The most difficult aspect of starting a meditation practice is starting a meditation practice. People approach meditation for many reasons but ultimately the main reasons are for health, whether this be physical or for their own mental wellbeing.
This millennia old practice has stood the test of time because of its efficacy. So why are more people not meditating?
Unfortunately meditation does not attract the kind of research funding that drug companies attract because no one profits – except of course the one meditating.
Embarking on a meditation practice is like embarking on a blissful journey towards inner peace and serenity. In a world full of hustle and bustle, meditation offers a sanctuary of tranquility that allows us to reconnect with ourselves. Whether you are a beginner or have dabbled in meditation before, understanding the basics is key to setting a strong foundation for your practice. So, let’s dive into the magical world of meditation and unlock its wonders together!
Meditation is all about finding your Zen, that state of mind where worries fade away and inner bliss emerges. To start your meditation practice, find a quiet and comfortable spot where you can fully focus on yourself. It could be a cozy corner in your home, a peaceful park, or even a serene beach. Settle yourself in a comfortable position, It doesn’t have to be the classical lotus position – although this does have advantages – the broad base allowing for longer periods of meditation. Sitting normally with legs crossed is more than adequate for beginners although if sitting for prolonged periods may put noticeable pressure on the ischial tuberosities (the bony prominences beneath the gluteus muscles of the buttock.
Beginners should avoid lying down as there is an increased tendency to drift off to sleep. Once sitting comfortably, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let go of any tension in your body. As you inhale and exhale be conscious of your breathing.
We breath continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But how often are we conscious of our breathing? Conscious breathing is one of the portals to the present moment.
Being aware of your breath returns you to the present moment
It is simply not possible to be breathing consciously and not be in the present moment.
Know that the present moment is always available, always accessible and always peaceful.