Speaking of meditation, the dictionary defines it as “continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.”
So what does this mean in real life?
In the modern daily life, often time we get overwhelmed due to so many different reasons, which can lead to stress and tensions that can ultimately affect our health. Using meditation on a regular basis will give our mind a chance to quiet itself, adjust to the stresses and strains, which are part and parcel of our daily life.Meditation itself is simply the process of quieting our mind, gradually, your mind becomes calmer. The “chatter” that’s often there becomes less, and you start to move mentally to a more tranquil place.
Sometimes meditation is described as reaching a higher state of consciousness, this is because our mind is less cluttered and therefore we start to notice things that would ordinarily pass us by.
To start meditating, choose a time and a place where you won’t be disturbed for the duration of the session. Here are the 3 tips for effect meditation practice.
When you are starting out, you may decide to set aside 10 or 15 minutes for your meditation session. Over time, you may decide that you are getting sufficient benefits in which you want to increase the amount of time you spend in a meditative state, but that’s completely your choice.
If you can spare the time, your aim should be to have two 20 minute meditation sessions each day. Research has shown that spending this amount of time meditating leads to better health and can help reduce the stresses and strains of daily life.
The time of day should be one where you can make it a habit to meditate at that time. Some people find that meditating first thing in the morning is a good time for them. Other people, find that meditate last thing at night before going to sleep is better. You may find that the best time for you is whilst the rest of the family is watching a program on television. There is no exact time that is best for everyone.
Whatever works for you is good! Just make sure that you practice on a regular basis.
For the actual place where you decide to meditate is totally up to you. Some people set aside a room in their house as their meditation room but if you’re just starting out, that’s probably a bit too extreme. Instead, you can meditate in your bedroom, the lounge, the kitchen or even the garden. The exact place where you meditate doesn’t really matter that much, the important thing is that you actually start practicing meditation.
If you find that the original place you chose isn’t working for you, just change it, the same goes for the time and the method that you chose.
Just remember, the ultimate benefit of meditation far exceeds the precise method of meditation that you use to reach the benefit.