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Beginners Guide to Meditation

by Yvonne Napier 29 Apr 2022 0 Comments


How many times have you felt that 24 hours are not enough in a day? Whether you’re a student or a professional, you are trapped in this fast-moving world, where it is increasingly difficult to find time for yourself.

Usually, when we take a break from our busy schedules, we spend time on our mobile phones or laptops. This is stressful not only on the eyes but also for the mind. The mind is like a pendulum. It keeps swinging from one extremity to another. What we require is centeredness. To regulate the mind and give it some rest, the best stress buster you can give it is meditation.

Yes, that’s right!

Meditation acts like a battery recharger. Just 10 minutes of meditation will leave you feeling calm and refreshed and better able to tackle the rest of your day.

Here are some common misconceptions about meditation:

  • You have to think about nothing.
  • You have to sit quietly with  your legs crossed.
  • You are running away from reality.

Aside from the second point, meditation is none of those things!

And sitting quietly with legs crossed is just one way you can meditate.

There are numerous techniques, tools, and styles you can use to help you achieve the goal of meditation. These include dynamic meditation where you move your body, Tai Chi, lying down, or in any other position.

So what is meditation then?

  • Being 100% present in this moment.
  • Coming back to your true self.
  • Being the observer behind all your thoughts and emotions.

When you meditate, you are going to have millions of thoughts pop into your mind. It's part of human nature.

The practice of meditation is a practice of becoming aware your mind is focusing on something else and bringing yourself back to focus on the thing you set as your focus to start off with.

It is also a practice of helping you distance yourself from any strong emotions that you may be experiencing. When you can see it from the outside, you can process those thoughts and emotions without being so caught up in the intensity of them.

Eventually, your meditation practice will translate into your daily life. If you are eating dinner and find your mind wandering to something that happened at work, instead of spending the whole meal with your body in one place and your mind in another, you will recognize that you are not present, and call your mind back.

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