Meditation for Beginners
This is meditation for beginners, but it is also how meditation is approached by the masters. The benefits of meditation are becoming widely known and respected throughout the Western world, a practice once known only by Eastern cultures. What is not widely known is that there is a an ancient formula passed down through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a comprehensive guide to discovering one’s true nature. The experience of Yoga, as defined by Patanjali, is the stilling of the movements and fluctuations of the mind. This is achieved through concentration in a seated, stable, and comfortable posture.
The Yoga we know today was created by Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) for the kids in his ashram. Krishnamacharya loved western gymnastics, so he naturally adopted poses from gymnastics into what is now the modern yoga asana practice. This was perfect for the kids who had lots of energy to burn before having the ability to sit still and concentrate. Thus, the purpose of yoga as we know it today, is not just exercise, it is all preparation for the final pose: a seated, stable, and comfortable position for meditation.
How Yoga Prepares Us For Meditation
A good Yoga practice engages every muscle and stretches every muscle, leaving the body relaxed and ready for a long meditation practice. In addition, Yoga balances the breath, making the inhale equal to the exhale. When the breath is balanced, the mind is steady. There is a direct relationship between the breath and the mind. Try it now. Do your own experiment.
🌎Clear the area around you
🌎Balance the breath
🌎Stretch first, or even better, do Yoga
🌎If you want to surround yourself with nice smells, use a diffuser, do not burn incense
🌎Take it slow, results will come if you are patient
🌎Set an intention
🌎You can lie down instead of sitting if that helps
🌎Observe but don’t react (Clearing your mind)
🌎Your mind doesn’t always have to be clear, thinking is meditating
🌎What is your focus? Focus on that
🌎Provide positive suggestions to your mind
🌎Do not eat at least two hours prior to meditation
🌎Keep caffeine and sugar intake low