Meditation, And 4 Misunderstandings About It
(with a meditation exercise at the end of the story)
Meditation has many advantages; it calms your mind, is good against stress, improves concentration, general health and well-being. Still, I notice that relatively few people do it. Also, when I talk about it, I notice that people often have the wrong image of meditation, which keeps them from starting.
Therefore, it seemed helpful to me to share my own experience of meditating for more than 20 years in the following points that address what I often hear about meditation.
How do you meditate?
There are many ways to meditate and it is a collective name for a mental exercise to focus attention and calm the mind. However, what the focus is on can differ, you can focus on the breath, or your experiences in the body to name two examples.
I myself use a meditation where I focus on a mantra [word sound] that calms my mind. Other techniques again focus on things outside ourselves, such as e.g. the sounds around you [mindfulness], a chant or a flame. I have also heard someone say that meditation was for him to retreat to nature. So there is enough choice in forms of meditation. Which gives you the opportunity to choose a form that suits you (Below this blog you will find a meditation exercise you can try).
Meditating requires a lot of concentration…and is difficult:
This is not right. In fact, concentrating a lot can be counterproductive. As some people says “When I started meditating, it is my best to keep getting a headache”. That is really not the intention. It’s about being aware and working with your attention, so it’s best not to force yourself to meditate pleasantly and well. Giving something attention is something else that you focus on something, giving attention goes naturally, concentrating is forced.
For meditation you have to rest and it is too busy in my head:
There are always thoughts, also during meditation, which is part of being human. That radio in your head never goes out. I have been meditating for a long time and I also think about my work and the messages during my meditation. The point is to be aware of it, and then go back to your focus of meditation (breathing, mantra, etc.). Meditating becomes easier the longer and more you do it because your brain gets used to it. In that respect it is just like everything you practice, it gradually gets better through practice. In the meantime, you do have the benefits of meditation. By the way, there are also breathing exercises that you can use to prepare for meditation that calm the mind, such as “Anulom-Valom” breathing.
Meditation is something oriental and mysterious ..
Ayuronics Ayurvedacharyas have noticed that meditation has a bit of mysterious meaning for a number of people. It is often seen as something oriental or something that only Buddhists are concerned with. It is true that it is much more normal in Asia and that there is a lot of emphasis in Buddhism and Hinduism, but meditation works for everyone. Meanwhile, there are also many meditation types that are adapted to a ‘Western / European’ audience, think e.g. to Mindfulness. This takes it out of the mysterious spheres.
I always fall asleep when I meditate, is that okay?
Meditation is a natural process and sometimes you come across things that are below the surface. You may also encounter a lot of fatigue that you have pushed away. If that happens then it is not a problem, you just come across what is going on at that moment. If you need that rest, just take it. If you have this often, we recommend setting an alarm clock for meditation so that you wake up a little on time. At some point, the fatigue will go away if you take enough rest. According to Ayuronics; if you meditate we advise you to do this while sitting, if you meditate lying down you are much more likely to go to sleep. And sleeping is not the same as meditating.
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How to do Meditation?
Meditation is an exercise that you can try yourself.
1. Sit up straight. That can be on a chair or on the couch.
If you find it comfortable to sit cross-legged or in the lotus position then you can do that.
Do not sit down, but keep the back and neck straight as much as possible. Place your feet flat on the floor.
2. Close your eyes. And try to relax.
3. Now focus your attention on your body. Try to feel your body. Global first. What do you experience inside? Are you calm, are you restless? Do you feel tension? Do you have aches?
4. Feel it and experience it. If you have thoughts about what you are feeling then that is okay try to accept that. It is like observing yourself as an outsider.
5. If that doesn’t work, don’t worry, accept that too. It’s not about doing it perfectly, it’s about experiencing it.
6. Now turn your attention to your stomach and chest. Feel your breathing going up and down. You don’t have to force anything, as it is, it is good.
7. Follow it up and down as if it were waves on the sea. Keep your attention on the movement of your abdomen and chest for about five minutes.
8. Turn your attention to your nose. Feel how the air enters your nose when you breathe in and how it exits your nose when you breathe out.
9. Do not force, let it move as it is breathing after breathing. You can also do this for five minutes.
10. That was meditation.