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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

On Beginning the Art of Meditation

Meditation can become an important and beneficial exercise for the body, mind and spirit if a person commences with it in such a way that gives a genuine feeling of relaxation.  And even when the meditative session is over, it can lead to an easier and more natural manner of self-communication, as well as a tendency to think in a mature and creative way in which the person lives more originally.

After a period of practicing meditation, a person also tends to find a sense of inner awareness that is rooted within them, which in turn is beneficial to healthy physical renewal as well as spiritual growth.  You really cannot lose with meditation.

The true path of the soul is individualistic, and must be discovered and followed in each person's own unique way.  It is true that the role of friends and family in providing a helping hand in many life matters is a necessary and important thing, but we should not be affected by them to such a degree that it causes us to deviate from the journey which is intended to bring us closer to our innate goals and inclinations.

Meditation offers a "calming of the storm" for the daily pressures and troubles that a person invariably meets, and the practice of meditation on a regular basis will lead to enormous results.

To set the stage for successful meditation sessions, here are some suggestions:

- Meditate every day at the same time for 15 minutes.
- Engage in physical activities at least three times a week.
- Get plenty of adequate rest, in the form of proper sleep.
- Try to stay away from "comfort foods," and instead prefer more wholesome foods which provide real nourishment along with satisfaction of the physical hunger.
- Drink plenty of water (aim for eight glasses per day, if possible).
- If any stimulant is consumed, such as alcohol, tea, or coffee, it is 6 hours before a person meditates.
- Try to avoid eating creamy food for four hours prior to the time of meditation.
- Hygiene is very important because it affects spiritual growth. The skin, hands, nails, teeth, and other parts of the body are best kept as clean as possible.
- Meditation is best done in clothing made from natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, or wool so that the body is given the opportunity to breathe freely.

How to meditate

There are many methods of meditation, among the most familiar of which is called the "embodiment of the mental image."  It is the recommended meditation method for beginners.  To proceed, an image is created in the mind of a certain thing and then focused upon in a holistic way that enables him to not see anything around him except this image that the person drew in the mind, with the goal of actually coming to perceive the visual image embodied in front of the eye.

Other tips for beginning students of meditation:

1. Meditation must be in a quiet place, and the lighting around the person should be natural and moderate.  It is better not to use fluorescent lighting, as it tends to be too harsh and unnatural.  There should be some flow of fresh air within the room. The room temperature should not be high or low, but rather moderate.  The place should be comfortable in its overall atmosphere.  Living plants or candles are good accessories, and the playing of calm background music is helpful also.

2. Sit in a comfortable position, with the spine straight, the shoulders upright and the head held naturally atop them (it is permissible to tilt the head slightly forward).  The more upright the spine is, the more easily the breathing process is performed and the more the blood circulation is regulated.  The hands should be rested upon the knees.

3. The eyes can be opened or closed according to the most comfortable position of the individual, but if a person feels drowsy when the eyes are closed, they must open them in maintenance of a state of calm alertness.  Also, the jaw and tongue should be in a relaxed position.

4. Breathing is important and necessary in the process of meditation. Breathe deeply and calmly.  Once the person begins to meditate, they will find that their breathing processes soon become slow and deep, as the worries of the mind slowly melt away.

5. It is better to do the meditation process in the morning, i.e,. at the beginning of the day, because the brain is then more devoid of any excessive thoughts. Also, this timing helps to generate energy and inner peace that enables a person to relax and make what might prove a difficult day more productive.  The meditative appointment does not have to be in the early morning, though; the exact timing of it depends on each person’s lifestyle.

6. After finishing the meditation, it is recommended not to suddenly return to daily activity.

7. After completing the meditation and with the eyes open, a look is taken of the things that surround the person -- that is, he must return once again to adapt to everything around him, and return to oneself in order to remember the tasks of daily life.

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