I’ve been practicing for about 6 months with mixed results. Sometimes the meditation is highly effective in helping me control my negative thoughts or talk me down from the ledge when I feel out of control, but other times it doesn’t seem to work at all. How long do you have to practice before it becomes more consistent?
Yes, definitely, Marcos. It depends very much on your purpose for meditating and your personal preference. Some people find that having any form of music is distracting and would make it difficult for them to concentrate, while others find having soothing background make them feel more relaxed and calm. Try meditating with and without music, and experiment with different types of music to find the best complement for your practice. Enjoy your sitting!
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Find a simple, uncluttered, quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Sit on the floor with a cushion under you or in a firm chair, with your back straight and your eyes closed. Then bring your awareness slowly down through your body, allowing all of the muscles to relax except those that are supporting your head, neck, and back. Take your time and enjoy the process of letting go of the tension in your body. Meditation is the art and science of letting go, and this letting go begins with the body and then progresses to thoughts.
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Also, I have meditated twice before, one time I attempted to but as hard as I tried I couldn’t clear my mind. I then tried it again while listening to music composed for the purpose of an accompaniment to Shiatsu. This helped, and I wasn’t sure how long to meditate for, so I set a timer for five minutes. During the meditation, I wanted to come out of meditation, but as soon as the timer went, I slowly opened my eyes and wanted to start meditating I felt much happier, less stressed and more healthy afterwards. I also felt a bit confused, as if I had been woken suddenly from a deep sleep. I tried meditating in this fashion again, although for slightly less time. I had the same feeling afterwards.
yes i agree, till now i was meditating to achive something unknown,and with this thought to achieve some thing , one can not be thoughtless, i am in deeply gratitude of mata ji to give us this path of thoughtless, regards.
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We feel our lungs fill and release. As we focus on the smallest details of our respiration, other thoughts–of work, of family, of money–begin to recede, leaving us alone with the rise and fall of our chests.
If you want to be able to focus on demand, access calm, have more control over your brain, you’re going to want to meditate. The benefits of meditation are endless and scientifically proven. Visit our ‘Why meditate’ page to learn about all the science and benefits.
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“All the genes that are responsible for self-regulation and healing go up, sometimes seventeen-fold. All the genes that are responsible for inflammation go down. Inflammation is associated with many diseases,” Chopra said. “This is at the genetic level but besides that, it helps you sleep better, improves your relationships, gets rid of stress.”
During the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, the mind spontaneously transcends, going beyond the mental activity of waking state to a unique state of restful alertness, called Transcendental Consciousness—a proposed fourth state of consciousness unlike waking, dreaming or sleep. This easy meditation involves using a mantra, or sound without meaning, that has a harmonizing effect on the mind and body, producing deep relaxation and quieter mental activity. Because deeper levels of the mind are more concentrated with energy, creativity and intelligence, one’s awareness becomes infused with these qualities as the meditator experiences the inner depths of consciousness.
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“My typical coping strategy–the bourbon and cheeseburger method–wasn’t working,” he says. He attended one of Meng’s classes and soon started his own practice, one that helped him better handle his father’s eventual passing away.
When we write our intentions down prior to meditation, how important is it to formulate them in a specific way? Some say it’s important not to write “I want” because that is a statement of lack. Others say to write intentions in a positive, affirmative way. What is most effective?
While I’m not sure whether meditation can heal your personal problems, as far as this breathing meditation is concerned, there’s really nothing you need to do or think other than concentrating on your breaths. It really is that simple. I wish you all the best!
“Sitting is best. If you’re lying down you might fall asleep, which means you need sleep anyway,” Chopra said. “Anytime is good. Anytime. Anywhere. Even in a bus or a train or a plane. You just have to be comfortable.”
People that are more connected with the body and nature may like to try Taoist meditation, and enjoy learning a bit about the philosophy behind it. Or if you are into martial arts or Tai Chi, this might be of your interest. However, Taoist centers and teachers are not as easy to find as Buddhist and Yoga ones, so it might be a challenge to follow through.
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What do you do when you have resistance to your meditation practice? I know how important my meditation practice is but I allow everything else to get in the way and then the day ends without a meditation. Thanks!
There could be many reasons to it, exams, big decisions to take, complicated relationship within your family or with friends. It is not a disease it is an emotional behavior that can be controlled through meditation on a long term basis.
Trying to bring the mind back to the object of your meditation can backfire when the mind is too wild. So when the agitation is strong, it’s advised to reflect on impermanence to counter the attachment at the root of your frenetic mind. Instead of trying to pull your mind back to the object, simply relax the mind and cultivate a sense of disenchantment with all the impermanent affairs of this life.
Thank you for this very thorough discussion of and tips for meditating. I have had a daily practice for about 9 years now, and I find that my meditation goes through phases. I never stop growing and learning and can benefit from seeing info again which I think I already know.
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The practice of meditation helps us to cultivate a better way of living. It helps us manage our stress levels, improves the quality of our relationships, and enables us to access greater levels of clarity, insight, and focus.
Observe your breath, but don’t analyze it. The goal is to be present within each breath, not to be able to describe it. Don’t worry about remembering what you’re feeling, or being able to explain the experience at a later time. Just experience each breath in the moment. When it passes, experience the next breath. Try not to think about the breathing with your mind – just experience it through your senses.
effectively expands the range of one’s consciousness—the subconscious gradually becomes conscious through regular practice—one comes to intimately know the fullness of one’s own Self; this directly counteracts feelings of emptiness, a condition seen so prevalent in our society
Hi Emil, everyone experiences meditation in his or her own unique ways. So I wouldn’t be too concerned with what you’re experiencing now, unless it starts to become disturbing. I suggests you remained focus on your breathing or chosen point of focus, while letting the rest come and go on their own. Over time, your body would synchronize with your breathing as you learn to be fully present.
As the wise Buddhist teacher and author, Pema Chodron, writes in How to Meditate: “You don’t need to struggle not to have thoughts because that’s impossible.” I define mindfulness as the ability to pay attention to what is right here, right now—without getting hooked on any certain idea, belief, opinion, feeling or memory. It is a practice of watching the way we think without identifying ourselves as our thoughts.
How do you get out of that state? Alert yourself, straighten your back, breathe the stale air out of our lungs, and direct your awareness into the clear space to freshen your mind. If you remain in this stagnant state, you will not evolve, so whenever this setback arises, clear it again and again. It is important to be as watchful as possible, and to stay as vigilant as you can.
I recommend meditating with your eyes open. The way the subtle channels are constructed, this can also help your mind calm down. Either look downward, along the tip of your nose, at an angle of about 45 degrees, or place your gaze softly in the space directly in front of you. If you find it difficult to keep your eyes open, try it for a few moments at a time until you get used to it.
Insula: the part of the brain that monitors bodily sensations and is involved in experiencing “gut-level” feelings. Along with other brain areas, it helps “guide” how strongly you will respond to what you sense in your body (i.e., is this sensation something dangerous or benign?). It is also heavily involved in experiencing/feeling empathy.
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