6 Steps to Meditation
The ancient art of mediation comes from Eastern traditions of religious practice but is now widely used in the West as a way to relax the mind and deal with stress and anxiety.
There are many different ways to mediate – some of them more mentally demanding than others.
Here’s a couple of the basic ways to use the technique and at the end I’ll tell you what I think is the simplest way to start if you are a beginner…
Is where you focus on a single point. This could be by repeating a single word or ‘mantra’ like ‘Om’ or by staring at a candle flame or listening to a traditional repetitive gong.
As random thoughts cross your mind you use the focus point – visually or with the sound you’ve chosen, to bring your attention back and away from the distracting thoughts.
This has become very popular recently. Bascially you just allow thoughts to cross your mind and make a note of them without judging them. You watch for patterns of thoughts and usually become more aware of your judgments about yourself and other people. The idea is that with practice, this judgement decreases.
There are also other techniques like moving mediations, where you are aware of every step you take and attempt to just live in that present moment. Tai Chi and qugong exercise systems come into this category.
Simple Guide to Meditation
I would just recommend starting like this…
- Lie down or sit somewhere comfortable and quiet.
- Close your eyes
- Make no special effort to control your breathing, just breathe in and out naturally.
- Focus your attention on your breath and how the body moves with each in and out breath. Then gradually move your attention as you’re breathing from the bottom of your body to the top.
- Do this for 4 or 5 minutes and build up to 10 minutes a day.
- You can use one of the soothing sound recordings on the website – of natural noises like whale song or rain falling to help you relax deeper into the meditation.
Listen to one of the guided meditations on our Yoga Bliss page – you will be asked to imagine yourself in various peaceful places as a way of relaxing the body and calming the mind.
Hope this helped!
Love Casey xxx