Many people think that to start to meditate requires special talents such as the ability to concentrate their minds on emptiness but as today’s modern living causes us to rush around and become stressed out, many of us believe it is not possible to clear our minds of our troubles nor that we can afford the time to sit around doing seemingly nothing.
Meditation though requires no special skills or abilities and it can be achieved by anyone at any time and in any place and need only take a few moments. Those minutes that are spent meditating can be repaid many-fold by the relaxed and clear-headed results it provides. The benefits of meditation have now been recognized and accepted as being beneficial to a person’s peace of mind and general well-being and yet needs no special equipment, drugs or specialist training.
The meditation starts by taking a few deep breathes and concentrating on those breaths as you inhale, hold and then exhale. You then continue to breathe but make a choice as there are several methods which are used, all with known success. The first is to think of a two syllable word or phrase and think of the first syllable as you inhale and the second as you exhale. This concentrates the mind on the syllables and your breathing, taking it away from other things such as the worries you may have or how tired you feel.
The second method is similar but instead of thinking of a word or phrase, instead, you concentrate on the air you breathe. First, as you inhale you imagine that air going in and traveling down through your body and then, as you exhale, you think of the air traveling up through your body and finally being released. The second method, like the first, makes your mind concentrate on your breathing rather than anything which may be disturbing you and distracting your thoughts from more pleasant things.
Although this distraction of the mind may only last as long as the meditation period, it has been shown that the calm and stress-free feeling continues long after the meditation is over, leaving you more relaxed and calm than you were before the session. Some people opt to take further two or three-minute meditations throughout the day, maintaining their feeling of calmness.