Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. Practitioners
of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.
Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines. However, you
don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits. And you don’t even have to be in a special place to
practice it. You could even try it in your own living room!
Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same.
The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering
thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus. This clears the mind of debris
and prepares it for a higher quality of activity.
The negative thoughts you have are those of noisy neighbors, bossy office mates, that parking ticket you
got, and unwanted spam are said to contribute to the ‘polluting’ of the mind, and shutting them out is allows
for the ‘cleansing’ of the mind so that it may focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts.
Some practitioners even shut out all sensory input no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch and try to
detach themselves from the commotion around them. You may now focus on a deep, profound thought if
this is your goal. It may seem deafening at first, since we are all too accustomed to constantly hearing and
seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you will find yourself becoming more aware of everything
If you find the meditating positions you see on television threatening those with impossibly arched backs,
and painful-looking contortions you need not worry. The principle here is to be in a comfortable position
conducive to concentration. This may be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking.
If the position allows you to relax and focus then that would be a good starting point. While sitting or
standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight. In other positions, the only no-no is slouching
and falling asleep.
Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke
you up and make you feel tense. The place you perform meditation should have a soothing atmosphere.
It may be in your living room, or bedroom, or any place that you feel comfortable in. You might want an
exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions (if you feel more focused doing so, and
if the contortionist in you is screaming for release). You may want to have the place arranged so that it is
soothing to your senses.
Silence helps most people relax and meditate, so you may want a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing
of the phone or the humming of the washing machine. Pleasing scents also help in that regard, so stocking
up on aromatic candles isn’t such a bad idea either.
The monks you see on television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra.
This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystic value.
You do not need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as
breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a higher state of consciousness.
The principle here is focus. You could also try focusing on a certain object or thought, or even, while
keeping your eyes open, focus on a single sight. One sample routine would be to while in a meditative
state silently name every part of you body and focusing your consciousness on that part. While doing this
you should be aware of any tension on any part of your body. Mentally visualize releasing this tension. It
There are also many meditation CDs on the market that have been scientifically proven to alter your
brainwaves in such a way to help you achieve deep meditation. Find out more about these here:
Meditation CDs. In all, meditation is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort
(or non-effort remember we’re relaxing
Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiologic effects to the body. And there
has been a growing consensus in the medical community to further study the effects of such. So start now
in creating your health and well being…start meditating today!