Many people are interested in meditation but it seems like a daunting, unfamiliar, weird ‘thing’ that other people do for unknown reasons. I am here to let you know that meditation is simple, natural, and welcoming, and that anyone and everyone can practice meditation in order to take control of their own health and well being. In getting to know your inner environment you can begin to take charge of your own life, your own health, your own happiness and realize that you don’t need to depend on others to achieve these things. To be happy, balanced and peaceful is your natural birthright and through a meditation practice, you can depend on yourself and your own inner teacher to help you in profound ways. Realize that YOU are your best guide and deep within you is all of the wisdom and truth of the universe- you need only tap into that to remember what you already knowl.
Here is a simple guide to help you begin an effective meditation practice.
Find a place in your home that can become your sacred space. A place that is calm, quiet, and ideally away from the hustle and bustle of your household. Keep this space clean and organized. Keep a meditation cushion or a yoga mat there to sit on. The classic meditation position is to sit on the floor in a cross-legged posture with a straight spine. If this is difficult for you, elevate your hips by sitting up on a meditation cushion or a bolster, and sit against a wall if that feels right. You can also sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your spine straight. A last resort would be to lie on you back – but only if you can keep from falling asleep!
Try to meditate at the same time every day, if that's possible. Anytime that you can carve out of your day is good, but the most recommended time to meditate is early in the morning - between 5 and 7am. This is the time that the energy is very calm and it's easier to find quiet within.
Visualization Meditation is a wonderful way to begin a meditation practice because it is an effective tool to help the new practitioner become quiet, calm and focused. Many people are very visual and find it difficult to meditate in silence when they first start to practice. Guided Meditation, or being talked through a visualization, or using imagery is a great way for those who are new to meditation to concentrate the mind on an internal object, color or scene in nature. Visualization meditation provides a gateway into peace and relaxation by the teacher describing a beautiful situation or place for you to think about.
It is this first step of the withdrawal of the senses from the distractions of life that is so important in finding peace and relaxation in the body and mind. In this type of meditation, you are guided to watch the breath, observe the sensations in your body, and relax any tension you may be holding on to as you deepen the breath. After the visualization, you are brought out of the meditation the same way, coming back into the body and the breath and finally opening the eyes, relaxed, refreshed and renewed.