Meditating for Beginners: Restoring Balance In Your Life Through Meditation
Can you seek balance, inner-peace and harmony in your life?
Harmonious living is something most of us strive towards yet in today's fast moving world it can be hard to obtain the right balance and be free from those negative emotions and thoughts.
To restore balance rather than become consumed by modern-day life it's vital that you take that much-needed time in the market to quietly reflect, time to concentrate on the little things which matter like friends and family.
Another prevalent problem I see is what I call "materialism", people become far to consumed by need and desire, not necessarily considering exactly how lucky they may be for which they may have, this by itself is a negative factor along with a vicious cycle.
So how do we restore balance for the body, mind and soul?
There are lots of practices and philosophies which will help you restore balance and harmony in your lifetime but among the most effective in my view is meditating.
Our external environment plays a substantial role in how you think, feel and even affects our emotions. Meditating helps you to remove yourself (mentally) from the external influences to help you control your thoughts and manage them more effectively.
Ways to get Started with Meditation
Lots of people think that meditating is tough and you have to have the guidance or intuition of the qualified instructor. Sure a few insights and lessons can benefit you greatly but you can get started with how to meditate easily by following a few simple steps.
Listed here are several key areas for meditating you should look at:
Environment: your environment is vital for meditating. Try to meditate within a quiet, comfortable environment with minimal distractions.
Breathing Exercises: practice deep breathing exercises whereby you consciously take control of your breathing taking slow, deep breathes. This is especially important when first understanding how to meditate as it well help clear your mind and relax your body.
Posture: it's vital that you remain comfortable but still during meditation. Find a comfortable posture that one could maintain for prolonged periods, sitting cross-legged, with your back straight works well.
* Use props such as a wall for your back or seated cushions to sit down on.
Imagery: to boost concentration use mental imagery whereby you hold the picture of the image in your head. If you struggle to hold the mental imagery then switch to a physical object and give it your full concentration.
Creative Visualization: You can use creative/ positive visualization to enhance your meditation experience if you're successful in reaching a deepened state of relaxation. Visualize you having achieved the things you desire to achieve in the present moment or just visualize items you associate with positive feelings.
Consistency: this really is key! Meditating is quite much a journey rather than a process and as with every skill worth learning the bottom line is consistency. Practice meditating on a regular basis for no less than a quarter-hour for optimum results.
Wrapping it up
Whist there is a lot more to meditating it is actually an exclusive journey which is best learned through experience. The main thing is consistency, allow just 15 minutes daily to meditate and if you're struggling to maintain concentration then apply the techniques discussed in this article, focus on your breathing and mental imagery.