Meditation is an ancient wellness practise that focuses on training our mind, being aware of ourselves and having compassion for everyone. Meditation reduces stress, anxiety, improve focus and concentration and helps us to stay calm and relaxed. Reyna Vashishtha,
an expert in Meditation and Hatha Yoga discusses the Dos and Don’ts of Meditation.
When we meditate, we connect with ourselves. It helps us get away from the daily humdrum for a while. Ideally, we should meditate in a quiet space in the house, where nobody will disturb us. A designated space for our daily practice of meditation, helps us to train our mind better to do meditation and brings the focus back to ourselves.
For beginners, we should fix the timings of upto 40 minutes for meditation everyday in the morning. Ideally, morning is the right time for meditation since our mind is likely to be less distracted and we can connect with nature too.
We should be mindful of our posture while meditating
Our posture during meditation is very important. Our spine should be erect and our body should be relaxed. The saints and Yogis who used to meditate in the caves or on the mountain tops were always cautious about their posture while meditating. Our spine connects the sacral chakra and our neck. Through meditation, our chakras start opening up. The energy moves from our lower chakras to the higher chakras. If our spine is not erect, our mind is likely to get diverted with unnecessary thoughts. It is very important to discipline ourselves and our mind.
Don’t practice meditation in public places
Beginners should not practice meditation in public places, parks, at the seashore while commuting in buses, trains etc, since we are surrounded by many people. Every person has a different aura and vibrates on a different energetic frequency and their energy may influence our energy. We are also likely to get distracted due to noise from vehicles and people chatting around us in public places, when we are not accustomed to meditating regularly.
We should not meditate immediately after meals since we are likely to feel sleepy and lethargic and we may want to take a nap after a meal. So, we will not be able to focus on meditation.