Would you like to start meditating and would you like to start in the best way? Great! Then this is the article for you 😉 Let’s start how to start meditating. Meditation in recent years has spread incredibly because it gives countless benefits to those who decide to practice it.
While on the one hand the diffusion is certainly positive, on the other it sometimes generates a lot of confusion. In fact I often find myself talking to people who practice meditation but, in my opinion, they don’t practice it correctly.
Meditation should open the mind and allow one to look inward, but this happens only if the practice is correct and constant. When this does not happen, the countless benefits so much hoped for are hardly visible.
To help you start doing meditation correctly I decided to write this guide.
If you take 5 minutes of your time to read it, you will discover all you need to know to start practicing meditation in the best way.
Enjoy the reading!
How to start meditating?
When you start doing meditation it is important that you choose a meditative position and keep it. The first few times you practice you can change to find the best position for your body, but once chosen it is important to keep it.
The pains will arise in any case, so it does not make sense to change the position each time and blame the posture for one’s internal pains.
It is preferable to accept and deal with everything that arises during the practice, including doloretti. If you are approaching this world, surely a meditation cushion or a stool can be useful for maintaining your position for longer.
Do not move
It is important to do everything possible not to move.
If you decide to practice 20 minutes, try to stay still the whole time. Probably discomfort, pain, desire to move etc will arise, but it is important to remain equal to all this.
Everything will go away as it came.
If you really can’t stand still, then it is preferable to move as little as possible. The important thing is that you don’t move all the time and that you change position slowly. Do your best and try to stand still but, if you really can’t, change position once or maximum and continue meditating until the bell rings.
Follow a specific technique
There are numerous meditation techniques that you can practice and all of them, like my yoga styles, have positive and other negative aspects.
Regardless of which technique you decide to practice, it is essential that you practice it for a long time and consistently. Many people move from one technique to another and this is not the best way to go deep into oneself.
If you need to make a hole in the ground to find water, do you think it is better to make a deep hole or make many small ones?
It is obvious that making many small holes will not allow you to reach the depth of the water. This also applies to meditation.
I advise you to choose a technique and to practice only that for a long time, without mixing it with others.
The various meditation techniques
Vipassana is a meditation technique that focuses primarily on breathing or body sensations in order to learn more about our mind and the laws of nature.
It is considered the essence of the Buddha’s teaching and is also considered a real way of life.
I have been practicing this technique for a long time and currently still practicing it. It helped me incredibly to look inward and grow as a person.
This term means awareness and it is what you get if you constantly practice this meditation technique.
The development of awareness leads the practitioner to live fully in the present moment, the only one that counts in the end.
Mindfulness also comes from Buddhist meditation and is very similar to Vipassana. The former however has a more scientific approach, while the latter is more spiritual.
This method is often used to solve common problems such as stress, anxiety, fear, addictions etc …
Walking meditation is a wonderful technique that can be used both when you are unable to sit for a long time and by those who prefer a moving meditation.
In this case, instead of concentrating the mind on breathing, on the sensations of the body or on another, we focus on the gesture of walking. The walk slows down as much as possible and remains focused on body movement.
If you want to learn more about this technique I invite you to read the following article: Meditation walk, how to do it and why it is good
This technique was spread by Osho, one of the most important spiritual leaders of the last century.
It ‘a unique method of its kind because, unlike the static meditations where you sit all the time, allows practitioners to move, to scream, to dance, to jump etc.
Because of its dynamism, it has become incredibly popular in the West.
If you are interested in this type of meditation I suggest you read this book of his that I found very interesting: Dynamic meditation, the art of inner ecstasy.
Meditation with mantra
Mantras are sacred syllables that form a core of spiritual energy and are used to calm the mind.
Usually in yoga classes they are used to open and close a lesson but can be recited for a long time. In this case they take on a more meditative aspect.
They can be both recited aloud, or whispered, and mentally recited.
The best known manta is Om , considered the mantra par excellence.
Meditation with mudra
The mudras instead are gestures that are made mainly with the hands, but not only, which represent some states or processes of the conscience.
When they are practiced we get in touch with these states that they represent.
Some of them, such as Chin and Gyana mudra , are particularly suitable for meditation practice as they calm the mind and allow it to concentrate more easily.
Zen (or zazen) meditation is of Japanese origin and, according to tradition, zazen was originally the posture of Shakyamuni Buddha, with which he achieved complete liberation.
This technique is based on the control of:
Constance and patience
Regardless of which technique you decide to practice, the most important thing is that you carry on the practice consistently.
Many practitioners start doing meditation with so much enthusiasm that after a short time it disappears and gives way to boredom, doubt and other obstacles typical of meditation.
It is important that you are aware of this and that you do not abandon the practice when the first difficulties begin to arise.
Working on yourself and disciplining the mind is the most difficult thing in the world and, if you really want to grow as a person and experience the benefits of meditation, you need to be patient and practice consistently.
Patience and constancy should always be in the mind of a meditator.
Follow a master
Practicing meditation at home independently is among the best things you can do in your life, but you should also follow a teacher who can help you understand the mistakes you are making.
The truth is that everyone, when they begin to meditate, is blind and unaware of many things that happen within them.
It is what in Sanskrit is called Avidya, that is spiritual ignorance, not knowledge, unawareness.
To fight Avidya the help of an experienced master is essential. Otherwise, you risk continuing to make the same mistakes for a long time.