Meditation is a practice used to relax the body, calm the mind and center yourself. It is the process of clearing the mind from all its chaos. In short, meditation is the ability to relax the mind and give it freedom to be.
There are a variety of ways to meditate, and once you’ve learned how to do it, you’ll feel better—and the more you do it, the more you’ll get out of it. Since there are so many ways to meditate, the process you choose is up to you. However, I will give you a quick and easy way to meditate, and you can look into other ways to meditate to suit your personal needs.
In order to be a successful meditator, you have to be gentle with yourself and do a little meditating each day, until it comes as naturally as breathing. Practice makes perfect.
Find a quiet place, hopefully somewhere you won’t be disturbed. Find a comfortable place to sit. Sitting on the floor on a cushion with legs crossed, shoulders back and your back straight is a good choice. But if sitting on the floor is not the best choice for you, then sit in a chair, feet flat on the floor, with your back straight and your hands in front of you in a relaxed state. Take a deep breath, and gently shut your eyes. Continue taking deep breaths.
With each additional breath, you will begin to feel every part of your body relaxing. If your body is tight, know you have to take your focus away from that area while continuing to breathe. Once you have cleared your mind and all is in a relaxed state, start a visualizing exercise by taking your mind to a peaceful place. If you prefer to keep your mind clear, simply go deeper into the meditative state with deeper breaths. Continue breathing through the whole process. Focus on your breathing; don’t try to control the breathing. Let your body do what it does naturally.
Refuse to let any thoughts interfere with your meditating. Return to your breathing. Breathe in; now breathe out. Relax. After you let go of all the thoughts that come into your mind, continue to breathe and soon you’ll reach a moment where all is peaceful and free. A person who has learned how to meditate gets the opportunity to let go of all the stress life has put on her. It allows you to be aware of the physical self and gives your mind a place to rest.
Meditation helps you surrender tension, tightness and struggles with the body. It gives you a place to turn when you get caught up in everyday responsibilities and you lose sight with where you are going. Meditation is your chance to connect with a higher being. It is your turn to listen to your guiding light. It is freedom from stresses of all types.
Meditation is medicine for the mind.
Ariana Vincent, L.M.T., M.T.I., N.C.T.M.B., is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and workshop leader based in Austin, Texas. Learn more about her at www.arianavincent.com.