Meditation is among the most preached of relaxation methods,
often recommended for getting rid of our anxieties and alleviating pain or suffering. However, meditation isn't the simplest of things to practice or gain perfection over, since it requires maintaining absolute focus. Yes, the benefits are immense with greater concentration, lesser anxiety and an overall feeling of wellness. Zen Meditation works upon the principle of gaining enlightenment which essentially means you are elevated to a level where your mind is free from the usual clutter of disturbing ideas. When you are in the Zen Meditation state, you are passing into a state of self-reflection & introspection that helps to create a mind and body synergy.
The difficulties of mastering the art of Zen meditation often makes people quit this rather helpful lifestyle habit. The objective of this article is to help you gain a certain degree of control over Zen Meditation. These tips are easy to understand and follow:
• Set aside a specific time during which you plan to meditate. Just like your body follows a sleeping regimen, your mind will gradually become accustomed to the idea of meditating or concentrating, every day.
• Before trying to focus your mind, try to slow your breathing pattern. Unless, the breathing in under control, you won’t be able to concentrate. Unless, a slower breathing pattern is adopted, your muscles won’t be able to relax. This is the only way to regulate your circulation also so that you don’t sweat too much or feel thirsty and irritated.
• It is better to do some basic stretching before you get seated for your meditation. This helps to loosen the tendons and muscles. This aids better circulation of blood. These factors help to be seated in the same position without feeling bodily pain or discomfort.
• Regardless of what is preached by other online resources, you need to understand that Zen Meditation is not about letting yourself go or totally losing connection with yourself. Meditation is a rather, Active process. This means that you cannot simply sit back and hope to gain focus. You need to work on your mind, to focus your attention. This requires hard work, so be prepared for at least one month of many trials and errors.
• The biggest enemy of getting into the meditation mode is frustration. You are bound to feel your feet or your mind getting restless. However, the Zen masters preach that you shouldn’t fight such thoughts. This extremely frustrating period of your apprehensive mind sticking on to seemingly useless thoughts has to be tread upon, if you want to move ahead.
• One of the simpler Zen Meditation techniques that usually works is trying-out different seating areas. This includes sitting under the tree, in the balcony or with the windows shut or open. The idea is to keep trying different environments until you find one that seems to make you feel absolutely comfortable. As you advance, try meditating in different set of environments to test your ability to meditate when the surroundings are unfamiliar.
• One of the easier Zen Meditation methods is naming your breaths. This sounds strange but it helps beginners. Name your exhalation breath and give a rhyming title to your inhalation breath. Your body should become attuned to breathing in & out as you recite these names in your mind.
• If you are particularly tense or ill in one part of the body, think of it as you exhale. This should be done once you are a few minutes into your meditation and have settled into a calmer, breathing pattern. This is often referred to as “feeling your body parts”. You will know that you have reached a stage of some expertise when you can actually feel a sort of force or relaxation in the body part you are thinking when exhaling.
• Keep your back straight. Usually, starters tend to lose their body posture and start stooping. This tends to impair the breathing pattern. The ideal posture is called the Lotus Pose. This refers to sitting cross-legged which is often used in Indian worship rituals. Keep your hands on top of each other, in your lap.
• If you can get a partner to meditate with you, hopefully someone a bit more seasoned in meditating; things can be easier. However, if you want to meditate alone, ensure there are no disturbances. Switch-off the phones and if necessary, use cotton ear plugs.
• Set an alarm for yourself. This will help to take your mind off the question as to for how long you have been meditating.
• You can also divide your breathing, i.e. Exhaling & Inhaling, into sets with repetitions. This is the method followed for keeping the workout systematic in gyms. For instance, you can start with four, slow sets, where each set includes 10 reps. One inhalation and one exhalation combine to form one, single rep.
Please understand that the advantages of Zen Meditation might take some time to become evident. However, it is equivalent to making a small investment of time and effort, the benefits of which you will reap throughout your life. (Health, MensXP.com)
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