Meditation is a holistic discipline during which time the practitioner trains his or her mind in order to realize some benefit.
There are dozens or more specific styles of meditation practice. People may mean different things when they use the word, ‘meditation’. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions, especially in monastic settings.
Meditation is generally an internal, personal practice and most often done without any external involvement, except perhaps prayer beads to count prayers. But it certainly doesn’t have to be religious in nature. Many people use meditation as a powerful tool to rid the body of stress and anxiety.
Four elements of meditation
Different types of meditation may include different elements to help you meditate. These may vary depending on whose guidance you follow, who’s teaching a class, or who wrote the program. Four of the most common features in meditation include:
- Relaxed breathing: This technique involves deep, even-paced breathing using the diaphragm muscle to expand your lungs. The purpose is to slow your breathing, take in more oxygen, and reduce the use of shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles while breathing so that you breathe more efficiently.
- Focused attention: Focusing your attention is generally one of the most important elements of meditation.Focusing your attention is what helps free your mind from the many distractions that cause stress and worry. You can focus your attention on such things as a specific object, an image, a mantra, or even your breathing.
- A quiet setting: If you’re a beginner, practicing meditation may be easier if you’re in a quiet spot with few distractions, including no television, radios or cellphones. As you get more skilled at meditation, you may be able to do it anywhere, especially in high-stress situations where you benefit the most from meditation, such as a traffic jam, a stressful work meeting or a long line at the grocery store.
- A comfortable position: You can practice meditation whether you’re sitting, lying down, walking, or in other positions or activities. Just try to be comfortable so that you can get the most out of your meditation.
There are tons of free websites you can find for how to get started with meditation. If you rather would pay a little bit of money (under $20) for an actual step-by-step course I have heard this program is excellent:
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