How to Meditate
Meditation, like sleep, cannot be taught – it comes by itself in its own time. But if you follow the right steps to begin with, you can speed up your progress considerably. The most essential thing to establish meditation as a regular habit in your life, using the same place and time each day. This will train your mind to respond without delay once you sit down to meditate – much as your stomach is conditioned to expect food at mealtimes. After a few months of regular practice, your mind will begin to demand this quiet time of its own accord.
- Set aside a special place for meditation- the atmosphere you build up will help still the mind.
- Choose a time when your mind is free of everyday concerns- dawn and dusk are ideal.
- Using the same time and place each day conditions the mind to slow down more quickly.
- Sit with your back, neck and head in straight line. Facing North or East.
- Instruct your mind to remain quiet for the duration of your meditation session.
- Regulate your breathing – start with five minutes deep breathing, then slow it down.
- Establish a rhythmic breating pattern – inhaling then exhaling for about three seconds.
- Simple detach yourself from our thoughts and watch your mind.
- At first, let your mind wander – it will only grow more restless if you force it to concentrate.
- Now bring the mind to rest on the focal point of your choice – either the Ajna or the Anahata chakra.
- Applying your chosen technique, hold your object of concentration at this focal point throughout your session,
- Meditation comes when you reach a state of pure thought but still retain your awareness of duality.
- After long practice. Duality disappears and Samadhi, the super conscious state, is attained.