The worries that confront us in our lives can obviously seem overwhelming at times. When you sometimes feel as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, you certainly feel like you’re near the breaking point. It is not the ideal situation to be in, with your thoughts and emotions being dominated by negativity. You certainly wouldn’t be able to become the productive individual that you need to be once that happens. An effective way to deal with it is needed, and many have turned to meditation to do just that. They have found that meditation, or specifically shamatha or mindfulness meditation, is the best answer they could find.
Practicing Mindfulness Meditation: The Considerations
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that is said to have been originated by Buddha himself, which means it goes back a couple of thousands years into the past. That it has continuously found favor in those who are looking for an effective way of meditating is a testament to how effective it has been. Its aim to help achieve a calmness and peacefulness of mind that is able to relieve stress and deal with it properly makes it very appealing. Before successfully doing it however, there are a few things to consider:
The environment where mindfulness meditation will be practiced needs to be picked carefully. You can’t just choose a place and get on with the meditation without some thought into it. You need a place that’s not noisy, with little to no chance of being disturbed and where you can finish your meditation properly. Distractions must be kept at a minimal, or totally eliminated.
Posture is very important in meditation you need to have the right one to make sure that your meditation would be a successful one. All the benefits that can be derived through meditating can only be enjoyed if you have the right posture. The idea here is to be erect, and remain upright through the duration of the process. Having the right posture also ensures that the practitioner remains awake and focused on the task at hand.
Breathing is very important in meditation, because it provides you with an anchor, allowing you to be more aware and also focus on being more aware of your inner self. Eventually, breathing properly will allow you to go through the meditation process without much difficulty.
The thoughts that we have during meditation can sometimes distract us, which is why we use our breathing to somehow anchor us to what we really need to do. Focusing on breathing and being calm and peaceful means that we need to block out disturbing and worrying thoughts that have nothing to do with the mindfulness meditation we are doing. That’s easier said than done however, especially for beginners. So whenever a different thought enters your mind, simply acknowledge it without focusing on it and then go back to your meditation.
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation: The Steps
• Select the place for your meditation.
• Using the correct posture, sit on the floor. With your back straight, and your hands folded and knees touching the ground, you re ready to start meditating.
• Your gaze should be focused on the space just a couple of inches from your face, and with that you may start breathing. Exhaling and inhaling slowly, doing it until you achieve a rhythm that will lead to your desired calmness and inner peace.
• Each session should last about ten minutes for beginners, then moving on to twenty minutes or more as you go on with the process. The sessions should be done as often as possible, everyday if you can fit it in your schedule.