What is Meditation?
Most of what we do on a daily basis is done for people around us. Meditation is probably the only thing we can do 100% for ourselves. It is a time to quitely reflect on our inner selves.
Meditation is a magnificent journey into the inner world – A world of our own. It is a silent conversation with ourselves and a way to explore and re-discover ourselves. Meditation is the ultimate break for our mind and body. It is a time for conscious rest – the deepest rest there is. Meditation is an absolute must to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.
How to Meditate?
The three most important components of meditation are silence, solitude and stillness. Preparation for meditation is all about arranging our external environment to allow us to be silent, still and alone.
Once you have chosen a conducive place for meditation, the next thing to pay attention to is the posture. The ideal meditation posture is one that can keep you comfortably awake. Any posture that can help your body to rest but not fall asleep is a good posture.
Sitting on the floor cross-legged or on a chair comfortably are good meditation postures. You can use a back rest as well. Keep your spine erect without making it too stiff, and keep your head in a slightly upward-looking posture to avoid falling asleep.
Once you have chosen a comfortable place and posture for meditation, you can pick a technique of your choice…..
Different Meditation Techniques
Meditation on the Breath..
Meditating on the breath is one of the oldest and most effective meditation techniques. It is called Vipassana. Breath is not air, it is life itself. Meditation on the breath is meditation on the life force that is sustaining us.
Sit in a comfortable posture, close your eyes and begin to watch your breath. Keep your entire focus and awareness on the breath. Follow the breath as it moves in and out. Travel along the breath. Move your focus along the breath. Pause when the breath pauses, move as the breath moves.
As you continue to focus on the breath, allow all your mental stress and distractions to dissolve into the breath. Allow your daily stress and anxiety to dissolve into the breath. Allow the silent rhythm of the breath to slowly envelope you. Slowly, moment by moment, become the breath.
Although this meditation can be done at any time during the day, it is best suited for mornings. As you wake up to a new day and experience, take some time to watch your life force. This meditation can be practiced for anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Meditation on Music..
Music is the language of the soul. It resonates and moves the deepest parts of our being. This is why music is transcendental and universal. Pleasant instrumental music can be used to deepen your meditation. Music can become a complete method by itself.
Play some pleasant instrumental music that is not jarring and disturbing. Sit in a comfortable posture, close your eyes and begin to listen to the music. Slowly allow the music to resonate within you. Keep your entire focus on the music, just make sure that you dont drift away in thoughts. Continue to listen to the music consciously by being in the present moment. Relax with the music and stay alert.
Music allows your mind to relax. It takes away unwanted distracting thought processes to instill a sense of silence and stillness. Allow the music to carry you deep into the depths of your heart. Allow the music to lead you on an inward journey. Stay alert all the time. Every time you drift in thoughts, bring your attention back to the music. Stay with the music and move with it throughout the practice.
Musical meditation is best suited for a quite reflective evening meditation. As you begin to wind up your day with some relaxing time, you can begin your musical meditation. Pleasant music allows distracting throughts of the day to settle down to help you to relax easily. You can practice this meditation from anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour.
Meditation on Candle Light
Light has a magical property. It has the ability to draw and hold your attention. There is something in light that draws you to it. You can use this property of light in your meditations without having to worry about closing your eyes. Light can lead the way to your inner life.
Candle light meditation is best done in the evenings when natural day light is either dim or gone. Place a lit candle at about arms length in a way that you can look at the candle flame straight ahead. Sit in a comfortable posture and begin to look at the flame. This meditation is ideal if you are having trouble concentrating while keeping your eyes closed. You can keep your eyes open throughout this meditation. Continue to watch the flame and its gentle movements. Allow all your distracting throughts to disolve into the flame. Stay calm, relaxed and be in the present moment throughout the practice.
Candle light meditaiton is an evening meditation. It is a perfect meditation to end the day with. This meditation can be practiced for anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour. Candle light meditation is extremely effective in helping you to focus and remove distractions. This meditation is ideal for beginners.