Step By Step Guide To Meditation
Meditation really began to gain traction in Western culture during the 1960s. The 60s was a decade of exploration, experimentation and expansion of the mind. When the biggest celebrities of the era The Beatles advocated meditation it quickly became the latest craze. While most crazes die out quickly meditation is most definitely here to stay. A 2007 survey produced by the U.S. government found that over 9% of the population had meditated in the last twelve months. That’s over twenty million people in America alone who mediate in the Western world.
People that have created a space specifically for mindfulness meditation baltimore tend to hold to their commitment to meditate 80% more of the time then people who do not have a dedicated space available.
The posture you use is not really a factor. Just like any meditation or prayer, you can perform it kneeling, sitting down on the floor, on a chair or on a bedside. Just make sure your back is fairly straight and that you are at ease so your focus can be exclusively on your meditation.
Try this for now. Just allowing breathing to happen and allow feeling to happen. You should not describe the sensations, analyze them or think about them in any way. Just allow them while remaining resting in this moment.
Unnecessary data means unpleasant memories, unwanted thoughts and emotions. You need to wipe out those data so that mind has more space for productive and creative thoughts. Mind becomes more intelligent. When the crystallization of the mind happens it will be easy for you to change yourself. Changing yourself means changing your attitude and the belief systems.
Some people burn incense and do chants. What ever you do to get your mind and body in harmony, it is more about slowing down and allowing your mind to just be. Today’s world is fast paced and hectic. There is never enough time to do all the things that are packed into one’s life.
A more successful approach (popular in certain Buddhist circles), is to use ‘triggers’ to remind us to focus. A trigger might be something like a doorframe. Here, each time you go through one, you remind yourself to be meditative.
Having said this, if you meditate while lying down (on your bed, sofa, floor), you are very likely to fall asleep. You should be comfortable when you meditate, but the strongly recommended posture is sitting in a chair with your back (reasonably) straight and upright (to keep your spine straight) and both your feet flat on the floor. Some prefer sitting on the floor, as they feel a more “grounding” connection with the earth; this is also fine. As for sitting “Lotus” style, if this is comfortable for you, by all means do so; but, it’s not required.