Meditation is necessary; as some questions cannot be answered by Google…
What is meditation?
To, think deeply about a subject or question over a period of time. Later, the habit of meditation becomes the basis for all real knowledge.
Spiritual Definition of meditation:
Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on spiritual matters, subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature or philosophy is known as meditation.
In lay man terms: Meditation is being thoughtful about spiritual matters; both religious and philosophical.
Benefits of Meditation:
- Calm and composed the mind
- Eliminates stress and gives relaxation
- Align ‘conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious’ mind
- Enhance memory
- Slows down aging
- Boost happiness
- Heightens self-awareness
- Works effectively on concentration power
- Essential for healthy lifestyle and immune system
- One learns the art of acceptance, simplicity, let go, and hold on
There, are thousand benefits for practicing meditation; but people often confuse with ~ how to start, when to start, where to do and what to do…
Meditation is practiced world-wide; and there are different forms of practicing meditation around the globe. The postures of meditation have evolved with different practice, branches, forms, culture, and needs.
But, strangely despite different postures of meditation are in practice, yet all postures have something strikingly similar. If for an instance, one photographs people meditating around the world, the conclusion will be all the meditation postures will look almost same.
Reason: The simple reason lies in its fundamentals, concepts, and basic elements of meditation and postures; which are same and universal.
Therefore, one should be first free of prejudice; only then start practicing meditation.
Do, you wonder! Are you confused; whether it’s right posture or not? Is it right place or not?
Let’s look into the universal meditation postures…
The first point starts from how you sit, while doing meditation. There are six sitting methods for practicing meditation.
- Quarter Lotus: The simple, effective, and best sitting posture for meditation. The ideal posture, ask you to sit with your legs loosely crossed and both feet resting below the opposite thigh.
- The Half Lotus: Often people, who have problem in the beginning to sit in ‘Quarter Lotus’, should opt for ‘The Half Lotus’ position. It’s a modification of ‘Quarter Lotus’ and is recommended for you, only when you find it difficult to start while siting with both legs crossed.
You just need to cross right leg, and place it over the top of opposite thigh. The left leg can rest below the crossed leg.
- Full Lotus: This meditation posture is for experts; at the beginning this posture may be intimidating and seems to be painful. Your legs are tightly crossed; both feet should be placed over the top of opposite thighs. The posture should resemble ‘Lotus Pose’ often known as ‘Padma Sana’.
- The Burmese Position: For all those, who finds sitting with legs crossed difficult, ‘The Burmese Position’ is recommended. It’s easy, relaxing, and quick to start. You should sit with both feet lying on the floor in ‘Sukhasana’; also known as ‘Easy Pose’.
- Seiza: One of the healthiest meditations sitting posture is derived from ‘Virasana and Vajrasana’. The ‘Hero Pose and Thunderbolt Pose’; one can kneel in ‘Seiza posture’ and easily position cushion between your legs.
- Chair: Finally, meditation can also be done sitting in a chair; if you’re unable to follow the above sitting method. You just need to sit straight; your knees, hips and feet should be aligned with firmness.
This is how you should start meditation. The when and what will be answered in our next release about meditation postures.
Also meditation can be sone amywhere. It needs your attention and awareness.