Throughout thousands of years and across many cultures, people across the globe have been meditating. Whether you are new to meditation or are experienced in the practice, there are always new aspects of this tradition waiting to be discovered.
Continue reading to explore some astonishing secrets about meditation.
1. Your Mind Will Quiet Itself
Rather than actively attempting to silence your mind, when meditating, your mind will quiet itself. Whether you are focused on your breathing or chanting a mantra, you will soon begin to just be present, to “just be”. If you attempt to control your thoughts, they will just multiply. As you relax your thoughts begin to vanish, leaving you more present in the moment. You mind quiets itself by becoming more present.
2. All It Takes Is A Few Minutes
There is no rule saying that a meditation period must be 30 minutes. All you need to be present is a few moments. It is recommended to have a daily meditation routine, but you can still be present while waiting on line in a store, or waiting in a doctors office for a few minutes. It is important to incorporate meditation into your daily life in any way possible.
3. Observe Your Breathing. It’s As Simple As That
Meditation, to some, seems obscure and difficult, but it is actually extremely simple. In many forms of meditation, all you do is focus on your breathing. Just sit in a quiet, peaceful place and focus on your breaths, that’s really all it is. Your mind will try to wander, just bring you attention back to your breathing. It’s easy.
4. When Your Mind Wanders, Notice How You React
When people begin meditating, they will observe that their mind will wander easily. If this frustrates you, it will cause even more grief and distress. Rather then get worked up about it, just bring your attention back to your breathing, bringing yourself to the present.
5. Anyone Can Meditate
There are no limitations on who can meditate. Whether your 85 years old or 5 years old, you can give meditation a try. Meditation does not discriminate. Some people believe they are not spiritual, so meditation is not for them, but this is far from the truth. Meditation could be for everyone.
6. Meditation Can Be From Any Position
When people picture meditation, they think of the typical cross-legged lotus position. A lot of meditation fanatics admire this pose, but the truth is that you could meditate from any position. You can meditate sitting in a chair, laying down or even standing. As long as you are comfortable, then you are in a position to meditate.
7. Meditation Can Be Done Anytime, Anyplace
We would not recommend meditating at Yankee Stadium during a tied game in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it is true that you can be present anytime, anyplace. No matter where you are you can “just be”. Try meditating during some of the more unorthodox places during your day.
8. Observe Your Body’s Feelings
Being present is simple when you focus on the feelings within your body. Even if you do not feel anything notable within you, bring your focus to the sensations that go along with being alive, perhaps your heart beat, or the feelings within your arms and legs.
9. We Have Always Known How To Be Present. We Just Had To Learn Again
When you look into the eyes of a new born baby, you do not see worry or stress. Babies are present, not absorbed in oodles of thoughts like we are. Meditation brings back this experience of “no thinking”.
10. There Is No “Right Way”
There are several different techniques and ways to meditate, but none of these are the absolute “right way”. We are all different, and therefore respond to these methods differently. It is important to find out what works for YOU. Experiment different methods and vary them so they best fit yourself.