Meditation is a very old spiritual practice (sadhana) and refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused on a certain object of thought or on yourself.
Meditation should not be practiced in order to seek something but just for the sake of being consciously relaxed and focused in the present moment.
People often associate meditation with Buddhist monks, mystics, and other Hindu sages. Furthermore, to practice meditation and enjoy its benefits, you should not convert to Buddhism.
Also, you do not need to be in a cave in Tibet to practice it. You can try it in any place, at home, at the office, etc. You just have to be in a quiet place and make sure no one will bother you.
There are many different approaches to meditation but the fundamental principles remain the same. The mind is a very powerful instrument and the thoughts arrive, wander and leave all of a sudden.
What is important is to calm the mind with a deep sense of focus and make sure that these thoughts can not take your attention.
By doing this, you are training your mind to become more alert to your thoughts and so you will benefit more from the present moment and help you to understand your awareness.
Everything will be easier for you when your mind is stabilized and strengthened by concentration.
Meditation has nothing to do with your intellectual consciousness either to fight against your negative thoughts.
“What is meditation? It is our natural Self. We have covered ourselves over with thoughts and passions.” -Ramana Maharshi
The purpose of meditation is not to be better in something. Meditation is just what you are without the mind.
By practicing meditation your mind will become calm and you will be able to become aware of your true relationship with what you are.
It is not necessary to be a yogi to practice meditation and the position of the lotus is not essential. You can quite sit on a chair.
However, it is essential to keep your backbone straight but try not to be too stiff and your head straight on your shoulders.
It is also important not to lie down because lying down is an environment conducive to sleep.
What counts is to be in a comfortable position conducive to concentration. No matter your position, but for beginners, a seated position is advisable.
“We must learn to advance to the point where we create our own mental solitude, then it will not matter where we are. We must learn to find mental solitude in the midst of society; we should not give up our meditation because we are among people, but carry it on even then.” -Ramana Maharshi
With a little training, you will find the position that will allow you to relax and concentrate. Also, wear comfortable and light clothing such as a tracksuit.
Choose a calm and soothing place. It can be anywhere, from the moment you feel comfortable. If you want to sit on the floor, plan an exercise mat.
Silence is essential during a meditation session. So, avoid any noisy area, phone ring or buzzing from any household appliance. Avoid spreading perfumes of any kind, try to remain as neutral as possible.
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