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Meditation Isn't As Hard As You Might Think

Some people wonder just how hard it is to meditate properly. The good news is that it's really not that difficult, and the benefits can be well worth the learning curve.

During meditation, your mind and body are in a state of conscious relaxation and focus. You will experience sharpened awareness of both your outer surroundings and your inner being.

There are many different ways to practice meditation. Fundamentally, however, the main beliefs are similar. The key to a successful meditation experience is to still your mind by flushing out negative thoughts and emotions through deep focus. Later, your thoughts will be less scattered and your actions more purposeful.

Picture it as spring cleaning of your inner self. Your harmful thoughts (think of your reaction to long line-ups, rude customer service representatives and your friend's new boat) are what "pollute" your mind. Meditation "cleanses" the mind, and lets you focus on the stuff that really matters.

The practice of meditation will work best in a calming environment. Pick the room in your house where you feel most comfortable. If there are others at home, pick a location where you can close the door and block out their noise. Turn the phone off, and make sure there are no loud appliances running, like the dishwasher.

Once meditating is part of your routine, you'll likely want some extras to enhance the experience. Calming meditation tapes, some aromatic candles and a meditation chair or pillow will help to set the stage.

You've probably seen the typical pictures of people meditating, twisted up like a pretzel with impeccable posture. You'll be relieved to know that this isn't at all necessary. The idea is to be comfortably positioned so you can focus on your meditation, not your screaming muscles. You can sit cross-legged with your back against the wall, you can lie down, stand up and even walk around.

However, you need to keep your back straight if you're sitting or standing. No slouching allowed, or you might just fall asleep. To help you be more comfortable in your preferred pose, you should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing so that you're not focusing on your circulation being cut off. You have more essential things to focus on.

Many practitioners of meditation incorporate a mantra into their routine. A mantra is a word or sound that is continuously repeated, and your full concentration should be on nothing but that sound. Pick a word or phrase that has meaning to you, or just a sound that feels good. Although not a necessary component of meditation, it does help you to focus on your breathing and can lead you to a higher state of consciousness.

The key to a successful meditation experience is focus. Choose an object in your mind or in your line of vision, and concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else. The same applies to a specific thought as well as to your mantra.

Try this easy meditation exercise to get you started. Settle yourself in your quite location. Close your eyes, and imagine each part of your body in order, either from the bottom up or top down. Wordlessly name each part as you concentrate on it and give it your complete attention. You'll notice right away if a particular location is tense or painful. In your mind, imagine the tension leaving your body. You'll be astonished and pleased by the results.

Meditation can help you clear your mind and help eliminate a lot of stress in your life. It may seem like simple breathing exercises and weird poses on a mat but it actually does work. Try it for yourself by clicking here for more meditation information.

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