How To Prepare Yourself For Meditation
I’d like to start by saying that Meditation is not something we force upon us. We do not, or I’d say, we cannot force Meditational state upon our body and mind. Meditation is something which will happen to us by itself, just like sleep. Only thing we can do is “prepare for it”. So, how to prepare yourself for meditation?
We can sit still, close our eyes and breathe, this may look like meditation, but doesn’t necessarily constitute real meditation. But only thing is required to be mindful, in your doings. Be mindful, just let go of thoughts, past, future, the work you’ll do right after meditation session, how you’re going to spend the night/day. If you’re sitting still, just sit; if you’re walking, just walk. Allow your mind and body to focus gradually and slowly, yet, without forcing thoughts and actions upon it.
Just like sleep, you get into comfortable clothes, arrange bed, dim the lights, in other words, you prepare yourself and surroundings for sleep, is the same what you’ve to do with meditation. You can only prepare. Sleep will come by itself, you can’t force it upon yourself and so as meditation. You can only prepare.
How To Prepare Yourself For Meditation
- Make sure you’re not too full and not too hungry. Empty your bladder. Make sure your body is comfortable. You may also wish to shower before you meditate. If this is impossible, try at least to wash your hands and face. Activities that freshen you up, activities that relaxes your body and mind, could be carried out before meditation. Activities that empty yourself, but doesn’t make you tired, could be carried out. Like, a walk, deep breathing for 3 – 5 minutes will relax your mind and body for soothing meditation session. Idea is to be as comfortable as you can be. Good preparation will allow you to enjoy the meditative state more profoundly.
- Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes. Bright and clean.
- Adopt the best posture for yourself, no posture works best for everyone. You don’t have to adopt the lotus flower position or other proper postures to begin the meditation. You can sit on floor, or arrange pillows to create a comfortable posture, or on a chair, if you like. You can also lie down, if that makes you feel free and comfortable. Just make yourself as comfortable as a car-driver prior to drive, make himself comfortable behind the steering wheel. Choose the best that works for you.
- Keep your spine straight, your belly relaxed, and the back of your head pulled upwards; breathe easily, with your tongue on the roof of the mouth, and your jaws, shoulders, and the rest of the body relaxed. Stretching your body prior to meditation releases stress developed in your muscles of our body.
- Find a peaceful, quite place for meditation. It could be lone, secluded corner in your house, or a park. Make sure no one disturbs you. Place your gadgets away. Hang a “DO NOT DISTURB” note at the door. Choose a place, not to warm, not to cold. The chosen place needs to connect with you and should give you sense of comfort and safety. Make sure it’s clean and uncluttered.
- You could also light some candles or incenses or play soothing music, to get your senses prepared for the session. Moreover, prayerful attitude, charity and service as loving responsibility is what makes you more likely to able to enter the temple of Meditation.
- One important point to note is that “Do Not Try”, just as you cannot force yourself to sleep. You cannot force yourself to transcend into meditative state, remember, you can only prepare. Meditate without judgements and attachments to results. Stay relaxed, with an effortless attitude.
- Whenever possible, meditate at the same time and place every day. Your body recognize it as a set pattern, will allow your attention to go deeper faster and more easily once you establish a routine.
- Treat this practice as a special occasion, the more energy you give to it, the more energy and focus your body will allow. Just as you prepare your body and mind for love-making.
Beginning meditation is not about stopping thoughts, it’s about seeing the mind. Instead of wasting time and energy trying to stop your thoughts – which can be like trying to stop a river with hands. Just let the river of thoughts flow. Just let your thoughts arise and pass without letting them hold your attention. Here’s one quote by Osho that summed it all.
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
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