorously agitating and disrupting the mind. Make them your meditation object using the noting technique “desire, desire” or “anger, anger” to help you keep your focus. As soon as you can, return to the breath.
Some people burn incense and do chants. What ever you do to get your mind and body in harmony, it is more about slowing down and allowing your mind to just be. Today’s world is fast paced and hectic. There is never enough time to do all the things that are packed into one’s life.
Relaxing the mind is difficult for most people at first because it’s a concept that is so far from our everyday lives. We live in a world of multi-tasking so trying to be devoid of thought may seem impossible to do. As you practice meditation you’ll find that you will more easily be able to bring your mind to relaxation. Some people like to repeat a word over and over. The rhythm of the sound helps you to focus on relaxation.
Mantra meditation can be used without japa or mala beads. In a very popular form of meditation know as TM, you repeat your mantra quietly internally, for approximately 15 min. twice a day. There are many exercises that they include that help you build the mental focus to do this. T M, however, can be very expensive to learn. However, its practitioners swear by it.
This is what it means to meditate. It is your ability to direct your mind to an activity. The activity could be anything; walking, juggling, driving your car, washing the dishes, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you pick an activity and then you direct your undivided focus to that activity.
One of the easiest meditations for a beginner is to follow your breathing. One an inhalation, count 1, and on exhalation, count 2. Count to 10, then start over at 1, and count back up to 10. You’ll find your self on 15, 16, or even 34, but just smile and start over at 1. After a while, your thoughts will start to subside and you’ll realize how easy meditation can be.