How to meditate

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How to meditateEmotions are the easiest way to re-establish contact with our body. If we develop the habit of feeling the emotions in our body, we are also starting to focus in the vast consciousness that we really are. Meditation equally as emotion is about the kinesthetic sense. However, meditation goes deeper because we focus exclusively on it for at least 15 minutes.

In general terms, meditation is about feeling all the parts of the body, releasing any tension we might have and giving all our attention to our inner self. It is equally important to give unconditional attention to the way we breathe, as it can always be felt within the body and is one of the main techniques used to maintain our attention in the present moment.

The main idea behind meditation is to withdraw attention from the compulsive thoughts and re-direct it mainly to the kinesthetic sense, so with practice, by “feeling” what is happening in the body, we regain contact with our inner self, being able to stay in the present moment (or out of the conflict between the past and future created by the mind).

When we are meditating, we are also aware of what is happening around us, including the auditory and olfactory senses, but as I said before, the main focus is always going to be the kinesthetic sense.

Now it’s time to try an easy meditation exercise. It is recommended to practice at least fifteen minutes twice a day in a calmed place, where you cannot be disturbed by external noise. If you haven’t tried any meditation technique before, you can start sitting on a chair, but avoid leaning back. Keeping the spine straight and erect will help you to be more alert an also prevent you from falling asleep.

Then close your eyes and give your total attention to the body and release any tension. Now, try to breathe in and out as slowly and quietly as possible. If possible too, leave a short pause between the end of the inhalation and the beginning of your exhalation. Also be aware of any smell and sound that may be present in the room.

Focus on this for at least fifteen minutes or the amount of time that feels comfortable for you, letting the movement of your breathe guide you through the whole process. If thoughts come to your mind, don’t fight against them; just give your attention back to your body, its sensations and your breath. Remember, meditation is not about controlling thoughts or the mind; it is about “feeling” the body, gradually this will allow you to feel your inner energy field within.

In certain way, we can say that the aim of meditation is to free ourselves from thoughts, but definitely don’t focus in the mind to meditate because the mind is not necessary.

After the first five minutes, you will notice the body and mind starting to calm down and becoming more alert and sensitive. That is the indication that you are on the right path. With more practice, you will be more aware of the space between thoughts and an increasing feeling of peace that never leaves you, no matter what you are doing.

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