Meditation is a way to train your mind, the way fitness is important for body meditation is important for mind. There are many techniques for meditation, let us take a look at some of them but before that let us see what is meditation?
In Buddhist tradition, it is said that meditation is equivalent to ‘sports’ and it also gives peace and brings calmness in your life as well. For a beginner it is very difficult to sit back for hours and think nothing and have nothing in mind. But in general the easiest way to meditate is to focus on breathing; one of the best examples of meditation is concentration.
This kind of meditation involves focusing on a single point. This could be like repeating a particular word or mantra, or simply focus on breathing or counting beads on a rosary. Since focusing is a sort of challenge for a beginner so they basically spend very less time for meditation. In meditation you basically focus on awareness on the object chosen each time when you notice that thing wandering in your mind. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, that you simply let them go.
Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe all those thoughts that drift through their mind. Te intention is not to judge the thoughts but to simply be aware of each mental note as they arise. In some place people practice both the combination of concentration and mindfulness.
This combination of both the techniques is good for the beginner’s as it often helps them to improve their observation power.
Benefits of Meditation for the beginners
Sit or lie comfortably. You can also invest on a meditation chair if you want to.
Close your eyes.
Breathe normally; do not make any effort on your breathing. Breathe in simple manner.
Focus on breathing and on how your body moves while you are breathing. When you inhale and exhale, notice the way your body moves when you breathe. Observe every part of your body chest, shoulders, stomach, rib cage and belly. Do not make any sort of effort to control your breathe, breathe naturally and simply focus your attention. In mind think about this thing only, about how this whole breathing procedure is going on and remained focused. Do not divert your mind to anything for a while. Maintain this meditation practice for 2-3 minutes to start, gradually increase the time span of meditation like from 2-3 minutes, make it 5-10 minutes and as the days will pass you can increase your time span for meditating from minutes to hours.
Along with Physical benefits we have mental benefits too when it is about Meditation
We get emotional steadiness and harmony; it nourishes and calms you especially when you are overwhelmed, unstable pr emotionally shut down. It brings harmony in your creativity. When you meditate you have your own space of joy, vastness, calmness and this ultimately brings harmony in your life.