A Yogi’s Wisdom On Mastering Meditation

Mastering meditation is no easy task, but nothing good comes easy. If you persevere with your practice and follow an intelligent approach to meditation however, the rewards are endless. Mastering the discipline will however take an equal amount of patience, but I hope that some of the insights I’ve gained through years of yoga practice will make the journey easier for you.

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Here are 5 simple tips that will help you become a master of meditation:

1. Sitting

“The lotus posture may be most conducive to meditation, but it won’t work if it causes you discomfort, which is why I don’t insist on it”

Yes, your posture is important, but even if you don’t focus on posture it can be hard to sit still doing nothing. Do some light stretches before you get seated and to begin, just start with 5 minutes of sitting. Find a posture that’s comfortable for you and a place to sit that you actually like. You can sit in a chair, on your heels, on a block, or cross legged (lotus position). The lotus posture may be most conducive to meditation, but it won’t work if it causes you discomfort, which is why I don’t insist on it.

2. Be Conscious Of Your Thoughts

“Once you realize that your mind, for want of a better phrase – has a mind of its own, you will actually begin to gain control over it and find peace”

Our minds are constantly wandering, following an incessant flurry of thoughts. While you need to clear your mind of all thoughts to find ‘inner peace’, that shouldn’t be your goal at the outset. Instead focus on your thoughts, keeping them on course, and focusing on your breathing. By focusing on these thoughts, you dissociate yourself from them, becoming an external observer. Once you realize that your mind, for want of a better phrase – has a mind of its own, you will actually begin to gain control over it and find peace. This obviously requires patience, so don’t try to rush it.

3. Amuse Yourself

“Our minds offer endless fascination, conjuring endless images of shapes, sceneries, and scenarios, not to mention those inane rambling imaginary conversations”

Some people fail at meditation simply because they lack patience and start to give in to boredom. The truth is, if you follow the point above there’s not much scope for boredom. Our minds offer endless fascination, conjuring endless images of shapes, sceneries, and scenarios, not to mention those inane rambling imaginary conversations. In the tranquility of this self introspection, you will eventually find freedom from all thoughts, suspended in a galaxy of nothingness. Yes, nothingness might sound boring, but that’s one thing it’s certainly not!

4. Make The Time To Meditate

“When it comes to meditation, remember that time is just an excuse of your ego to stop you from discovering your true self”

The lack of time is one of the commonest complaints I hear, and it’s the excuse most frequently used to avoid or give up meditation. No matter how much you try to stay ahead of time and beat it, there’s no catching up; when it comes to meditation, remember that time is just an excuse of your ego to stop you from discovering your true self.

5. Just Keep At It!

“To form a new habit you need to keep at it for at least 21 days, so that it becomes a part of your daily routine”

Take inspiration from Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo’ and just keep swimming. Go against the flow and strengthen your resolve. As I’ve mentioned, meditation isn’t easy and no good habit is. To form a new habit you need to keep at it for at least 21 days, so that it becomes a part of your daily routine. By the end of this period you’ll find that you love the practice so much that you’d sooner go a day without brushing your teeth, than without meditation!

If you follow these simple tips when practicing meditation you’ll find that mastering the art isn’t nearly as impossible as it seems. With meditation, you’ll also discover your true potential and find happiness in every area of your life.

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