"Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak."
- Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Meditation, created thousands of years ago, is when the mind is free from agitation. During meditation, our minds create a sense of balance for we are not reminiscing of the past nor anticipating the future - we find awareness and contentment within the present moment.
Let us briefly explain what meditation is and is not.
What meditation is not:
Thinking or contemplating
Daydreaming or fantasizing
Arguing between thoughts
Intensifying the thinking process
Hypnosis or autosuggestion
What meditation is:
A quiet, effortless, one-pointed focus of attention and awareness.
Breathing Exercises have an enormous amount of benefits in preparing the mind for meditation and improving health. This may also be used as a meditation technique, for we are focused only on the breath.
1) Begin seated in a simple cross-legged position or sitting with your legs extended out in front of you (suitable if you have any knee pain). If you need to, you can practice sitting against a wall.
2) Before getting started, make yourself as comfortable as possible so you avoid feeling discomfort during your meditation. You can always place a pillow underneath your tailbone and/or knees for more comfort and support.
3) Let your palms rest on your thighs or knees, then relax your shoulders down and soften any tight muscles in your face - such as the corner of your eyes, forehead, jaw.
4) Breathe in deeply through your nose, and out through your mouth.
5) After a couple times of deep breathing, you can switch up the breathing by inhaling and count to 4 seconds, then exhale and count to 8 seconds. This will teach us to lengthen our exhales.
6) Continue for 5-10 minutes, or listen to your intuition and meditate for as long as you feel necessary. A goal to work up to can be 30 minutes or even, an hour.
Finding Your Path
Just as there are many different paths to climb a mountain, there are also a variety of meditation techniques.
All have the same goal: .