Table of Contents
- 1 How to Start Meditating for Beginners
- 1.1 1. Place of Meditation
- 1.2 2. Meditation Cushion to sit on
- 1.3 3. Sitting posture for Meditation
- 1.4 4. Use of Timer
- 1.5 5. Act of Concentration
How to Start Meditating for Beginners
How to Start Meditating is a pertinent question for every beginners ? Meditation is a practice of transforming the mind to stop thinking and thereby enter into a state of deep peace. It is a divine process of calming down. It is an act of concentration which leads into the form of awareness. Concentrating to listen to the heart beats, feeling the rhythm of breaths, concentrating to listen the chirping of birds etc are various acts of meditation. The word Meditation has been derived from two different words. The Latin word ‘meditari’ which means to think, to exercise the mind or to dwell upon and the Sanskrit word ‘medha’ which means wisdom. By practicing Meditation therefore one exercise his/ her mind to attain wisdom.
1. Place of Meditation
For a beginner the place of meditation and the environment around is of utmost importance. One should ensure that the place for meditation is pollution free, peaceful and there is abundance of fresh air. Undesired sound and disturbance hinder the process of meditation. Therefore they should be avoided.
2. Meditation Cushion to sit on
Once an appropriate and the right place for meditation has been choosen there is an invariable requirement of something to sit on for meditation. The meditation cusion which is popularly known as “zafu” has been extensively used in meditation because it provides an upright sitting posture which is considered good for meditation. However once you have attained certain degree of competency in meditation, you can use meditation chair or bench to meditate if you feel to use it.
3. Sitting posture for Meditation
While learning How to Start Meditating, in meditation sitting posture is yet an another area of importance. Right from the period of ancient India, our Rishis, Maharshis and Yogis have been preferring ‘Padmasana’ posture as the best sitting position to meditate. One should always remember that while meditating you should keep your back straight. If you are not comfortable in ‘Padmasana’ posture, you can just seat crossed legged by keeping your hands freely resting.
4. Use of Timer
It is always recommended to use some timer devices to alert the practitioner when the specified time has reached or completed for beginners. Usually at the beginning one should start meditating for a minimum period of 10 minutes and slowly slowly the timings can be increased after attaining some degrees competency levels.
5. Act of Concentration
Concentrating is Meditating. When you learn How to Start Meditating you may face or find several problems. You can focus upon the following aspects of meditation to achieve proficiency.