How to Meditate: A Simple 10-Step Guide for those Seeking Spirituality
Spirituality is an endless term. People often confuse the two terms spirituality and religion, but there is a major difference between being spiritual and being religious. While being religious means following and adhering to the rules and regulations made by people following a particular culture, being spiritual means adhering to only one rule – being yourself. Being religious means understanding the subject that a particular community is following; on the other hand, being spiritual means understanding yourself. The most wonderful thing about being spiritual is that you understand everything and everyone around you when you are on the journey to understand yourself. All you need to do is learn how to meditate.
What is meditation?
There are dictionaries, Google, Bing and other such sources that can help you define the term meditation, but unless you seek the answer from yourself, you remain unsatisfied with any answer. Meditation is not just about closing your eyes, sitting with your legs crossed, breathing in and out and focusing on the inner you; it is about understanding how to control every single thing that you are made of. In the world of spirituality, your body is made up of seven Chakras. All the organs in your body are controlled by these Chakras. As you improve your focus, awaken, align, balance and master each one of your Chakras, you begin healing all the health and mind related issues you have in your body. Learning how to meditate is essential if you want to attain spiritualism and diminish in the White Light.
Most of the people think meditation makes their life easier; the truth is that meditation makes them less complicated. The process is miraculous not because it kicks off all the problems you are going through in your life, but because it gives you enough strength and clarity to tackle every single problem in a subtle and stronger way. With the help of meditation, you become wiser, clearer and simpler. Rabindranath Tagore once wrote, “it is very simple to be happy, but very difficult to be simple.” Altering his beautiful words, I usually say, “it is very simple to be difficult, but very difficult to be simple.”
A few days ago, I received an email. His initials are S. B. He said that no matter how hard he tries, he is just not able to concentrate after two (or maximum three) minutes when he meditates. He wanted me to help him with how to meditate. I know this should have been the first article in this blog, but I couldn’t help concentrating on my experiences and thus, never wrote on how to meditate.
In order to help the beginners, who wish to learn the art of meditation, I am here to write on how to meditate. But before you begin with meditation, here are a few things you must remember:
* Meditation is not a dangerous thing. Do not let anyone make you think otherwise. It is the most spiritual and wonderful thing you would ever do in your entire life.
* The process doesn’t solve your problems; it makes you clearer in life and thus, you gain enough strength to solve you own problems in an effective way.
* Meditation brings you closer to yourself. Thus, anti-social elements are bound to take place in you. However, you don’t become a loner, unless you choose to be one.
* The healing process of meditation heals you from within, but you should continue with the medicines you are on. Never stop the intake of your medicines just because you think meditation will treat your health problems.
* Meditation drains you from within, as a lot of your energies are used when you start opening your Chakras. It is essential for you to eat well, drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated.
* The process of meditation takes time; if you don’t feel anything for a few days, don’t be afraid; that’s completely alright. Just because you don’t feel the vibration or frequency or energy around you doesn’t mean your efforts are going in vain; it simply means your internal cleansing has begun.
* While meditating, different people have different experiences. Never be afraid of what you experience.
Here is a ten-step guide on how to meditate for beginners:
1) The first and the most important thing that you have to do is find a good room where you won’t be disturbed. Settle in the room. Ensure the fragrance is good so that you are in the right mood to meditate.
2) Place a few candles and dim the lights in the room. Make sure you are happy with the lights in the room you are planning to meditate.
3) Choose your position to meditate, but ensure your backbone is straight and sturdy.
4) Now close your eyes. Don’t think of not thinking anything; the harder you try to kick off the thoughts, the difficult it becomes for you to stay calm.
5) Try not to make any sudden moves. If you feel like itching your nose, ears, feet, etc., pay no attention to the same.
6) After scanning all the thoughts and being disturbed by the surrounding noises, bring your focus inward.
7) Now concentrate on your breath. Breathe in deeply through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. You can relax more by inhaling deeply through your nose, holding your breath for 7 seconds and then exhaling in the speed of 8 seconds.
8) Repeat the above breathing process and start focusing on the energies in your body.
9) Try finding where your Chakras are; the best way to do this is by beginning with the discovery of your Root Chakra.
10) When you think you are done meditating for the day, bring yourself back into the room. Feel your arms, legs and body as a whole. Move your fingers slowly before opening your eyes.
Meditation is a blessing. Keep practicing the art to learn it and reap the benefits of meditation. I don’t think anyone has ever been able to master the art; however one does keep improving and learning this art in a better way.
Love and Light.