This picture was quite inspiring to me...look at its detail orientation. Look at it very carefully and even concentrate on its center...you can even enlarge this or go to the link under it to learn more about it. I encourage those whom are new at learning to acquire a meditative state to use this picture or something similar to let your mind carry you away.
What Do You Picture When You Think Of Meditation?
Maybe the idea you have is simply someone bowing their head, legs crossed, and holding their arms out with their fingers drawn together laying on their knees? Well, that's not exactly what I do; however, does work for some and maybe you as well.
I’m VERY EXCITIED to share with you how I am successfully able to conquer my “state of being”. It has taken me many years to achieve with trial and error and LOTS OF PRACTICE…you know what they say, “practice makes perfect”…it’s very true in this instance. Please remain patient and be sure to embrace all elements with being at one with your body and mind each and every time you practice meditation. Know that you WILL be able to discover techniques that work for you and don’t lose hope...you WILL succeed and need to continue reminding yourself of this every chance you get.
Please remember that I am merely sharing with readers how I do this and advice that has worked for me. The rest will be up to you, but know that I am here should you have questions or concerns while trying this on your own.
Meditation Technique I Use – “My Medi-Step Guide”
After you have discovered a relaxing area to practice then you need to learn how to use your breathing to your advantage. Make sure to not get frustrated if you're not able to do this for a while; it can take people years to master meditation and can be quit frustrating for most beginners, so please keep on it and you'll begin to notice the positive change it has on yourself.
I recommend stretching out your body before starting to practice. Each part of your body will be more relaxed, loosened, and able to then surrender to your concentration.
Sit down in a way that you know you can focus, be comfortable and most importantly, humbled by your surroundings.
Start by relaxing each body part one-by-one from your toes to the top of your head. Visualize each body part, while physically calming each part as well. At this point you will be slowing letting go in order to relax and become more limp, yet comfortable. This will then let your body be within a more passive state. Imagine your mind and body as “one” as this portion of preparation.
Positioning your body is one of the hardest things to achieve. Step 3 will help to overcome this physical battle, along with the stretching exercise from Step 1. Find a position that works best and may only be found after several practice sessions. Only you will know when you feel the most at ease within your mind and body’s idiosyncrasies.
Once you are more comfortable and your body and mind are completely relaxed, you can do one of two things.
#1: You can have your eyes open and simply concentrate on a candle, picture, or something else that you find can help you focus without becoming distracted.
#2: You can close your eyes and simply concentrate on relaxing in general or your breathing, which brings me to Step 6.
The best way that I am able to get to my meditative state is to CONCERTRATE
ONLY on breathing, slowing, in and out. I only focus on exhaling and inhaling, while breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth. I also focus on my stomach and chest going up and down with each contraction from each breath with my body. This is the main point when I am able to meditate and become within my state of complete being with myself.
When I was first learning how to meditate someone had told me to be thankful once you finish with you meditation, whether you achieved the level you wanted to reach or not. You must learn how to appreciate the entire experience you had. Be fully gracious from the time your body and mind spent together as one for those moments.
Check Out Other Related Posts:
“Meditation Helpful Links” and “Meditation Top 5 Questions”.
Below, I have also added some Meditation CD's I think would be great to use for either beginners or for those wanting to have something to generally be able to be soothed or calmed from..check them out:)
Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace: A Guided Imagery Meditation for Physical & Spiritual Wellness
Yoga Nidra Meditation CD: Extreme Relaxation of Conscious Deep Sleep
Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love