Here are some tips, links, etc to support your meditation practice

Meditation & breathing practices

There are many definitions of meditation and infinite methods, some straightforward and some complex.  Some come with warnings and others with grand claims. There are many books and the internet provides more than a lifetime’s reading.

Meditation is the action or process of calming or stilling the mind.

We are mostly drawn to the practice so as to bring about a peace of mind and a relaxation of body. Other benefits include: a more positive outlook, improved health, increased energy and better concentration.  We may choose meditation as a search for our true self or to discover a meaning to our lives; to life.

We can choose a method or methods that suit us best and once we have something that feels right we stay with it for a while and enjoy the effects. 

Posture for meditation and breathing practices

You can sit on a chair or sit or kneel on the floor using blankets, cushions or blocks for support. It is also ok, if necessary,  to lie down.

The classic meditation position is the lotus posture,
a seated position with each foot resting on the opposite thigh.  This can be uncomfortable even impossible. There are alternatives.

To be comfortable you need to come into a position that allows you to relax and keeps your spine long; your mind alert. 

You should be warm.

Your lower body releases into the support of the chair or floor and you consciously let go of all holding on.  If you are on a chair you can place some support under your feet. From the stability of your base you gently extend your spine and softly lengthen the back of your neck.  Release and relax your shoulders.  Soften your jaw and the muscles of your face.

You can close your eyes or keep them open and gaze slightly downward (beyond the tip of your nose in the direction of the floor).


Your personal practice

Some people have a regular meditation time, sometimes daily, sometimes a few times a week.  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing you can find moments where you can be still and bring your awareness into the present. 

Many people who have developed their practice  benefit from between 10 or 20 minute daily or every other day

You can choose different techniques to practice - whichever method you choose you should stay with it for a while.

Resting the mind on the breath

Following the flow of the breath is not only very relaxing it is an effective way of focussing the mind.  It is not a pranayama (breathing) practice but used as a meditation tool. You can just watch the breath; observing it, not controlling it. 

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You can also develop The Grand Yoga Breath which is an excellent method for everyone to learn as it improves breathing habits and it has a positive effect on every system of our body.

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