Before starting a meditation practice, there are a few things to keep in mind. Hunger can act as a distraction, so be sure to eat beforehand and allow time to digest. Depending on the length of the practice, be sure to warm up ahead of time as well. Perform a few simple yoga poses to keep the body flexible and to prime your mental state. Poses such as cat-cow or seated side bends are great for limbering up the body while poses such as mountain pose or child’s pose help the mind to be grounded and centered.
How to Practice Meditation
- Get situated in a manner that . For some, this could mean sitting, and for others, walking.
- Get comfortable. One of the key points to meditation is the elimination of distractions and there’s nothing more distracting than physical discomfort.
- Breath control is incredibly important. Having proper breath control not only helps the body to relax and ensures adequate oxygen intake but it also provides something to focus on. As with any yoga practice, breathe deep and slow, controlling the breath down into the body.
- Maintain focus. It is key to clear the mind of distractions, both external and internal. Maintain a position with minimal external stimuli. Some choose to mediate in nature due to the lack of surrounding distractions. Practicing meditation in the morning is commonly done since many find that the demands of the day are less likely to act as distractions.
- Set up the body in a manner that allows for the mind to be in optimal condition. Maintain proper posture in the spine, create a clear sense of grounding through your base, actively relax neck muscles and drop the shoulders.
- Do not set a goal. Allow the mind to remain free and untethered.
After you Finish
Upon exiting a session, there are a few things to should keep in mind in order to maximize the effects of meditation. In regards to physical action, one should come out of meditation steadily and with intent. Allow the eyes to open slowly and avoid making any sudden movements on exiting your meditative pose of choice. Take deep breaths and allow time to feel out and adjust to the condition of the body. More importantly, maintain the correct mindset upon exiting meditation. Keep a sense of introspection and allow the mind to review any inspirations or understandings acquired from the practice. Do not forget to towards one‘s self for taking the time to meditate.