Friday, July 6, 2007

Mediation Tips

5 Tips to Start Meditating

1. Start Slowly - While your goal may be to regularly meditate for 20-30 minutes, it is a good idea to start by meditating for 5 minutes at a time. Meditating for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening is a great way to start a meditation practice. Once you've established a 5 minute meditation routine that you are comfortable with, you can gradually increase your meditation time.

2. Get Comfortable - Meditation can be done while sitting, lying down, standing or walking. Sitting is usually the best position to practice when first learning to meditate. While most people associate meditation with uncomfortable, crossed-legged positions, sitting in a comfortable chair is a good way to start meditating. Once you've established a regular meditaiton practice, you can incorporate different sitting positions, or experiment with walking, standing or lying meditation. Being uncomfortable does not make meditation more effective, it just makes it more uncomfortable. You are more likely to maintain a comfortable meditation practice than an uncomfortable one.

3. Breathe - An excellent beginning meditation technique is to pay attention to your breath. Follow your breath in and out. Take slow, relaxed, deep breaths. You can also count your breaths if that helps to focus your attention on your breathing.

4. Thought Come In, Thougths Go Out - It is inevitable that distracting thoughts will pop into your mind as you are focusing on your breath. As thoughts come up, try to let them go and return to focusing on your breath. Distractions are natural and learning to let them pass is one of the first steps in learning to meditate.

5. Let It Be - Especially in the early stages of learning to meditate, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. Every 5 minutes that you spend sitting quietly paying attention to your breath is a brick in the foundation of a solid meditation practice. As you get more comfortable sitting, you can expand your meditation time and try different types of meditation. But the first step is to learn to sit quietly for 5 minutes at at time, ideally twice a day. It's like learning to walk before you learn to run. Accept the fact that something sounds so easy may initially be challening. Making time to meditate is not always easy. Letting distractions pass is not easy. But be patient and stick to your practice.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Meditation Resources

Beginners Guide to Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and Meditation

Natural, Sustained Weight Loss Based On Yoga, Meditation And Vegetarian Diet
Yoga Weight Loss Secrets

This is a Very Comprehensive Yoga Program About Health, Well Being, Stress Relief And Spiritual Development
The Chakras of Tantric Yoga