What exactly is meditation?
What exactly is meditation? It seems that so many people nowadays are hooked up with this form of activity. I have often recommended meditation to my people as a way to help relieve stress and relax. But do you even know what it is or how to meditate. By definition, meditation is often used to describe the individual’s state of intense attention on an object of awareness or thought. The individual tries to turn his or her attention inward. Meditation is said to be of Vedic Hinduism origin. This is usually practiced in the eastern religions but meditation is now a very popular practice in the western culture. Many people practice daily meditation.
People want to practice meditation so that they can focus their mind to enhance their personal development, to attain peace of mind, and to be healthier. If you don’t know where to start their our many resources available to help you. In fact, you can find a simple meditation exercise in my book, “Seeds 4 Change: A Path to Health and Healing” along with other helpful health and healing practices.
Many Americans are now involved in some form of meditation. According to Time Magazine there is one meditation practice that can be used by almost anyone. This can be considered as the basic primer of Americans wanting to begin meditation but have no idea where to start.
There was a book published November 2005 authored by Victor Davich that is all about the 8 minute meditation. If you purchase the book and study it carefully, you will learn a lot of things about meditation, and you can do it in just 8 minutes.
Almost every individual who starts to learn how to meditate will often have lingering questions, skepticism, hopes, and doubts about it. There are even people who hope that when they begin to meditate, they will be enlightened. Or perhaps you’re one of those individuals who think that meditation is just like an exercise or diet that you’ve been trying to do for the past few months. But these things are normal; so don’t be surprised if you’re also like that. Meditation is meant to help relax the body, and mind. This can help you think more clearly and feel better mentally, emotionally and physically.
How do I start meditating?
The best thing to do is to face all the positive and/or negative expectations, and after doing so, forget about them and start with a clean slate. If you want to try the 8-minute program of meditation, you should learn how to approach it one minute at a time. Don’t worry if you are doing it right at first. Get the basics down first. The more you practice it the more right it becomes.
Don’t Rush it.
While many people think that meditation is a simple practice, then you’d better think twice. You might not notice it, but your mind is always racing from here to there. You can’t concentrate. According to the book’s author, you must watch your breath. This is the very first step to meditation. Do your inhalation and exhalation by breathing deeply. If you always do this and just keep on practicing, you can become good in meditation.
What if I can’t shut my brain off?
Many people fear they won’t be able to meditate because they can’t shut their brain off. If you catch yourself thinking about other things, or in other words your mind strays off, focus on your breathing. After all, meditation is all about concentrating and if you realize that you’re not on the right track, you can always return to that state of mind gently. Don’t get discouraged easily and just keep on practicing. There is a popular saying that says practice makes perfect; so always keep that in mind. If you quit easily, then you will miss out on all the wonderful health benefits meditation has to offer. Not only that it is FREE.
Meditation can help you in achieving peace of mind. With all your problems at work, in your family, and the entire world, you should at least experience a few minutes of peace. Don’t miss this chance to attain personal development at no cost at all. Just 8-10 minutes of “me” time a day. You deserve it.
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