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Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners is a state

Sharing Meditation Techniques for Beginners – Meditation is a state you slip into, a bit like when you drift into sleep and just as sleep can be anything from a light nap to dream-filled  deep slumber, so meditation can be experienced in many ways and on many levels, with more or less intensity. By its very nature meditation eludes definition, but it could be described as a state of higher consciousness in which normal thought processes are transcended.

An expansive awareness and spaciousness arise in meditation and a deep inner calm. As the Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Chogyam Trungpa puts it, meditation is being ‘fully in the nowness of the moment’. Entering into deep meditation for the first time is often accompanied by a sense of recognition: the feeling that you have have been there before, that you are rediscovering what you always were and have always known – your true nature. So meditation is also described as the original state or simply as coming home.

Meditation for beginners is a practice

A few people – usually advanced meditators – find their minds turn inwards with ease and settle quite naturally into stillness, but the vast majority of us need to employ techniques to help quieten our minds and reach meditation. By sitting in a meditation position and trying to focus our attention, with or without the help of any particular technique and by making an effort to let our thoughts be without engaging with them, we are practising meditation. Even if nothing  seems to be happening, even if instead of quietening down our minds seem to be going into overdrive, inner work is going on. Patient persisitence will sooner or later be rewarded with deep meditation.

In fact, many people who do not practise formal meditation occasionally experience fleeting glimpses of meditative states – spontaniously occurring ‘highs’. These states usually arise when very relaxed, often in a natural environment like a native forest. When our minds are completely merged with the object of our attention, meditation arises spontaneously. This usually takes practice. When we first begin to meditate and turn our attention inwards, it can be a shock to realise just how unruly our minds are. Most people are unable to focus for more than a moment or two before they find themselves miles away, carried off on trains of thought and mental chatter – idly thinking about work, the people in their lives, going over old scenarios or envisioning new ones, having imaginary conversations, making plans.

The mind is like a monkey in that it has all manner of means to distract. The art of meditation for beginners, lies in finding this delicate balance. Allowing the mind to be, without allowing it to run riot. Meditation is the practice of gently bringing your attention back to your chosen focus or technique whenever you notice it has wandered. It is important to realise, that techniques of meditation are a means not ends, and should not be made into icons.

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