What does Meditation mean to you?
Meditation, to me is a peaceful moment. Its such a soft, slow, relaxing wonderful moments for me. Especially when you have nice relaxing music on. What I want all of you to do is play the video, let the music play, and as you reading through make sure you are focusing on the music as well. Let me give you a link:
Whats the definition of Meditation?
The definition of meditation, according to psychologytoday.com is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple.
What is the perfect time and place for meditation?
You need to take time out for Meditation, Because it’s essentially relaxation time. It should be done entirely at your convenience. So, choose a time and a convenient place when you know you are not likely to be disturbed and are free to relax and enjoy.The hours of sunrise and sunset, while nature transitions between day and night, are also ideal for the practice. Quiet and peaceful surroundings can make the meditation experience more enjoyable and relaxing.
A good time to meditate is before having a meal. After food, you might doze off while meditating. However, do not force yourself to meditate when you are very hungry. You will find it difficult because of hunger cramps or you may even keep thinking about food the whole time! In this case, you can meditate after two hours after having food.
How does it work?
You will be likely to fall asleep if you choose the lying down position. Do not fight off sleep initially because at least you will benefit from some well needed rest! Perhaps you have been unable to manage with overwhelming stress in your life and you genuinely require this rest. If that is the case, do what what is necessary and return to this exercise later.
Sleep is not our goal here. Awakening is our objective.
I am going to share with you a 20 mins(you can practice this for however time period you want) technique. This technique will provide a pathway to the silent stillness within and a extreme peaceful state. OK here we go…
[reminder let the music play]
Stay just as you are, either sitting upright in a flat back chair with your feet firmly on the floor with your arms by your side, or resting comfortably on a couch. If you are limited physically, you may lie down on a flat surface. In other words just find your center.
Gently and effortlessly become aware of your entire body and breathing. Slowly direct your attention as if scanning your entire body; beginning with your individual toes, moving up from your feet and calves and so on. Have focus on you body, on the breath.
Take your time. As you become involved with each area, become aware of the blood flowing in that area. Be aware of the warmth that this flowing blood produces in that area. Be aware of a mild tingling sensation that occurs as you place your attention on that part of your body.
Think of all the stuff you’re going through you ups and downs, relationships, stress, depression, studies, pressure, just for this moment throw it all away as you breath out, and breath fresh new air in. Find your true self your new self. If distracting thoughts arise (and they certainly will!), calmly but intently bring your attention back to the awareness of that body part. Regain your focus and attention time and time again.
Pretend you’re floating on an unknown ocean, where there’s no one but you. Do not lose your focus from your breath and each part of your body. Stay focused!! Focus is important. Breath in new air, breath out all your worries.
[reminder let the music play]
Notice how your breathing is a continual process of giving and receiving. Realize the impact of that exchange and how it may relate to other areas of your life. The flow of giving and receiving. The flow of life. The flow of your life. Continue this body scan for ten minutes or so. Do not lose focus though.
When you have completed this scan of your entire body, begin to focus in on your hands. Become aware of your hands. Feel the tingle, the flow of blood in your hands. Now just stay there! Stay in the present moment, continually aware of that hand. You should be feeling very relaxed by now Good, Stay focused..!!!
Remember that if and when your mind drifts off, you will remain diligent in your efforts to return again and again to the sensation in your hand, the flow of blood, the awareness of that hand, the awareness of all of this occurring in the present moment.
You are now grounded in the present moment. Clearly realize that nothing else exists but this moment. Here and now. The past is no longer here and the future has not yet arrived. Therefore the past and future exist in your mind only. You are absolutely here now only. Be aware that even when your mind is unaware that it is involved with the past or the future, it is still operating from within the now. The infinite now.
Without reference to memories of the past or anticipations of the future, the now is absolutely timeless. This is a state in which you can follow and flourish . This is a powerful understanding indeed and an essential building block for what is to follow. The only reality is here and now. Realize this. Discover the new you, take all your stress out, your worries out. Be the new you.
The changes; positive, fantastic and unimaginable will take place right here. Here in the present moment, there is access to your creative source and infinite potential.
[reminder let the music play]
Remember that when a random thought draws you away, you must bring yourself back to the awareness of your hand without exerting effort; again and again. You are certain to be able to do this with increased frequency and ease as your practice continues.
Your ability to concentrate both during the hand technique and throughout your daily activities will improve in slight but sure increments. Continued practice is certain to have results. Let the music take over your mind. Now when you want to come back, you have let every part of your body calm down and let each part take their time. Do not rush at all. Slowly take over and open your eyes and stay in your place for a while. Just feel it, don’t say anything. You were successful by having a new experience of yourself. You found your new you, and ways to calm yourself down.
At the end, I just want to say that I really hope all of you enjoyed this calm moment. Feel free to answer the question and giving me your opinion on meditation.