Although meditation has long been regarded as an esoteric subject, nowadays more and more people resort to this process by wanting to relax their minds and body, improve their ability to concentrate, eliminate stress and comes to an inner balance.
Of course, meditation is not an easy thing when you’re just starting to learn. You need the patience to get your mind clear of any thoughts that do not give you peace. If you are persevering, in time you will be able to practice meditation and get to know your mind and body much better, and most importantly, know how to control each of them.
To enjoy the benefits of meditation, you have to be persevering!
Because we live a stressful, tired and even unhappy life, we need a small impulse to help us change our vision. Here comes meditation, a simple and effective introspection method that aims to calm your mind, relax your body, and help you achieve inner peace. If meditation attracted your attention at one point, but you did not have the courage or patience to try so far, not knowing exactly what to do, we will continue to show you the basic steps when you start meditating. Do not forget that if you really want to feel the benefits of meditation, you have to be persevering and take it on a daily basis. You will not get out first, but eventually you will succeed!
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Here are five tips to consider when starting to meditate:
1. Choose a pose suitable for meditation. The most accessible position is when sitting on the floor, on a chair or on a stool. If you sit on the floor, the most comfortable position is on a pillow with crossed legs. It is very important to stay comfortable. Keep your neck, your shoulders, your straight back. A correct posture will help you breathe better.
2. Relax your body. Close your eyes and visualize every part of your body, starting with your fingers, legs, ankles and use the eyes in your mind to sort of ‘climb’ all over your body. Relax your shoulders, neck, eyes, face, jaws and tongue, as these are the most common areas where tension is gathering.
3. Stand still, breathe and begin to be aware of your surroundings, your body, the sounds that surround you. Do not react and do not try to change anything. Just be aware of the outside. Focus your attention on breathing. Breathe slowly but deeply so that you can feel your lungs. Do not force your breathing. Notice how breathing in your nostrils, throats, chest and stomach feels inspiring and exhaling.
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4. Choose a mantra: a word, sound, or phrase to repeat during meditation. Mantras have the role of helping you focus better. You can utter the mantra loudly or in thought. A simple mantra for beginners can be: “Inspire, Expire”.
5. Relax your mind. Try to focus on your mantra, though there is a risk that your thoughts will run away to everyday problems. If this does not work, it is normal. You will see that in some days your mind will be more relaxed and you will focus more easily, and in others it will be a little harder to relax. But nothing is forbidden, let go of your senses.
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