The practice and Benefits of Meditation and mindfulness have been well documented, and by now we are all starting to explore with interest this ancient art form that has the potential to relieve us from our day to day stresses and anxieties.
To practice of basic or beginners meditation and mindfulness can not only relieve stress, Anxiety, Depression and worry but it has the potential to bring a deep sense of joy and wellbeing into our lives. With so many meditation websites and endless mindfulness chatter out there where and how do learn the essentials of beginners meditation
Where to begin
The beginners meditation posture and positions are Sitting Meditation, Standing Meditation, Walking Meditation and lying meditation, although the last position isn’t recommended for beginners as the tendency to fall asleep is a common issue.
Each position wether, Sitting, Standing or Walking Meditation uses the same basic beginners instructions. The meditation technique stays the same.
Before we start to meditate however we need to understand what meditation is at it’s most basic level.
What is Meditation
Meditation is a one pointed concentration and in the most usual instance we focus our one pointed attention on our breathing. Our breath is used as a focus tool because it is always with us, wherever we go.
As we meditate we focus our attention on the in and out breaths that natural occur within our bodies. This is the one pointed attention.
Now let’s try
First thing to do is take a seat and make yourself comfortable. We don’t need to worry to much on Sitting crosses legged at the moment we can simple use a chair.
Take a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind, slowly close your eyes and begin to observe our breathing, observing the rise and fall of the abdomen or the pass of air through the nostrils.
‘Breathing In‘ we are truly present in that moment.
‘Breathing Out‘ we are truly present in that moment.
This is the one pointed concentration. Remember to watch closely to the feelings of the ‘In Breath‘ as it passes through the nose filling the lungs and expanding the abdomen and chest. Now watch in detail how the reverse process takes place on the ‘Out Breath‘. IN BREATH, OUT BREATH
Most important thing to learn
To start you will find your mind wanders from the breath onto something else, a shopping list, a fantasy or maybe you start to day dream. This is perfectly natural and ok, always be kind to yourself, never scolding, always patient and gently bring your attention back to your breathing. The more you practice the better you become at anything, and this is the same with mindfulness and meditation.
That’s it. You now understand the beginners basics of one pointed concentrated Meditation and Mindfulness.
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