There is one part of the body that remains active 24×7, works all the time and keeps all the record of our daily activities. Whatever we do, wherever we go, everything is controlled by from here- such is the importance of the mind in the body. A mind is not only the CPU (Central Processing Unit) of the human framework but also its motherboard. With so many responsibilities to perform, our knowledge-box also needs a second or two to rest and relax like other body parts. Meditation, the art of mindfulness Yoga provides that much-needed respite to the tiring brain along with being a perfect exercise for mental development.
Meditation can be of various kinds, unlike the common perception that makes it a sitting practice. Meditation stands for the balance of the mind and spirit both. It is a stress releasing technique that enables you to feel pacified. One can experience the beauty of meditation while walking, bathing, in the office, and in a number of peaceful environments. If you are really conscious about the health and wellness, you should delve into mindfulness every morning. Look at these elementary steps for practicing the art of Meditation in an ideal way.
Step 1: Getting started
Meditation is not an exercise, rather a celebration of inner peace, which should be celebrated in a serene atmosphere. Serenity denotes an undisturbed ambiance and not complete silence. If you want to have gentle music, it is perfectly okay. So, before getting lost in the mental exercise, choosing a soothing setting is a great idea.
Step 2: Positioning
Most people prefer to practice meditation sitting in a cross-legged position. It is very important to sit straight keeping the spine at a right angle to the ground. Put the wrists on the respective knees connecting the thumbs and index finger. Another way of positioning is by keeping both hands one upon the other in the lap. You can also practice in standing pose straight to the ground.
Step 3: Relax
Being relaxed during meditation is quite important. Make sure that none of the body part feels restless, for you won’t be able to keep a focus on the exercise in that condition. For feeling settled and relaxed, close your eyes and listen to the sound of your beating heart. Although meditation is recommended to be practiced with open eyes, you can close them for a moment and then open it while feeling composed.
Step 4: Bring mental stillness
Whether you keep the eyes open or closed, the mind should be clear, with no disturbing thoughts. This is why meditation is suggested to be practiced in the early morning because the mind does not have any obstruction at the time.
Step 5: Breathing
Breathing is an integral part of meditation, since it allows the body and mind release the strains, if any. In addition, breathing a couple of times before beginning proper meditation controls the heartbeat and the mind.
Step 6: Mantras
Mantras are not always uttered while sitting in meditation but it gives two-fold benefits of mental enlightenment as well as spiritual wellness. Make sure that the mantras begin with a long AUM sound because the vibration this holy mantra produces is a source of intense knowledge and peace.
Step 7: Concentrate
Concentration is what meditation is all about. Bring your focus to the middle of the forehead and try searching for that AUM sign. Go as deep as possible in the state for complete peacefulness. Feel as if there is nothing in the world but the divine and he will take you to the heaven. Continue to be in this position for several minutes.
Step 8: Ending the Meditation
There is not any rule for the timeframe you have to be in the quiet state of mind. You can meditate as long as possible and conclude it by bringing the mind slowly to the present state of consciousness. Slowly and steadily, start feeling the practical world, open the eyes while taking your time (if you are practicing closed-eye meditation).
Meditation should be practiced every day in the morning or in a quiet studio. It is like an exercise to the mind that makes it strong enough to face the challenges of the daily life. If you want to learn the most authentic form of meditation, there are a number of Yoga and Ayurveda schools in India where you can attend meditation courses, along with other programs such as Ayurveda courses in Kerala India, Yoga TTC in Rishikesh, Panchkarma Treatment in India, and many more.
Author Bio- Manmohan Singh has been a practitioner of yoga and Ayurveda for the last 12 years. He is managing director of Rishikul Ayurshala, an authentic Ayurveda training institute. The Institue offers ayurveda courses in Kerala India and ayurveda cooking classes in kerala India. The institute’s goal is to provide the simplest healing solutions and treatments for multifarious health problems. Apart from the institute management, Manmohan Singh loves to spend time writing, doing photography and travelling.