If you’ve read my book Inhuman, you’ll know that meditation is step one to helping yourself down your spiritual journey. There are several different forms of meditation that you probably do everyday, but don’t even realize it.
- Listening to music
- Writing in a journal
- Going for a walk
- Sun bathing on the beach
You get the idea. There’s many different forms, and no one way is the “true right way”. Your form of meditation that works for you is the right way. Meditation is suppose to be an activity that helps to calm and relax you. I’m going to give you some step-by-step instruction on one form of meditation that’s one of my favorites.
I like to lay down when I meditate more than I like to sit up with my legs crossed. It hurts my knees after a while, and when I’m in meditation mode, I don’t like to be disturbed by body pains.
- Getting comfortable: You can lay down sit up or even stand! Whatever floats your boat and finds your lost remote, right? Wear loose clothing because nothing sucks more than getting interrupted by some belt buckle pinching your skin or some tight, skinny jeans starting to get uncomfortable. Put a blanket over you if you get cold easily or put on a fan if you overheat easily. Get yourself as comfortable as possible in a quiet area.
- Breathing exercises: I take deep slow breathes in and out of my nose or mouth. It doesn’t matter, whichever you’re most comfortable with works. Whenever you breathe in or out, hold it for two to three seconds. This helps with calming your heart rate, and getting your body into a more relaxed state. I don’t want to put a time limit on when you should stop doing breathing exercises because every soul and body is different. You can do it for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or even an hour! Just make sure you’re in a relaxed state before you move on to the next step.
- Clear your mind: Now this may seem like a hard concept to grasp, but stay with me. Keep your mind blank. Wipe out any worries or thoughts you have in your head. Don’t think about what you should be cooking for dinner or what you’re going to wear to school tomorrow. Just leave it blank. What helps me is imagining just blackness. There’s nothing in my mind but a black abyss. I usually don’t stay on this step very long because it can get challenging. Once I conquered a blank mind, I move on to the next step.
- Recognition: Start thinking about how your body feels at this state. Recognize how relaxed everything is. This step is also good with making sure you’re not tensed up anywhere on the body. Make sure your toes are not clenched, and your face is relaxed. This step helps for you to recognize what your body feels like in meditation mode. I usually go back to breathing exercises again.
That’s all there really is to it. You can stay there in that peaceful state for as long as you want. It’s easy to get frustrated when you first start to meditate, but if you keep trying you’ll get there. Don’t give up! Meditation is suppose to be a fun and relaxing experience. Not an obstacle that needs to be conquered. I usually meditate to help relieve stress or to channel. Next time, we’ll look into what awesome activities you can start to dive into through meditation.
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