meditation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meditation?
Meditation is a term we use to describe the practice of developing awareness of our true nature.
There are many, many, many meditation techniques. A short list might include:

What do I need to do to get started?
Virtually nothing. Actually, that is also quite literally true. Meditation is much more about ‘being’, than any sort of ‘doing.’

One way to meditate is to sit quietly and observe the breath moving in and out of the body.

Do I have to sit still?
There are various schools of thought on this topic. Some traditions suggest sitting in complete stillness even in the midst of physical discomfort. Others are less rigid. My inner-knowing acknowledges You; and you know best which techniques will best motivate you to continue developing your meditation practice. Finding your best ‘seat’ and shifting position during meditation may be the key to inspiring your consistent practice.

Do I have to empty my mind?
Nope. Thank goodness. There is almost always something ‘going on’ in the mind.

For clarity there are some meditation techniques that prescribe the idea of ‘no thought’ or achieving ‘the gap’ – stillness between thoughts.

Other meditation techniques aim at shining a light upon the ‘goings on’ of the mind. In other words, rather than clinging to the identity that You are your mind, through meditation one might observe that the You is the one watching the activity of the mind.

The simple answer is that it is impossible to fail at meditation. For in each moment that You notice the mind is wandering, or ruminating, or planning, or whatever it is ‘doing’… In that moment of noticing, You are fully present, ‘being’ the observer. Success!

How long should I meditate?
First, please drop the ‘shoulds’ because they rarely motivate or inspire anyone to anything.

When You are new to meditation, perhaps begin with a few minutes which may be increased over time. Three to five minutes, increasing to ten and on up to twenty or thirty minutes. An hour.

The amount of time for any one session is not as important as is the dedication to practice meditation regularly.

Meditation is akin to mental exercise: Work out, get fit. Slack off, slip back.

What time of day is best?
There are various schools of thought on this topic, as well. Some traditions suggest before dawn, after morning ablutions. Others recommend immediately following yoga asana, on an empty stomach. Still others prescribe meditation prior to a known stressor and/or before sleep.

There is no absolute best time to meditate.

Given that a consistent meditation practice offers potentially significant benefits, consider the time of day that will work best for You.

Where can I meditate?
Anywhere. Everywhere. Experiment. Explore.

Some traditions extol the virtue of solitude, and/or sacred spaces. Others celebrate practicing with like-minded community.

Benefits of Meditation

Physical Well-Being
1. improve immune system function
2. improve breathing and heart rate
3. reduce blood pressure
4. support healing and reduce pain
5. promote restful sleep
Mental Well-Being
1. increase awareness
2. improve focus
3. improve memory and recall
4. improve cognitive skills and creativity
5. improve problem solving
Emotional Well-Being
1. increase optimism, relaxation & awareness
2. enhance self-esteem and self-acceptance
3. reduce stress and anxiety
4. alleviate symptoms of depression
5. improve resilience

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PLEASE NOTE: Meditation is not a substitute for medical care. Information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any dis-ease. Please consult an appropriate health practitioner for medical treatment.

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