Here is all that you wanted to know about meditation but didn’t know whom to ask
By Nikita Jhanglani
The word meditation is bandied about so much that we often feel EVERYONE knows everything about meditating. But wait! We have had many requests to start at the very beginning. So, we’ve got a quick back-to-basics meditation “cheat sheet”. Veteran yogis or curious newbies will all find something here.
Scroll down and dive right in:
When should one meditate?
Anytime, anywhere. Really. There is no ‘correct’ time to meditate. Anytime you feel the need, go for it. Just make sure you’ll have ‘undisturbed time’ without vegetable vendors, courier folks and sundry other doorbell-ringers creating distractions.
How should one sit to meditate?
In a comfortable position. If that means sitting on a chair, so be it. Your body needs to be relaxed to fully support you when you meditate.
Sit with your hands clasped and feet crossed. This posture forms an energy circuit when you meditate. If you’re sitting on the floor or on the bed, you can meditate in the sukhasana pose.
How should one meditate?
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing: the inhalation and the exhalation. Just observe it. That’s it.
Your head will get filled with a thousand different thoughts. But every time that happens, simply bring your focus back to your breath.
Here’s an interesting fact: This technique, discovered by Gautam Buddha, is called Anapanasati (ana: inhaling; pana: exhaling; sati: mindfulness). Buddha taught that becoming mindful of the way one breathes significantly helps to empty the mind of thoughts.
Who can meditate?
Anyone and everyone.
Can children meditate?
Yes, they can. Children below 3 years of age are mostly in a mindful state that is free from thoughts. For kids older than this, just 5 minutes of meditation is enough. Using guided imagery meditation works beautifully for children. Have you tried this meditation for kids?
As one grows older the mind gets filled with more and more thoughts and so the time varies from person to person.
For how long should one meditate?
Meditation duration (in minutes) = your age (in years).
Do it in one sitting to get the best benefits.
What does one feel during meditation?
Meditation is a very personal experience. Different people are known to experience different things and emotions when they meditate. Some feel happy, lighter; some see a light or even colours.
Some are also known to experience headaches. But this is merely an indication that you are paying more attention to your thoughts, which increases the body temperature, causing a headache.
Does meditation help to manifest things into reality?
Yes. Meditation gives power to your intention. A modification to the Anapanasati technique is setting an intention (visualizing something you want to manifest) just before you start meditating.
How do you learn more about meditation?
Meditation is not just a technique. It is a way of life. The more you practice it, the more calmness and fortitude you will experience, besides many other benefits. An urge to have a deeper knowledge will rise within you. Reading will help. Anapanasati, a book written by Brahmarshi Patriji, who has spread the message of meditation extensively in India and the world through the Pyramid Spiritual Society Movement, gives a beautiful, easy to understand information about meditation. Patriji also advises the seeker to begin her search by reading “Autobiography of a Yogi”.
Did that answer your questions? Yes? Great! If this inspires you to explore more, then check out our YouTube page for more guided meditations. Or better here sign up to get the latest updates for a meditation event near you today http://beta.thriive.in/thriive-events.
We thank Mr. Raghavendra for providing his inputs for this article. Mr. Raghavendra is a software engineer from Bangalore and on weekends he teaches meditation to the visitors at the Pyramid Valley International as part of his voluntary service.
Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.