Meditating is to think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
When you think of meditation you most likely think of the picture above, correct?
Buddhism, the Padmasana or Lotus Pose, and someone elevated on a spiritual level are often what people see or think of when hearing the word "meditate". But you don't have to be Buddhist, religious, or extremely elevated to practice meditation.
In this Blog Post I will tell you 10 Things I've Learned about Meditating.
1. 100% silence isn't always the best. Don't get me wrong, you definitely should be alone when meditating. But, TOO much silence can often lead me into overthinking. I begin to focus on how silent it is and those weird ringing noises that become louder and louder the more you focus on them.
2. Don't force yourself to meditate when you're on the verge of sleeping. Meditation and prayer, to me, are 2 different things. With prayer you can be half asleep while showing gratitude and abundance to your creator or whomever you pray to. On the other hand, meditation is not a practice that should be done when you are half asleep. Being awake, alert, and well-rested will give you the best post-meditation results.
3. Practice is key. Meditating is a "learn as you go" kind of thing. You will learn more and more each time you meditate not only about yourself, but about the space around you. It is okay to acquire new habits along the way.
4. You do not need a special occasion or reason to meditate. The more you do it without a reason, the better. It is okay to establish a purpose as to WHY you're meditating, but there is no need to establish a reason for each time you do it. Meditation in my opinion can be a hobby, practice, habit, or just a fun activity to do when you have time.
5. Allow those random thoughts to roam freely. It is natural to have random thoughts bouncing around once you begin meditating. We are human. It's hard for us to be 100% focused on such a simple and organic task. Allow your thoughts to flow. Focus on your body, the space around you, and connecting with your soul.
6. There are many positions you can meditate in. Although it may be the most popular, the Lotus Pose is not the only position for meditation. Personally, I prefer the Burmese Position or laying down on my back with my stomach facing the ceiling. The Burmese Position is very common in Southeast Asia and it is typically suggested for beginners.
7. Music is good. Like I mentioned before, complete silence is not ideal for everyone. Some rain sounds or meditation music always helps to strike the mood. Even being in nature on your porch or in the woods can enlighten your meditation experience.
8. Put your phone away or on SILENT. Once you get into your zone, you'll be thankful for not allowing yourself to be interrupted by the sudden "BING!" coming from your phone.
9. Anyone can meditate. There isn't much to say about this one. Don't downplay yourself, you can do anything you set your mind to.
10. HAVE FUN. Meditation is a beautiful escapade. You're able to be in the moment and connect with yourself as well as the universe. Don't take it for granted!
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