Meditation is an individual (or sometimes collective) practice that helps us clearing our mind, getting rid of stress and finding inner peace and balance.
There are many different meditation techniques, but what they all have in common is the goal: to understand and amplify our mind.
We have made a research, reading books and articles and talking with some meditation experts (who asked us to remain anonymous) and this is what we learned about meditation:
- The posture is everything. Try to find a comfortable posture, the most suggested is the classic vajra (crossed legs), but if you have knees problems or you just don’t feel comfortable, find your own position and make sure to maintain it during your meditation.
- It’s absolutely necessary to avoid distractions. In order to clear your mind, you should start by cleaning your meditation space: no phones, no Internet, no annoying noises.
- You have to learn how to breathe correctly. Relax and breathe are strictly connected: inhale and exhale focusing on the sensation that your respiration gives you.
- Relaxing music can be really helpful. Find a chill out playlist that really makes you fell good and peaceful and listen to it while meditating.
- Fear of unknown could block your meditation. This practice may conduce you to a new kind of vision of yourself and your mind. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to set your mind free!
- Creating a peaceful imaginary will help you meditating. Close your eyes, imagine yourself in a relaxing situation. Some love to imagine themselves alone in a tropical sunny beach, some prefer to imagine to be in the woods. Choose the “location” that makes you feel better and move your mind there.
- Take your time, no one is watching or judging you! Forcing yourself to stop thinking has nothing to do with meditation (remember the famous Eat, Pray, Love (Ryan Murphy, 2010) scene where the protagonist can’t stop thinking about everyday silly things while trying to meditate?). You can start by relaxing your mind for a few minutes, then, with more practice, you can learn how to really turn off your conscious mind and how to travel with your inner soul.
- If you have doubts or just need the opinion of someone who masters the topic, consult a meditation expert, but remember that meditating is something you do for yourself and that it shouldn’t be considered as a discipline with rigorous rules and precepts. Avoid “gurus” and become your own guru!
What do you think? Have you ever tried to meditate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Illustration Sara Ottavia Carolei