A Beginners Guide to Meditation – The Art of Relaxation

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If you think yourself nodding enthusiastically, then this beginners guide to meditation might just be for you. This is one method of beginning, a method anyone can take advantage of to feel more calm, capable, and in control. Interested? Then here’s how: we’ll start talking about a basic yet necessary stance. And by the time we’re done, you’ll have a better idea how this can help you lead a happier and calmer life.


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Before anything else, let’s talk about posture. In the West, many people view sitting as something quite uncomfortable. This may have been true in the past, but it isn’t true now. Sitting with your back straight up and your shoulders back, you should be able to comfortably meditate. This helps you stay aware of the present moment.

Now that we’ve established the correct posture, let’s discuss breathing. Breathing is an underrated part of meditation. While you may think this is easy, it really is one of the most important elements of meditation. The right breathing technique is key to bringing more consciousness and relaxation into your sessions. The best way to practice deep breathing is through the use of mindfulness.

Being In A Dark Room

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Mindfulness doesn’t necessarily mean being in a dark room. While you can do a lot of things in the silence, the only thing that really matters is paying attention. Paying attention means being fully present every time you do this. This can be done through the act of jhana, which means to sit quietly and contemplate.

Practicing Jhana

Practicing jhana requires you to become mindful of a very small number of things. You can practice this while you are sitting, lying down, or even while you are walking, but the best way to get into the habit of mindfulness is to meditate every time you get the opportunity. For many people, this is not a big challenge because they are already so present with other activities, but for those who are new to meditation, it can be very difficult to maintain this state of awareness for any length of time. That is why most people recommend doing a guided meditation instead.

Guided meditation requires you to let go of some of your worries and concerns in order to access concentration. The goal of guided meditation is to let go so you can experience a state of oneness. There are actually a couple of different ways to achieve this, and you will need to experiment and figure out which method works best for you:

Final Words

Another great meditation method for beginners is to focus on your breathing patterns. Breathing techniques are usually taught in classes but you can easily learn them by simply focusing on your breath all the time. It does not matter what you focus on, as long as you keep it mindful. When you notice that your mind has gone somewhere, you can go back to focusing on your breath.

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