Want to start meditating?
Most basic meditation technique to start your meditation journey is here!
Padmasana (lotus pose), eyes closed, back straight, arms on thighs open, gentle smile on lips and an aura of peace – this image flashes in the mind when you simply hear the word meditation. But what does a man do with his eyes closed? How long do you sit like that? Here are some simple tips to help you get started on the journey inside.
“Meditation is a gentle art of doing nothing,”
Says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. So how do you do nothing? Here are some simple steps for starting a meditation. When you practice regularly, you really spawn deep and deep. So let’s start with these 10 tips for meditation.
- Choose a comfortable time – Meditation is really a time of relaxation, so it should only take place when it is convenient for you. Choose a time when you know you won’t be bothered and you’ll be free to relax and enjoy. Sunrise and sunset hours, when nature changes day and night, are also convenient to practice.
- Choose a quiet place – Just like a convenient time, choose a place where you will not be disturbed. A quiet and peaceful environment can help you experience the pleasure and relaxation of meditation.
- Sit comfortably – Your position matters as well. Make sure you are relaxed, comfortable and unwavering. Sit upright on your spine; the shoulders and neck are relaxed, and the eyes are closed throughout the process. A common myth about meditation is that you need to sit in Padmasana (lotus pose) to meditate.
- Keep a relatively empty stomach – A good time to meditate is before a meal. After a meal, you can fall asleep during meditation. But don’t make yourself meditate when you’re very hungry. You will have a hard time with colic or you will even start thinking about food all the time! In this case, you can meditate two hours after a meal.
- Start with Multiple Warm-ups – Multiple warm-ups or yoga exercises before sitting to meditate help improve circulation, eliminate inertia and restlessness, and make the body feel easier. You will be able to sit still for a long time.
- Take a deep breath several times – this is again a preparation for easy meditation. Deep inspirations and exhalations as well as a good thought do dariri nadi shodhan pranayama before meditating. It helps to calm the rhythm of breathing, and leads the mind to a calm meditative state.
- Smile easily – notice the difference. By smiling gently throughout the meditation, you remain relaxed, calm, and experience meditation better.
- Turn on guided meditation – It is good for a beginner to practice guided meditation. Your start will be easier. For example, start with this meditation led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All you have to do is close your eyes, relax, follow the voice instructions and just enjoy the experience. You can also choose from other online-guided-meditation, depending on what works best for you.
- Open your eyes slowly and gently – When you are nearing the end of your meditation, do not rush to open your eyes and move quickly. Open yourself slowly and gradually become aware of yourself and your surroundings.
- Experience freshness and enjoy your day – Meditation gives energy right away. Take a few minutes to load the rest of the day on your agenda. Take this break and experience the wonders of meditation for yourself.