Meditation is a science. However, many people do not know how to meditate or what it is about this science that makes it so effective. To become more aware and to learn how to meditate effectively, you need to learn to relax first.
If you are finding the techniques you are using to be difficult to learn, then the wrong techniques will not be effective. In order to feel the effects of meditation, you must learn to relax your mind first. Therefore, the first step in learning how to meditate is to learn to relax.
Relaxing is about taking control of your mind. When your mind is not able to concentrate on the things you need to think about, you get stressed and worried. Relaxing means taking control of your mind and allowing it to become still, quiet, and peaceful.
The first relaxation technique you should learn when learning to meditate is the power of repetition. When you are attempting to learn how to meditate you should repeat some things in your mind. Repeating thoughts will help you relax and calm your mind.
You may want to repeat in your mind for a few minutes a mantra such as: “The moment I see the sunrise the moment I see the sunset from the moment I hear the ocean…” Repeat this mantra several times. This helps you to focus your mind on the sunrise and sunset.
Another relaxation technique is the “chair meditation”. For this technique, you sit comfortably in a chair and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe in and breathe out slowly. As you breathe in, your mind relaxes by stopping all thoughts.
As you breathe in, imagine that you are putting something into your conscious mind. Close your eyes and begin to picture the object or subject of your meditation. Picture the object or subject slowly as you hold the image in your conscious mind.
After you have reached your peak of meditative state, you must then let go of the image. In order to break the image, you may want to push the conscious image away with your attention or your hand. Just imagine that you are an escapee from the image and begin to relax.
Once you have successfully completed this meditation session, you can now start to practice this meditation in other areas of your life. For example, while in the garden you can begin to practice “mindfulness meditation” where you are fully aware of your surroundings.
You may find yourself meditating when driving or in other everyday situations. In order to master the art of meditation, you must become more aware of how your mind works and how you can control it. This is a skill that cannot be learned in one day but must be mastered and practiced over time.
Meditation techniques such as relaxation and visualization can be used in many different types of meditation sessions. They can be used in combination to achieve the best results.