Meditation is now widely recognized for its many benefits, yet it is still something a bit daunting and estranged for most people. “Where should I start, what is it exactly, I don’t really have time for this etc” are what I hear most of the time when I talk about meditation.
In the following lines I hope you’ll find some information that we’ll make you want to try it out by yourself, because yes: Everyone can do it and – No, you don’t need to spend that much time doing it to ripe the benefits of it!
- “Where are I am at now?”
– Think about how many things you do in the hope of attaining a condition of rest?
Ex: buy something new, move somewhere else, change friends and partner, have a new job or a new activity etc…
Does it bring you inner peace?
– Peace can never be found outside ourselves because the process of pursuing never ends.
– Since we are born, the learning process has flowed outward the body by the five senses. We have had to constantly learn about what we can and can’t do in our society, all the rules, regulations, manners etc. But most of us haven’t learned to relax, connect and meditate.
2. How to bring meditation into my daily life?
– As you make priority for certain things, taking time to relax and meditate every day is essential. You have to make relaxation/meditation an activity like taking a shower; writing emails or go on Facebook!
– Meditation can be found anywhere at any time, not only sitting every now and then. The whole point is to focus your mind on doing only one thing at a time.
Ex: washing the dishes, hanging the washing, driving your car in traffic (but don’t forget the traffic!), running, biking, etc…
– Meditation begins once the thoughts and emotions have been stilled. It is any activity and practice of which the goal is super conscious awareness (=a high level of awareness).
3. How much should I meditate?
– The more regularly you meditate and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you’ll find yourself acting always from a centre of inner peace.
– I like to compare the brain to a muscle, the more you work on it, the stronger it gets. It is like that for meditation, for calming thoughts and finds inner peace. Again, consistency is the key. But be kind and gentle to yourself as well; don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meditate. Find that strength inside you that pushes you to do the right thing for your own good, listen to yourself!
4. How do I have to meditate – what are the clues for a good meditation practice?
– To meditate, you need to have the right mental attitude which is the one of listening. Most people don’t really listen, they are in a battle to win arguments and they campaign continuously for their own ideas.
You have to give that process a rest!
– The thoughts are usually rushing into the mind like untamed horses in the wild. You can’t really control them and that process is exhausting. So, how can I calm my thoughts? The clue is not to get caught in them. You have to look at them as if they were clouds in the sky, just passing by. Don’t analyse them. Just recognize them and let them go.
– The best posture to meditate is sitting up with a straight back. You should try to have a good posture that you can keep form some time without moving.
In yoga nidra we lie down. It is different from meditation and could be considered as a good preparation for meditation as it quietens the mind.
– When you are ready to start, begin your practice with conscious breathing. Take 12 deep breaths to relax the body and the mind completely.
– You can focus on your heart and visualize a pure white light shining outwards in ray of love and harmony to the world around you.
5. I find it very hard to calm down my mind, what should I do?
– During periods of restless mind, when the thoughts run wild, don’t criticize yourself and “punish” you. Try relaxing first (with deep breathing or yoga nidra) and maybe meditate for 5 minutes. If it doesn’t work, don’t blame yourself. Water your thoughts with love and gratitude. Love yourself! And try again later during the day or the next day.
– Find some meditation that you can listen too, it will help you stay focused. Some guided meditations bring you to your inner temple and help you find your intuition.
– Start with short meditation (5 or 10 min) and then extend the practice by 5 minutes at a time. Be consistent!
– Remind yourself WHY you want to meditate: find calmness, deep true happiness, deal with everyday life better, etc… It will help you find the strength you need to stay consistent. Meditation should be a joy, make you happy!
6. What are the benefits of meditation?
– Meditate will bring you a calmness of mind that is precious for your health and inner being.
– In our busy world when people ‘burn out’ all out more quickly than before, meditation allows you to take things more slowly, give you that break that your body and mind so much need.
– A clear and present mind is extremely productive and helps you make the right decisions (based on the heart and not the conflicting and constant flow of the of the mind).
– The calmness born of deep meditation represents a higher degree of awareness. That calmness will enable you not only to remain calm during periods of intense activity but also to face and accept with wise understanding the trials of life.
Your constant goal should be to stay actively calm and calm with activity.
7. What is the difference between relaxation, meditation and yoga nidra?
– The term ‘relaxation’ can be achieved through activities like listening to music or walking in nature, or simply having a quiet time. Relaxation is something we do naturally, and we don’t need any special training or techniques.
– Deep relaxation is something very different. It quietens your mind and releases physical tension in your body. In a state of deep relaxation, your heart beat and breathing slow down, and your body and mind become deeply calm. There are many techniques to help you relax deeply, including the practice of yoga nidra, or ‘psychic sleep’. You may find that you become so relaxed that you fall asleep during the practice. This is fine, the aim of yoga nidra is to ‘surf the interface between sleeping and waking consciousness’. Usually your guide’s voice will bring you back to a semi-conscious state.
– Meditation is the practice of training the mind to realize some benefits or as an end in itself. In general, it refers to a broad variety of practice such as techniques that promote relaxation, bring internal compassion, increase the energy, clear any stress etc… A certain form of meditation which is more intense aims at effortlessly sustaining a single-pointed concentration meant to enable the practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of wellbeing while engaging in any activity.
– Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma