Meditation is the practice of training your individual mind to induce specific modes of consciousness to benefit the overall general health of all your bodies. It is a simple and life transforming technique that will help enhance understanding of the Self. The term meditation refers to a very broad variety or practices that include techniques that promote relaxation, build internal energy and develop love, patience, generosity, forgiveness and compassion. Internal energy is also referred to as Chi, Ki or Prana. Meditation involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind with breathing techniques and intentional concentration.
Studies have shown that meditation has many health benefits that include helping with high blood pressure, depression and anxiety. There is no real wrong way to meditate, it can be done standing or sitting. Buddhist monks involve their awareness in their day to day activities to help strengthen their own “mind training.”
There are a few factors to take into account when you are spiritually practicing the art of meditation. Your environment is very important and it should be an undisturbed place or personal sanctuary where you can find peace and quiet. Using a meditation cushion will help support and give you comfort if you are choosing to sit crossed legged or in the “lotus position.”A good posture is also very imperative to help keep the energy flowing to it’s maximum potential.
Breathe slowly and deeply. Close your eyes or you can direct your unfocused gaze downwards. Letting the breath come naturally will help to relax and ease the physical body. Focus on each breath flowing in from your nose and out of your mouth. Continue to breathe and be mindful of how your body is feeling during this time. When you decide your meditation session is over, you can open your eyes to readjust and stretch to help bring your awareness back into the present.
It is helpful to find comfortable and soothing music or guided meditations with step by step relaxation processes to start. You will find what works best as you start to experiment with what is most relaxing. It is not recommended to meditate on a full or empty stomach. Low light will also create a peaceful atmosphere. See our Himalayan Salt Crystal lamps for the perfect addition to a healing sanctuary!