Meditation seems to be the new ‘hip thing’ and an Instagram trend where recently fledged Yogis upload myriad of pictures to establish their latest lifestyle trend.
On the contrary meditation is the most amazing practise you can adopt. It is a blessing and an amazing gift you can give yourself. There is no right way to meditate, though you can follow a particular type of meditation that resonates with you.
The core purpose of meditation is to become yourself by removing mental clutter and negative emotions and allow your inner voice (inner self) to surface. Meditation is Emotional Detox; where your negative emotions and thoughts are removed to gain focus and attain bliss. Meditation has physiological, spiritual and psychological benefits. To adopt the best suitable type of meditation and its general benefits read our blog on Meditation for Emotional Detox
How to Meditate
The type of meditation and its meditation process varies, but following is a general basic guideline on how to meditate. The following method can be practised for 5 minute pick- me – up at work or as a 15 minute daily morning routine or when it fits you.
Find a comfortable space – Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed, if you are at home it could be you indoor courtyard, balcony or your bedroom. If you are at work sitting at your workstation is highly recommended to avoid absence or use the 10 minutes of your lunch to hit the recreational area. An environment surrounded by nature is advised as it easily calms your nerves, as William Shakespeare says, ‘One touch of nature makes the whole world kin’.
Sit in a comfortable position, the lotus position is ideal but ensure your back is straight to avoid strain.
Close your eyes and breath – Close your eyes and stay focused on the tip of your nose to bring in a focal point. Take 3 deep breaths, fill your lungs with air with every inhalation and imagine any uncomfortable feeling leave your body during exhalation. After initial 3 deep breaths, breath at your own comfortable pace.
Focus on an imaginary object- Imagine a white light or a tip of a mountain and every time your mind wanders observe your breathing and bring back your thoughts to the imaginary objects.
Release uncomfortable emotions – When your mind is focused and your thoughts are quietened, emotions that have been taking the best of you surface, imagine these emotions leaving your body when you exhale.
Enjoy the stillness
When you have observed your breathing, focused on a focal point and allowed uncomfortable feelings to disperse you a wave of soothing stillness will blanket you. Learn to enjoy the stillness and every time your mind wanders come back to your focal point and concentrate on your breathing.
Making meditation a habit will eventually make it a part of your lifestyle. Many who had begun to enjoy its benefits have integrated it into their daily lives and turn to it for inspiration, creating connections within themselves to create connection with others and rely on it to bring the source of joy and happiness in their lives.