Posted: Sunday, December 05th, 2010 | Posted by: vijay sj | Views: 15305
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What is Meditation?
There are various explanations that try to define meditation. In essence it is a technique used to 'still' the mind. All the techniques agree on the common idea that the goal of Meditation is to attain a state of 'Bliss' or higher consciousness.

How to Meditate?
Meditation does NOT require any 'doing'. Just remain silent and Meditation will HAPPEN. Whenever convenient, remain consciously 'silent'.

Do not let WORDS and CONCEPTS interfere with your Meditation.

Meditation Essentials
TIME - One should NOT be in a hurry. You should be ready to ignore time. Anytime is 'right' time. There is NO frequency or duration. Just let go!

ATTITUDE - You cannot make Meditation a 'goal'. You should not look to a reward for your efforts. There should be NO feeling of 'effort'.

PLACE - Anywhere is OK as long as you do not feel uncomfortable or disturbed. You could be in a crowded place or in an empty room. The 'real' place is your mind. Physical places such as beach, mountain, garden, open terrace, etc are definitely helpful.

ACTION - Just be quiet. Do NOT force your body or mind to perform any action. All you need to do is 'breathe' normally and be silent.

These are the most commonly used postures for meditation. One should feel comfortable, yet not too loose limbed that you tend to fall asleep. Keeping awake is necessary.

Seated posture
You can use any chair or stool; sit up, with back straight, and hold your head and spine in alignment.  Rest your hands comfortably on the knees or arms of the chair. Their thighs should be parallel to the floor while your back does not lean against the back of the chair.

Cross legged posture
Sit crossing your legs on the floor (and on a cushion, if it is more comfortable) and if skilled at yoga you could rest feet on their thighs in Padmasana posture. You must sit upright, back straight, and with head and spine in alignment. Hands may rest on thighs or if in Padmasana you could use any of the various Mudras (finger positions).

Lying down posture
This is the shavasna, or the corpse posture in yoga. You should lie down on a carpet, and make sure legs are straight but relaxed. Normally, it is seldom used because it mimics natural sleeping postures, making it very easy to fall asleep while trying to meditate. It is often regarded as more effective as a stress reducer rather than in the meditation process. It is used in Yoga Nidra.

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