When you concentrate and focus on your inward self, and turn your undivided attention to a common point of reference, it is Meditation. An eastern spiritual-practice, meditation aids in delving into a realm of higher consciousness and also helps you to connect with God or the Universal Mind. Apart from the spiritual pursuits that lead people to meditate; meditation is also helpful for those looking forward to ameliorating a tired mind or a fatigued body. Meditation also helps in giving vent to various traumatic feelings and emotions, and thus helps in experiencing peace and happiness in life.
Meditation for Beginners
The beginners out there can make use of the following techniques for learning the art of meditation. Read and know how to meditate.
The mind is entirely quiet only when one is asleep. So, trying to focus a fixated mind can be quite difficult. Often while meditating, your mind will wander to irrelevant things or the process of mediation can itself become quite tedious. These problems are encountered by almost all the beginners, who have not yet mastered the art of entirely controlling their mind. They can however try ‘Active Meditation’, which is a much easier way of meditating. It helps in experiencing the same meditating calm, but with a certain amount of ease.
From scrubbing the dishes to walking a few miles; Active Meditation takes many forms. It is ideally suited for people who are novice and have problems controlling their minds. It doesn’t ask you to sit on a particular spot and undergo deep contemplation. Instead, you are provided with an object or an activity, on which you have to completely focus the mind. You can try Active Meditation while shopping, cooking and even while brushing your teeth. Thus, it helps in streamlining the concentration power of your mind. With practice, you gain adequate control over powers of focus & concentration in this type of meditation.
A very popular form of Active Mediation is ‘Walking Meditation’. It is very simple and can be done anywhere. Here, you focus on your steps while you walk. Every step you take should be paced rhythmically with your breath. With every breath, you take a step. Feel the ground with each step and also feel the tinge in your muscles as you move forward. Try to be as graceful as possible and entirely concentrate on every single step. The step should be the only thing that captures your mental thought at that particular point of time. Try this meditation for 3-5 min everyday and increase it with practice.
Breathing Meditation (for Beginners)
Beginners may also try this preliminary form of meditation technique. Sit on a hard floor or a hard-back chair. Switch off anything that might interrupt your attention (like the radio, cell phone or TV). Close your eyes and completely loosen up your body. Now slowly breathe through your nose and count the breaths. Count from one to nine. Repeat the process. Do not let your mind drift away and concentrate only on the breathing pattern. If you are caught in some interrupting thought, start again from one. Continue for 5 min. Feel your breath with closed eyes and then, slowly open your eyes after a minute.
Thus, we see that meditation is not as demanding as it sounds. You can open your sense organs to every new experience and keep it focused at the moment. With some determination and effort, you can slowly build up your concentration and meditative power and head for other complex levels of meditation.