Meditation Guide for Novice Practitioners
When we hear the word “meditation”, us Singaporeans often think of chanting, clouds of incense, and monks. Nonetheless, meditation isn’t all about that. It is a way, or a process, of silencing our thoughts for a while and just feeling the present. Doing short periods of meditation exercises is actually beneficial for almost everyone. So if you’re planning on enrolling in a meditation class, here are seven ways on how you can get the most out of the routine.
1. Learn to sit up straight. One of the most important thing that beginners should know is to learn how to sit up straight. There’s no need for you to perform complicated poses like that in yoga just to mediate. In fact, the most common position for this routine is sitting straight and cross-legged on the sofa, or on the floor, with your head looking straight forward.
2. Gradually relax your entire body. Start relaxing by closing your eyes, then work your way to each part of your body. Begin with your toes and feet, and work your way up until you have already relaxed your neck, face and eyes too.
3. Concentrate on your breathing. Another important tip so that beginners can properly enjoy meditation is to focus on their breathing. Breathe deeply, and fill your lungs with each breath you take. Feel how the air quietly flows in and out of your body to keep yourself relaxed and calm. Professional practitioners of meditation in Singapore recommends counting your every breath to keep you focused on meditating.
4. Be still and silent. By being still, calm and silent, you will start to develop an awareness to your surroundings as well as the noises around you. But just be aware of it and don’t react.
5. Rest your mind on one thing. Meditating will become a lot easier if you rest your mind on a particular thing to keep it from wandering around. This thing can be an object, a soothing music, or your own breathing – which is the reason why you’ll hear people who meditate through humming or chanting.
6. Calm your mind. Now that you’ve focused enough and have relaxed your body, the next thing that you should do is calm your mind. This means completely ignoring all the worries and thoughts that are on your mind. Gently push these thoughts aside to clear your mind and have a more fruitful meditation.
7. Practice meditation every day. Coming up with a meditation schedule is a good way to ensure that you get to perform the routine daily. It might feel strange at first, but you’ll see how useful it can be as you continue practicing it. Setting a couple of minutes a day is already enough to get used to meditating.
Meditation can be a good routine to live by. So if you want to ease out your stress at work or at home, don’t hesitate to practice this routine. Use the aforementioned tips to get the most out of your meditation practice.