Meditation is a process. Our intellect releases thousands of thoughts at a rapid rate on a constant basis. It is not possible for us to escape our thoughts. By involving our mind in the process of meditation we can correct mental patterns that prevent us from fulfilling our potential and being happy / contented.
We use focal points to involve our mind in the process of meditation. These include breath rhythm, eye focus, hand positions, points of the body and sound (especially mantra either silently repeated or chanted).
When meditating, our mind will wander. The process of bringing it back to the resting place of a specific focal point (e.g. mantra or breathing) helps us to break our over-projective (risk taking) or over-protective (risk averse) thought patterns, replacing them with balanced, contented thought patterns. In this way, the meditative, neutral mind is cultivated. Meditation is a cleansing process that clears our sub-conscious garbage, bringing greater clarity and a feeling of well-being.
Each of us will have our own experience and side effects of meditation including;
- Stress release
- Increased mental clarity and focus
- The quiet, still time helps the body heal
- A feeling of love and connection
- Builds our intuitive capacity so we better know what to do, and when
It is important to adopt the correct sitting posture whether in a chair or on the floor. Your body posture should be stable, rooted and aligned with a straight spine, chest slightly lifted and chin gently tucked back to allow the energy and breath to flow. Doing some breathing and warm up exercises before meditating stimulates our glandular and nervous systems and helps us to feel physically comfortable for a better focus during meditation.
I have attended Alison Strawford’s classes. She teaches Kundalini Yoga so that is the basis for her meditation classes. Alison’s website is – complete-yoga.co.uk
Also, the Global Retreat, near Oxford practice Raja Yoga – yoga for the mind. And very easy to do at home.