• Meditation 101

Meditating can do a lot for your mind and body. Believe it or not it can help clear your mind from all the stresses of everyday life. In this age of multitasking and full daily schedules, there’s nothing much you can do with the demands of work and everyday activities. A meditation guide will help you start a meditation practice to ease the stress and relax muscles for a time.

Guide to Non-meditators

What You Need

Basically, you need nothing to start meditating. You just need to have an open mind and the willingness to learn and concentrate. Devote a portion of your time each day to meditating. You can lie down on your bed if you want to. You can also sit on the floor or you can also stand up. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. The key here is to find a position that will make you feel comfortable and at ease.

Where to Meditate

For beginners like yourself, a quiet room will help you clear your mind initially. Sensory distractions can prevent you to achieve your optimum goal so it would be best if you find a place where you can be on your own and without these distractions. You only need at least 10 to 15 minutes to meditate so find a time when you will be all by yourself. Do it before the kids wake up in the morning or do it after they’re off to school.

Optional Materials

If you want to meditate by sitting, use a pillow or a mat. Find a sitting position where you are most comfortable. You can do cross-legged or try the “Japanese style” of sitting. You can also sit on a chair if you like.

Basic Breathing and Chanting

There are actually many ways to meditate. Some keep their eyes close while some keep their eyes open. The best way to do this if you’re a beginner is to close your eyes and focus on clarity. Take slow deep breaths until your body finds the calmness that it needs to relax. Focus on your breathing so that your mind can be cleared of all distractions. Reciting a mantra can also help you meditate. A mantra means something that protects the mind. Many believe that when you recite a mantra while meditating, you are recharging your mind and spirit with the energy that you get from the mantra itself.

If you are keen on the Eastern traditions, you can also reflect on an image like that of the Buddha. Focusing your mind on a flower or a piece of crystal will also strengthen your spiritual self. By allowing yourself to be focused on a thing that has meaning to you, you get inspired and relaxed. A meditation guide will help you achieve this.