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  1. The technique I use these days is to concentrate on a candle flame. I don’t know what it is about a flame but for some reason it is easy to concentrate on and my mind becomes still and I feel much more on top of things.

    Julian’s last blog post..How To Sleep Better

  2. This is a very straightforwad and informative post. Discovered your blog through Leo’s Zen Habits.
    Disciplined visualsation is a powerful appraoch to meditation. A serene, Zen garden sets the stage for some beings to retrace steps into the depths of consciousness. Repetition is helpful. Learning presence helps dissolve unconscious views of the past.

    Liara Covert’s last blog post..6 Strategies to leave your comfort zone

  3. @Julian
    I’ve heard of people using a candle flame but I’ve never tried it myself. I would imagine that the flame moving is interesting enough to prevent your mind from wandering. I’ll give it a shot and see how it goes. Thanks for the tip! :)

    @Liara
    That is truly an interesting comment. After a couple of reads I realized just how much information is in what you’ve just shared. Thank you. In particular, presence has had a huge positive impact on my life. Not just in meditating but also in everyday life. It’s helped me move on from the past and not worry too much about the future. Right now is what matters.

  4. Wow, I’m so glad I found this post. I’ve tried Alexander Technique and since then I’ve been thinking of the benefits I would get from combining it with meditation. I’m definitely going to give it a try.

    Gracia Fraile’s last blog post..The dust monster

  5. @Gracia – Pardon my ignorance, but I’ve never heard of the Alexander Technique before. Please share if you find combining the technique with meditation works out for you and I’ll look into it.

  6. Mary

    I enjoyed reading this. I am in the process of developing a meditation habit. I can’t concentrate on my breathing too much, or I start to breath too fast. I also find my mind wandering to worrisome things, so I have to keep refocusing on positive things. If I get too comfortable, I fall asleep!

  7. I think it’s important to add that “monkey mind” is part of the process. Too many people give up when their thoughts starting flowing endlessly. They have to in order to find some peace. The purpose is to detach from them as they are not real. The style of meditation I practice teaches to notice thought, label it “thinking” and bring your attention back to breath.

    And regarding #5 – that is the purpose of yoga. If you are familiar with the 8 limbs of yoga, asana (or yoga posture) comes before meditation because it is a preparation – Preparing the body for stillness by releasing physical tension. In this country that translation is often lost or not taught.

    Stacey Shipman’s last blog post..Back to Your Senses Sunday: 20 Reasons to Practice Yoga

  8. @Mary – Meditating is a great way to connect with yourself. Think about why you start breathing fast, what in your life is causing you to worry, and just how tired you must be if you fall asleep. There may not be anything wrong or needs changing but these distractions from your meditation may be your body or mind’s way of trying to get your attention.

    @Stacey – I used to get frustrated with the thoughts but have found to gently accept them and redirect my attention to my breathing is so much better than fighting the thoughts and getting angry with myself. Don’t fight the monkey mind…just calmly accept it as part of the process. Great advice Stacey! :)

    And Yoga before meditation – that’s brilliant! I never made the connection between Yoga and meditation practice before but now that you mention it it seems like such an obvious combination.

    This just shows that I have so much more to learn.

  9. It would be great if you know exactly what meditation means and benefits it brings in the lives of the people. You should first know how to discipline your body in practicing meditation.

  10. The Fat Boy

    It’s often stated that the key to meditation is to focus completely on the act of breathing. I’ve found this to be true. Don’t force your breathe, or count it, or pace it, just concentrate on the act of normal breathing. When your thoughts wander, just go back to your breathing. You’ll be amazed at the progression of your meditation if you try this method.

  11. I like your approach. When starting off you shouldn’t worry to much about what purists might think about how you’re meditating. There should be no worries about “doing it wrong” – the journey should start wherever you feel comfortable.

    I’ve been practicing meditation for a few years now and when I look back at how I started it’s almost laughable. But hey, if that’s where the road began, so be it. I am much happier now than if I had never started in the first place.

  12. eric

    I just became curious of meditating.im 21 and physically and mentally stuck in life.no motivation and few desires.I wanted to know what all there is to gain physically and mentally from meditation.can any one of you answer that?

  13. my own 5 tips:

    1. The best time for meditation is 4-5 a.m. or 7-8 p.m.

    2. Meditation after a meal is unacceptable. It should pass at least 2.5-4 hours since the last meal and 4-5 hours after a hearty meal.

    3. It’s strictly prohibited to meditate after taking alcohol or immediately after smoking, as well as sharp and salty food.

    4. Before starting meditation clean your teeth. It is desirable to take a hot shower, clean the root of your tongue with your fingers. All cleaning should be performed only before classes, but not in the gap between the exercises.

    5. Before starting the meditation you should set certain goals. For example: “I’m starting this meditation in order to upgrade the energy, to feel better, to be in harmony with myself, etc.”

  14. danny

    using a mantra is always the best way and whats best is that it can be anything you want

  15. I loved your blog post.Thanks Again. Excellent.

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