I think that now, more than ever, we all need to find a way to center ourselves. What does that mean, exactly? Well, as I told you last week, I had begun a meditative practice in order to get back into the ‘flow.’ That practice has paid huge dividends for me in my overall feelings of peace, contentment and abundance. I want to share with you some tips on how to begin a meditative practice of your own.
Zen is definitely something that we can all use. This information comes from a great site I have found: breakingmuscle.com and someone who is, in my not so humble opinion, a very knowledgeable teacher: Mindith Rahmat.
Anyway, here are some tips for you:
1. Take a Seat
Whether you sit on a chair or cross legged on the floor, make sure that your spine is upright with head centered. Remember your mind and body are are connected, so place special attention to your seated position. Use a cushion or chair if you need extra comfort and support.
2. Relax Your Eyes
Close your eyes and allow yourself to to drift into relaxation. When you are starting try to remember to soften the eyes, and let go of all tension around the eyes and face. If closing your eyes makes you feel too sleepy, you can also lightly gaze at an object for focus.
3. Let Go
Let go of all thoughts and distractions, and sounds. When you notice thoughts coming into the mind, let them go by returning your focus to your breath.
4. Listen to the Breath
Paying attention to the breath is a great way to anchor yourself in your practice. Focus on your breath flowing in and out of the body, like an ocean wave. There are many ways to use the breath to aid in meditation. Try different breath patterns, counting the breath, and experimenting with breath retention.
5. Be Consistent
When starting a meditation practice begin with only 5 minutes at a time. Slowly over time increase your meditation time by 5 minutes each session. Try to eventually build up to about 20 minutes per day to notice lasting effects. Experiment with what length of time works best for you to center and relax your mind. Next schedule a time that works with your daily schedule, and try to keep the schedule consistent. Many people find the morning hours right after waking to be the best time to sit quietly. Find a time that works for you and make it a daily practice.
Thank you, Mindith
, for those great tips and enlightening information.
Here’s your quote of the day:
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
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