Meditation is the art of doing nothing. Which is why a lot of people think it's a sheer waste of time. But is it? Well, according to many ancient authorities on the subject, the very practice of doing nothing; is itself the most effective way to do and achieve much more? Perhaps it has something to do with the principle of less is more.
Meditation has a rich history in many cultures including India, China Japan and even North and South America. The technique of stilling the mind and deepening ones Self awareness has a rejuvenating effect on not only the mind but the body as well and these ancient traditions are rich in their descriptions of the tonic of meditation as a means of curing mental and bodily ailments alike. In India, the tradition has survived and now become very popular in the West through the great interest in Yoga which generally focuses more on the physically beneficial effects of the practice.
Through the technique of pranayama, or breath control, a relaxing state of mind and meditation can be achieved. There are several stages in the practice of meditation and generally include the following requirements
1. Bodily posture
2. Stillness and regulation of breath
3. Withdrawal of the senses from the outer objects
4. Attention to an object, ideal or image to the exclusion of
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5. Steadiness of attention for a sustained period 6. Deep unbroken meditation
7. Formless Bliss or Unconditional Awareness
The use of breath is a very important tool in steadying the wandering mind and can also be employed during normal waking activities to refocus attention. Each morning as the Sun rises, you can spend just a few minutes deeply and rhythmically breathing with full attention. Withdraw your mind from the outer world as you do this and experience an internal state of peace.
This exercise is best done facing east and can be the concluding part of your morning exercise routine if you have one. This enhances and harmonises your physical wellbeing as well. As you deepen and regulate breath with awareness, meditation simply happens
No real effort is required. Nor should you try to ;stop; the mind. Let it be and come to rest naturally. If you were to spend just 10 or 15 minutes daily practicing this breathing meditation you would experience a great change within yourself very soon. This is one of the least expensive ways to acquire your own portable sanctuary.
Good luck and Peace to you