“Prayer is talking to God, Meditation is listening to God.”
Don’t be a bystander in your own life.
The mind and the body cannot be separated. They influence each other and are in a continual state of communication. Meditation is a powerful medium to promote health, wellness and balance (homeostasis).
There are many benefits to Meditation. The harmonising of the body, mind and spirit is a noble cause, and more of a continuous journey than a destination point. This is why it is usually referred as Meditation Practice.
Initially it is also much more difficult than it looks. Try this. Find a watch with a second hand or a timer; try to look at the watch face for two minutes without thinking of anything. If you last longer than ten seconds you have done well!
You may not find yourself awakened to true enlightenment but it may change the way you view certain aspects of you and your life.
When in the throes of high anxiety, one consistent aspect of it is your mind racing. Mostly with irrational thoughts. Meditation slows your mind down, you look at your thoughts deeper, for a longer period of time, allowing for a more rational belief system. You look deeper within yourself, and become more in control, and by paying more attention inwards it is reflected more in your personality.
It is a practice that takes many forms. There are a number of different routes to get the same peace of mind.
Step 1: Try to arrange a quiet place and time where you are not going to be bothered. Turn off the phone. Try not to eat two hours before meditation practice, as the blood in your body makes its way to the digestive area.
Step 2: Tell you mental clock you are going to meditate for ten minutes. (Your mental clock has staggering accuracy.) Loosen belts, collars, take off your shoes, try to wear loose clothing.
Step 3: Stretch and gently warm your body up. Get your body into the Lotus or preferred position. If this feels uncomfortable try the position sitting on a cushion, with your legs crossed not entwined.
Step 4: Close your eyes and begin to take comfortably slow & deep inhalations. As you exhale, allow your shoulders to drop. Try to release all tension throughout your body.
Step 5: Inhale through your nose to the count of nine. The longest of counts. Exhale to the count of nine through your nose.
You will notice thoughts entering your mind, pay them no particular attention, let them float by and clear your mind again. If you lose count, do not worry; just pick it up again wherever you want.
Step 6: When you feel ready, lower the count to six. The longer of counts.
Try to picture the breath entering and leaving the body. Picture where the breath begins and the point of the body it leaves. Feel the sensation as warm air leaves your nostrils and cooler air comes in. Try to concentrate on these sensations alone and clear your mind of any other thoughts.
Step 7: Again, when you’re ready, lower the count to three. The shorter of breaths.
Step 8: When you’re ready return to the longer of counts.
Step 9: When you are ready return to the longest of counts.
Step 10: When you are ready open your eyes and stretch.
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