Why Have A Meditation Practice? Benefits of Meditation
There are many benefits of having a mediation practice. On a spiritual level, meditation is used to create peace, joy, harmony and manifestation in your life. It is a way of creating sacred space giving you a place to "get away" from everyday noise and rush. This allows you to be able to commune with nature, listen to messages from higher powers, clear your mind and open yourself to many other magical things. Creating a meditation practice for yourself is a way of inviting in your psychic skills.
On the physical level benefits of meditation include lowering of the blood pressure, strengthening of the immune system and reducing stress. A regular meditation practice has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the body which can help with depression, headaches and insomnia that are associated with low levels.
Help With Meditation: How to Do Meditation
So, now you are sold on the benefits of meditation, but still don't know how to get started or find it frustrating. We hear that a lot. Here are some simple steps to give you help with meditation and show you a simple way of how to do meditation.
1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, hands in front resting on your lap, right hand cradled in the left. Be aware of your thoughts, yet remain unattached to them. Be aware of your sensations. Make sure you have at least 15 minutes of quiet, undisturbed time to sit. Early in the morning is best. You can sit on the ground, in a chair or where ever you are comfortable.
2. Sitting with a lit candle, burning incense or near a running fountain or moving water can sometimes improve meditation. Burning a botanical such as lavender can help you relax.
3. With your eyes closed, feel your breath moving in and out of your body, but don't try to force the breath or breathe on purpose. Just feel your body breathing by itself.
4. If thoughts come into your mind (and they will), let them simply pass through. It may help to imagine that you are sitting on the shore of a river watching boats go by. The boats are the thoughts that come into your mind. Sometimes you will get so fascinated with a particular boat that you will want to jump on board and investigate. This is what happens when your thoughts carry you away from your quiet place on the shore. When you notice that you have been carried away by one of your thoughts, just return to your quiet place on the shore and notice your breath again. Don't be discouraged or berate yourself when this happens. It is part of the process and over time you will be distracted less and less.
5. If you have great difficulty being interrupted by your thoughts, you can also meditate with your eyes open, focusing on a candle flame or on the smoke from your incense burner. Sometimes having a visual focus will reduce the internal chatter from your mind. The sound of a fountain, which is irregular and difficult for your mind to follow, can also help with mediation.
6. Sit for at least 15 minutes in this quiet meditation. The length of your mediation is not as important as the consistency. It is better to do a shorter mediation daily than to do longer ones sporadically.
7. Do not judge the results of your meditation by how peaceful or disruptive it was. It is the effort to reach a place of inner quiet that matters, not whether or not you achieved total quiet. Enjoy your time of meditation as it is time you are devoting to your own inner development. The more you develop your inner life, the more your outer life will flourish and grow.
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