Practising Meditation


Where Is A Good Place To Start With Meditation?

A good place to start with meditation is through your breath. Focusing your attention on your breath will help you develop concentration skills and also calm your mind.

When to Practise Meditation

Everyone can do some form of mindfulness as you do not need any skills, or have any problems. You do not even need to feel stressed to benefit from meditation. You do not need to practise meditation every day, but because meditation is a beneficial practice, you will probably discover that the more you practise, the more you find it beneficial to your life.

It is a matter of finding the right technique for you to use in the situation and time of day you decide you want to practice. You can try the various techniques and see which work for you in different situations, be it:
  • Early in the morning after rising from sleep;
  • When you are stressed;
  • During a lunch hour;
  • At the end of your work day; or
  • Just before going to sleep.

How to do Meditation

It is probably best to begin meditation in small moments of time, even five or ten minutes, and grow from there. How you do a meditation will depend on the individual practices you choose. Remember that meditation is a journey, and journeys take time. You may think you have messed up when you practise meditation because of how busy your mind is. However, getting lost in thought, noticing it, and returning to your chosen mindfulness meditation practice is actually how it is done. If you are doing that then you are doing it right!

Whatever meditation techniques you use, here are some general tips on how to meditate:
  • Take Time – You do not need any special equipment, such as a meditation cushion, to practice your meditation skills. However, you do need to take some time out to practice it, even if only a few minutes at a time.
  • Understand Meditation Principles - Beginners often think the goal of meditation is to become focused without being distracted. A more useful goal is to become aware of when your mind has drifted away sooner.
  • Observe The Moment – The goal of meditation may ultimately be to quiet your mind, or achieve a state eternal calm but to begin with, you simply need to pay attention to the present moment.
  • Let Go Of Judgement - When you mind wanders off, it is more useful to learn to return your attention back to the present moment than to criticise or judge yourself.
Okay, that is how to practise meditation in general. Although it is very simple, it is not necessarily easy. As with most things in life, it just takes practise, so keep doing it.

You May Find It Difficult To Practise Meditation

With meditation you are attempting to retrain yourself to be focused and stay in the present moment, but your mind likes to resist. You are likely to be experiencing challenging emotions or a restless mind or feel uncomfortable during your meditation.

Your mind will try to avoid doing anything that it finds difficult to do. It is a lot easier to permit your mind to dart about in the usual chaotic way it normally does instead of maintaining attention or focus. If you are aware that your mind is being resistant then this will help you to overcome your resistance. With continued practise you will be able to achieve a calmer state of mind.

Whether you are looking to reduce stress or find spiritual enlightenment, find stillness or flow through movement, there is a meditation practice for you. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try different meditation types. It often takes a little trial and error until you find the one that suits you.


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