a place where you can sit calmly without any
disturbance. Choose any posture in which you can sit
comfortably for a long period, with your hands resting on
your knees. Sitting up and keeping a straight back is
usually best so the flow of energy is not disrupted. At
first it seems like a lot of effort when trying to relax,
but keeping your back straight actually places less stress
on your spine and allows all your internal organs to align
in their correct positions, as opposed to sitting ‘hunched
up'. This will become more comfortable as you get into
your meditation. It just takes a bit of getting used to.
But if you do find sitting up just too uncomfortable then
you can try laying down flat. Just be aware that, in this
position, you are very likely to fall asleep and fail in
eyes may be open or closed – different disciplines of
meditation (e.g. Raja Yoga meditation, Zen meditation, etc.)
encourage one or the other but it is best if you try both
and choose whichever you prefer. One of the most effective
methods is to try to gaze at the middle of your eyebrows
with your eyes closed.
to meditate properly many
people have concerns about what they should be thinking
during meditating. It can be very hard to stop ones thoughts
racing, let alone to think “nothing”, so what to do?! This
confusion is perhaps one of the most common reasons that
people stop meditating, but don’t let it stop you, because
essentially it does not matter what you think; just relax
and allow your thoughts to happen.
not try to stop the flow of thoughts but again try to
concentrate and again the flow of thoughts will start and
again try to concentrate at the middle of your eyebrows.
4. The Goal
The purpose of meditation to to reach a state of "No Mind" -
a condition in which there are no thoughts. You have
often heard the expression, "make your mind a blank'?
This is the goal, but it is easier said than done.
One means to acheive this is to think of only one simple
thing, like a dot. When you can do this for minutes on
end, then all you have to do is to erase the dot!
And, voila, a state of no mind. This may only last for a
split second but, with practice, you can maintain this
condition for longer periods.