Meditation is a practice in which an individual focuses their mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
There are many different ways to meditate, but some common elements of the practice include finding a quiet and comfortable place to sit or lie down, focusing on your breath, an image, or a mantra (a word or phrase that is repeated to aid in concentration), and letting go of any distracting thoughts that may come up.
Here is a simple meditation practice that you can try:
1) Find a comfortable position. You can sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground, or you can sit cross-legged on a cushion or mat. You can also lie down if that is more comfortable for you.
2) Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
3) Focus your attention on your breath. As you inhale, mentally say to yourself “inhaling,” and as you exhale, mentally say “exhaling.” If your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breath.
4) Continue focusing on your breath for a few minutes. You can use a timer or an app to help you keep track of time if you’d like.
5) When you’re ready to finish your meditation, slowly open your eyes and take a moment to stretch and come back to the present moment.
Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to meditate. The goal is simply to find a practice that works for you and that helps you feel more calm and centered.
“Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on a mantra, or on a particular object. The intention is to focus the mind and still the fluctuations of thought that can cause stress and unhappiness.” – Unknown