Getting Started with Meditation
Meditation is becoming an important part of our lives. It is ironic that we are able to master the toughest things in life but the easiest things like meditation take forever to cultivate. I consider meditation to be just as important as eating everyday. You have to get the right dose in right amount in daily basis. If you skip one part, you will face the consequences. Meditation is probably the most effortless activity you will ever encounter and that is probably why it takes people so long to get it started. We have become incredibly indifferent to the simple things in life. To make your meditation journey easier, I have listed some quick points to get you started on your road to wellness.
• Self Discipline: The most important thing to learn in meditation is self discipline. It is required that you spent at least 24 minutes each day in it. Devote one minute for one hour of the day. Some people skip three or four days and then they sit for two hours straight to compensate for the lost time. Remember that it doesn't matter if you sit for hours after skipping few days; what matters is that you sit everyday, even if only for a short period of time.
• Place: Meditation can be done anywhere. However, it is suggested that you choose a specific place where you can sit everyday. By meditating everyday at the same place, you will create very good vibrations for meditation. This will definitely help you get into a state of meditation easier when you sit there next time. Try choosing a place where no one will disturb you and distractions are limited.
• Time: Although meditation can be done at any time of the day or night, the best time would be early in the morning when you first wake up or at night before you fall asleep. When you meditate in the morning, your mind becomes fresh and relaxed and you set the tone for your day. When you meditate before sleeping, all of your stress from the day fades away and your mind becomes clear. You will also have a very peaceful sleep. You will feel very fresh and energetic when you wake up the next morning.
• Surroundings: Soothing music and pleasing fragrance in the room is beneficial. If you can light a candle, that would be great, too. Create a space that makes you feel at peace. Make sure you always keep your meditation space clean and free of clutter.
• Everything is set up; now what? Sit quietly on a chair or cross-legged on the floor. Focus your awareness in between your eyebrows. The best point of focus is light. Just see more and more of light coming into you through the space between your eyebrows. Feel your body fill up with that light. Keep doing this for at least 20 minutes.
• Be thankful: These last four minutes should be spent thinking about everything you have. Right from your health to your career, family and basically every single moment you get to breathe you should be thankful for. You will realize that day by day and you will gain more satisfaction with the things that you are thankful for. You will also attract the many things or situations that you have always wanted.
After reading everything, you might think that meditation doesn't look like much effort because it just takes 24 minutes from the 1,440 minutes that we have in one day. But once you start doing it, your mind will wander a lot. You might remember things which you never wanted to remember. Some unwelcome memories from your life may pop up. However, don't stop meditating! This is simply the cleansing of your mind. Unless you clean it fully, you won't experience all the benefits of meditation. You cannot fill a cup which is already full. Most people stop meditating because all their repressed feelings and emotions come to the surface. The key is to observe everything without putting any judgements on your experience. Slowly and steadily, you will wake up the silent self of you.
About the author:
As Founder of the self-discovery center Break The Norms (BTN), Chandresh Bhardwaj is one of the youngest inspirational New Age teachers of our time. Pursuing initiatives as a life coach, spiritual healer, and friend, his work emphasizes techniques in the Eastern Science of Healing and Transformation. Sought from people all over the world, his guidance allows for a uncorrupted and honest approach towards spirituality. Primarily, Chandresh conducts programs at Break the Norms to transcend the mind, body, and soul in heightened awareness. He is currently serving clients in the USA, India, England as well as Canada. As a published writer, Chandresh provokes spiritual dialogue in themes such as meditation, repressed emotions, power thoughts and Tantra. Presently, he contributes to Tathaastu Magazine, Natural Awakenings, Intent and Elephant Journal. Moreover, Chandresh is a featured guest on Karma Mantra's Spiritual Labs video series on self-growth and wellness. Chandresh is an active member in the 'Cancer-Schmancer Movement' and is leading the 'Medication to Meditation Movement' as part of BTN's collaboration with Cancer Schmancer.