“Meditation is the delicate art of doing nothing,” says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. So, how do you do nothing? Here are a few simple steps to follow as a beginner to meditation. As you become regular with the practice, you are sure to go deeper and deeper. So let's get started with these 10 tips for meditation.
- 2. Choose a quiet place – Just like a convenient hour, choose a place where you not likely to be disturbed. Quiet and peaceful surroundings can make the meditation experience more enjoyable and relaxing.
- 3. Sit comfortably – Your posture makes a difference too. Make sure you are relaxed, comfortable and steady. Sit straight with your spine erect; keep your shoulders and neck relaxed, and eyes closed throughout the process. That you have to sit in Padmasana (the lotus position) to meditate is a very common myth of meditation.
- 8. Turn on a guided meditation – As a beginner to the practice, it is a good idea to do a guided meditation. This will help you get started. As an example, start with this guided meditation by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. You only need to close your eyes, relax, follow the instructions as you hear them and just enjoy the experience. You can also choose from a list of other online-guided-meditation, according to what suits you best.
- 9. Open your eyes slowly and gently – As you come close to the end of the meditation, don't be in a hurry to open your eyes and start moving about. Open your eyes slowly and gradually and take time to become aware of yourself and your surroundings.
- 10. Experience the freshness and enjoy your day – Meditation is like an instant energy booster. A few minutes off your daily schedule to charge you up for the rest of the day. Take that time out and experience the wonders of meditation for yourself.