There are many types of Meditation techniques, all of which have the same basic goal: that is to calm the mind and learn to listen to our quiet inner voice. The benefit of regular meditation is that it helps us develop a sense of distance from our constant mental rambling. As a result, the things that usually tend to upset us, are seen in better perspective and we’re able to let them go so they don’t knock us off center.
First: Find a comfortable, quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Commit yourself to the time you’ve set aside, so that if the phone rings, just let ring. You can return the call later.
Next: Find a comfortable chair to sit in so that you can sit as straight as possible. Of course you’ll need to find a position that works for you. The idea is to find a position that you can remain in as long as possible with as little shifting as possible.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable, settle in a few moments, close your eyes and just let your mind and body relax as much as possible. Then bring you awareness to your breathing. Just watch your breath. You can notice the rise and fall of your chest or feel the air at the tip of your nose. But just stay present with your breath.
What you will notice is that as simple as this seems it is deceptively hard. You’ll quickly find that you’ve forgotten all about you breath and are off on some wild tangent of thought. So, when you notice that, bring your awareness back to your breath. After a while you mind will wonder off again, so bring back again. With practice you will be able to see a thought come and be able to let it go before you get caught up in it.
Begin by spending about 10 minutes a day. You don’t have to be rigid about it but the more consistent you are the sooner you will notice results. If you find that you are having a hard time stay committed find a meditation group to join. It is usually a big help to have the support and routine of a group.
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