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10 Steps To Becoming A Pro At Meditation

10 Steps To Becoming A Pro At Meditation

Meditation is claimed to have many health benefits.  Some describe meditation as an exercise for the brain.  Although, many of us know that meditation is one of the best stress relief techniques.  But what actually is meditation?  Meditation is a term used when we focus our mind and attention on a word or object to achieve mental clarity and a feeling of calmness.  Some feel more aware of a heightened energy. Meditation has been practised for thousands of years often associated with religious traditions.  Now experts are continually researching meditation for its psychological, neurological and cardiovascular benefits.

Health Benefits Of Meditation

Our lives these days seem to be getting busier and faster.  Some thrive on this but others find this stressful. Living in a stressful state, as well as eating a poor diet for too long does have a negative impact on our health.  Nourishing wholefoods, fitness, yoga, mindfulness and meditation are all effective practices to help us balance our fast and busy lifestyles.

Meditation gives us that time to sit in silence, hopefully with nothing else going on in our head.  We need to learn to give ourselves the space to download those thoughts from our brain for a few moments and allow rest.  Our brains are like computers, if we don’t clear it every so often the hard drive gets full, it starts to slow down and eventually it may break down and not work at all.  

Many scientific studies show that meditation can positively reduce stress and anxiety.  Other benefits of meditation may include;

  • Increased Longevity, Attention, Focus & Compassion
  • Lowers Inflammation & Blood Pressure
  • Strengthens Our Immune System
  • Gives Us A Deeper Social Connection
  • Pain Relief
  • Improves Sleep
  • Improves Happiness & Contentment

How To Become A Pro At Meditation

Some find meditation impossible, frustrating and annoying at first.  Some take years to master the practice, while others slip straight into a meditation like a professional.  With regular daily practice, meditation becomes easier and more enjoyable. The more one practices meditation the deeper one feels the benefits.  Like yoga, you are always on a journey. Start and enjoy your journey with these steps for your meditation.

  1. Find a quiet corner of your home and set up a beautiful environment.  Maybe, light a candle, burn some incense, place your favourite crystal next to your candle.
  2. Wear comfortable, light and cosy clothing.  
  3. Sit in a comfortable position on your Ajnamat.  Imagine a piece of string attached to the top of your head gently pulling up to give space and a sense an elongation of your spine.  This allows vital energy to flow from your sit bones, up your spine to your brain.
  4. Close your eyes and start to focus on your breathing.
  5. Make no effort to control your breath, simply relax and breath naturally.
  6. Notice how your body moves with each inhale and exhale.  
  7. Start with just 10 minutes every day.  Preferably first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  8. Welcome any intruding thoughts as a positive thing.  Filter and release the thoughts as quickly as they arrive.  Use your breath as an anchor for your wandering mind during meditation.
  9. Take this clear mind with you as you mindfully go through your day.
  10. There are many online meditation apps which are very popular, such as YogaGlo, Headspace and Calm.  They are great for starting, guiding, developing and deepening your practice.

Effectively, with meditation, we are trying to train the mind to quieten and focus.  Approach your journey of meditation as you would fitness and training your body to run a marathon.  Slowly day by day you build your program up and slowly your muscles strengthen. No one is an expert at anything to begin with.  Be patient with yourself and enjoy your journey.

Choose Your Favourite Style Of Meditation  

There are different types of meditation, try them all to see what works best for you.  Concentration meditation is a style which involves focusing on a single point. Looking up to your third eye,  repeating a single word, repeating the same word as you inhale and another word as you exhale or simply focusing on your breath with no words.  Mindfulness meditation has become very popular in recent years. It involves observing your wandering thoughts as they drift through your mind. Training your mind not to get involved or judge the thoughts is the trick to this style of meditation.  Moving meditation such as yoga, tai chi, qigong and walking meditation are all popular moving meditation techniques which are fantastic if you are a beginner at meditation.

Which is your favourite style of meditation?  If you have never practiced meditation before we encourage you to try it and check back in with us to let us know how you are going.  We’d love to know.

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1 Response

Mikael Champs
Mikael Champs

June 04, 2018

Very useful and clear description! I’ll try the apps too.

Thanks for the tips

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