It is the nature of the mind for our thoughts to jump around constantly and it is during this process that it uses up large amounts of energy.
By focussing these thoughts during meditation it is possible to experience feelings of profound inner peace and tranquillity, leading to relaxation of the body and thereby greatly reducing stress levels.
Indeed, in the more advanced stages of meditation it is also possible to achieve altered states of consciousness which can assist in destroying negative emotions such as jealousy, anger, fear and hatred. Other benefits can include: lowering blood pressure; aiding relaxation and sleep; aiding concentration; reducing pain intensity and also aiding the body's own healing processes.
For effective practice of meditation, regularity of time, place and practice are most important as they condition the mind to better focus its energies. If at all possible try to establish a specific time of the day for your meditation which is uninterrupted by noise.
The most effective times are at dawn and dusk when the atmosphere is still and charged with especially uplifting spiritual energy, so try to practice either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Meditation comes most easily in the clear hours of the morning when the world is at peace after the mind has been rested and has not yet engaged itself in its daily activities. However, it must be stressed that although this time of the day is ideal for meditation it is still acceptable to meditate at any time that you're able.
Meditation is strongly recommended for the majority of individuals. However, if you suffer from a mental illness please seek guidance from your Doctor before trying meditation. All that is needed for you to do is to sit relaxed in a comfortable chair with your back and head kept in an upright position and your legs uncrossed so as to assist with the flow of energies up the spine.
For those of you who find difficulty in sitting it is also acceptable to lie on a bed. Allow your arms to be placed by your sides with your palms turned upwards, then, with your eyes closed, spend a minute or two taking in deep breaths (if possible), so as to get relaxed and to bring a fresh supply of oxygen to the brain. Once you feel relaxed attempt to calm your thoughts but do not force them as this will create unnecessary tension.
At first you will probably find that your mind wanders and jumps around but allow it to do so as this is only natural. Try to develop the attitude of a "silent witness", which is the process of watching the activity of your mind but without becoming involved with it. Try not to fall asleep but don't worry if this happens from time to time.
There are many different ways in which to meditate, and the following are a few suggestions:
Begin by sitting for meditation for 15 minutes daily and gradually increase your time to 30 minutes or whatever is acceptable to you as you gain more experience.
Please note that it is not advisable to meditate within one hour of eating, half an hour of drinking any beverages or within 15 minutes of vigorous exercise. It is also important to point out that the above mentioned meditation is for beginners only and that there are many books with which to learn a variety of more advanced sitting positions and techniques.
Please note: always make sure that before meditating you visualise yourself surrounded by positive energy in the form of white light, so as not to attract negative energies and that straight after meditating you return to a fully grounded consciousness before continuing with your normal day to day activities. This can be achieved by rubbing the palms of your hands together or else rubbing the soles of your feet on the ground. Drinking a glass of water should also help.
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