Understanding the Essential Steps of Meditation

Understanding the Essential Steps of Meditation

Mastering the Art of Meditation - By Ashoo Pant

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Over time, meditation* has garnered significant recognition for its positive impact on stress, anxiety, and overall well-being. Just like any other practice, meditation follows specific guidelines to maximize its benefits. While these steps may seem rigid initially, they serve essential purposes.

Why choose a comfortable and quiet space for meditation?

Selecting a tranquil environment minimizes distractions, fostering focus and relaxation. By reducing interference from external frequency waves, we can resonate more easily with the meditative state, known as bliss.

Why maintain a straight spine?

Sitting with an erect spine in a comfortable pose on a cushion or mat is crucial for meditation. This posture promotes alertness and serves as a conduit for the flow of cosmic energy. Proper alignment facilitates connection with higher consciousness.

Why rest hands on knees in a relaxed manner?

Placing hands on knees allows for relaxation in the arms and shoulders, enabling meditation without discomfort.

Why close our eyes?

Closing our eyes diminishes external distractions, heightening awareness of our internal world. This action stimulates the pineal gland to produce melatonin, inducing a state of peace and calmness in the brain.

Why focus on breath or a mantra?

Concentrating on breath or a mantra helps maintain present moment awareness and induces relaxation by generating alpha waves in the brain. This focus acts as an anchor when the mind wanders, allowing us to observe thoughts and emotions without judgment.

Why wear a gentle smile while meditating?

Research suggests that smiling can elevate mood by increasing levels of dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin—the happiness hormones. Smiling also reduces cortisol, a stress hormone, resulting in an overall sense of happiness and contentment.

Be patient and persistent!

Consistency is key in meditation practice. Even short sessions can yield significant benefits over time. Embrace the process with determination and trust.

So, commit wholeheartedly, follow the steps diligently, and have faith in the journey!

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Ashoo Pant

She believes yoga is for everyone. It helps cultivate strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and inner peace. It’s our journey of self-discovery.