Meditation - Take a Breath and Begin
Meditation is truly a medicinal act for the mind and body. More and more people are aware of it since the practice of yoga has become more wide spread. Although many think of the cross legged position when doing mediation there are several poses one can use in order to achieve a meditative state. One way to think if meditation is as a conscious relaxation . A chosen preparation to relax the mind and allow for the process to begin.
Some beginner keys to focus your efforts on are:
1. Deep breathing
3. Committing a minimum amount of time to doing it everyday.
1. Relieves Stress
2. Helps Constipation
3. Speed Healing
4. Can Help Cure Insomnia
5. Helps to Calm, Lessen Anxiety
Once you have found a comfortable position for your mediation (i.e cross legged position, standing or dead-man's pose) you can begin with breathing. Which ever position you choose, keep your back straight. Many suggest breathing through the nose. One common obstacle I hear is that they find breathing hard. It should not be a difficult act, you want to breath without forcing your breath. The easiest is to just keep breathing and transfer the exhale into releases in your muscles and areas of your body.
Many people need to begin by using visualizing as a tool to bring them into a meditative state. I have heard of many great images to help you to this place. But all of them require you to focus on your breathing. By focusing on your breathing, you will begin to dismiss distractions that prevent you from clearing your mind. Visuals that I have used include colors, a white light, the ocean water or the bluest sky. But in all honesty, once you have accomplish your 10th, 14th and 18th breath, your mind will begin to clear and the distractions will slowly float away.
Suggested Reading ; Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
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