What is Meditation?
Mediation is a simple method of focusing your mind. A continued practice of meditation promotes self-awareness and spiritual development. Meditation is a training for the mind.
If you exercise and train your muscles and it becomes thicker and stronger. Same happens to your brain and meditation increases mental capabilities.
If you focus on one thing at a time and meditate it is known as Focused Attention Meditation. What are the benefits of focused meditation? It depends on what technique you use; some focused meditation increases positivity and happiness.
Whereas some other focused meditation cultivates gratitude, kindness and reduces stress. Examples of focused attention meditation are Breathing Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Gratitude Mediation, Chakra Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Moving Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation and Visualization Meditation.
If you focus on everything at a time and meditate it is known Open Awareness(non-directed) mediation. This type of meditation is very liberating. Open Awareness meditation promotes your creativity, relaxes your mind, reduce stress, helps you let to go negative thoughts.
How to Build your meditation skills?
Meditation takes practice. If your mind wanders during meditation, be kind to yourself, acknowledge it with a smile bring your attention back to focal point. Practice your meditations regularly, everything will fall into its place ultimately. Just do it.
How often should you practice?
Have you got 15 minutes daily for your health and well-being? If your answer is Yes, Great. Practice meditation for those 15 minutes, because it will make you happier and content. You will have more time create of harmony and happiness.
What are the challenges of meditation?
When you start meditation practice, it is good to have an alarm clock or a timer handy, it beeps when the time ends, so you can let go of your thoughts around allotted time and just enjoy the meditation.
When is the best time to meditate?
It all depends on your specific needs. For Example, Morning meditation will set a good start for the day. Your day will be a more relaxed and calmer. It will have a ripple effect on the day and positively affect everything you do on the day.
If you mediate around the middle of the day, it will be refreshing break. Because during day many things are happening and many things cumulate. Meditation will help you take a step back and get refreshed so that you get back into activity with renewed energy.
Evening meditation is helpful tool, it helps you letting go of all stresses and tensions piled up during the day. So that you can have a calmer and enjoyable evening.
If you want to do meditation just before go to the bed, go for a body scan meditation that helps you get a better sleep.
Therefore, identify the benefits you need to achieve through meditation, based upon your requirement choose your meditation time.
What is the best posture for meditation?
If you are not sure whether you want to stand or sit during meditation, you may need to understand the best posture is the postures combines alertness and softness.
When you are in meditation you need to remain in awake, remain present for that it is important to keep your back straight, shoulders open, chest open. Remember to strike a balance between both alertness and softness.
One posture you may want to avoid is lying down. This posture is an invitation for the body to fall asleep. However, if you want to do mediation before you go to bed, you lie down and do a body scan meditation.
When background noises make impossible to mediate?
When you are beginner in meditation, you need a quieter environment because the mind gets distracted easily. It is difficult to keep your attention focused on the focal point. So, it will be helpful to find quiet place in your home or in a library or in a park. If you do not have any of these perhaps you could use earplugs or music as a background to sink the noise.
So that you can focus on meditation and as time goes by, you become more experienced in meditation the noise become less and less of an issue.
When you become more experienced in meditation, you’ll be able to let go of noise, and remain focused on your focal point of meditation. Sometimes, meditators turn the noise into the new focal point of mediation.
What kind of meditation technique is relevant
to different times of the day?
If it is nighttime, just before falling into asleep, the body scan is the more suitable meditation. Just lay down and you scan your body up and down and it is an easy way to fall asleep.
When you need a more energizing experience, you can choose a meditation that is based on movements such as walking, Qi gong, and dancing. Meditating through movement could be great if you need a boost of energy.