Meditation may be hard for a lot of beginners, and not only hard but also a stressful practice instead of being a positive thing. This will leave many of them doing researches into how they can improve their meditation practice, and that can sometimes just add to their confusion and stress.
These are the five main factors which distinguish lay practitioners from a true yogi:
1. The posture of the body.
Every single thing in meditation is connected. Our minds are connected to our energies, our energies are connected to our bodies, and so on, and each of the aspects of the existence of each individual may influence the impacts on each other. For instance, our mind’s state could influence our body posture, while our body posture may influence our mind’s state.
Learning how to regulate our body would be the primary tip we should know when we learn meditation practices. When we are able to regulate our body, we can regulate our mind too. With controlling our mind, we will progress more profoundly into our practice, as we start to have the ability to tame our thoughts easily.
This is also about understanding the most significant point that the states of our existence may influence each other. So, we have to learn to regulate our breathing so that we can gain a better practice. When we regulate our breathing, we regulate our body and mind, and our mind will become more settled, while our body will become less tense.
Abnormal breathing is the most beneficial breathing method; it is gentle but also profound breathing which is done through our nose, and our mouth being slightly open. If we cannot breathe using our nose for some medical reasons, then we can breathe through the mouth. However, nasal breathing is going to provide us with optimal results.
3. Regulating our mind.
Overcoming the “monkey mind” will be the best task for every person that meditates. The monkey mind is the mind which becomes scattered, and overactive, and which doesn’t look like it wants to be still.
In order to start taming our mind, we have to understand why this happens, during our everyday lives, and why we are constantly distracted from when we actually wake up unless we are asleep.
A lot of writers and teachers are going to suggest that meditation on objects such as looking at objects in order to settle and calm our mind will be helpful; however, when we think better about this, we can see that it prolongs the truth of being forced to face the thoughts in practice.
There won’t be a difference if we look at objects during meditation and doing some other everyday activities. This cannot even be said to be meditation. All that we do is sit down and breathe as in meditation; however, it isn’t any different from sitting down and watching TV. We don’t allow our mind actually to be in its natural form, but we simply block it.
In order to regulate our mind, we have to become conscious of the state of our mind, which can be both manifesting and empty simultaneously. For this technique of mind regulation, we should enter the state of one-pointedness, which is similar to the meditation upon an object.
The difference would be that if our mind is the object, we will look directly into the mind’s nature, which is the final goal of this practice. We should leave our mind to settle into the state of instant presence, without thinking about our past, future, or present. We should observe our condition every moment, with our eyes open or closed. We should not fixate our senses onto something external.
Then, we will also notice that our thoughts start manifesting, and we would like to switch our awareness onto our thoughts. We should observe them, and not follow them. When we do this properly, the thoughts are going to disappear, and we will experience emptiness. While the thoughts dissolve and arise, we can manifest emptiness, and soon, other thoughts are going to arise, and then disappear to emptiness.
The emptiness was said to be the space found between thoughts. Such emptiness will not be a reasonable distance for many people, as the emptiness’ length is going to grow larger, as we develop the practice, making everything easier in achieving emptiness. We just have to stay present, and also observe, in order to liberate our thoughts and even uncover the mind’s emptiness.
4. Patience and practice.
It is crucial to make some time in order to dedicate to our practice, and we will only be able to win when we are in it. The results will not happen without dedication. For most of us, this does not happen fast, so we have to take our time and be patient with ourselves, and also understand that practice’s quality is far more significant than the duration we spend while we develop the skill.
5. Final tip
With using the tips from above for our own development, we will gain the best possible results. Combining these tips into only one practice, and regulating our body into the seating position, and even regulation our breathing or searching for our mind, we will have a meditation practice which would be easy to learn, but which will also benefit every one of us that decides to learn it.
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