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How to Meditate and Benefits of Meditation

Updated on June 18, 2013

Meditation has many purposes. Some meditation techniques are used for clearing the mind, stress management, and self-awareness. Meditations courses help people to learn how to meditate and get the help they need from this ancient practice. The meditation classes may be designed for beginners or as advanced training.

Though meditation may be used as a religious practice, meditation is not necessarily religious. The belief that meditation is inherently religious is false. People practice meditation for a variety of benefits that are nonreligious.

A standard posture to begin to meditate is to sit on the floor with the legs crossed and hands relaxed in front of the person. The fingers are often interlaced. Eyes are closed. Sitting on the floor is not absolutely necessary. The person should be comfortable and keep the spine straight.

In the beginning, the person who is learning how to meditate may find it easier to practice meditation in a quiet location. Also, meditation in the mornings may be easier since the mind often is clearer and the body is not tired from daily activity.

The whole body should be relaxed during meditation. If part of the body is tense, the person should relax those muscles. Muscle tension may arise during the meditation time. Sometimes, this means that the spine is not straight. The person should check their posture and resume relaxing the muscles and meditating.

During a meditation class, the meditation teacher may encourage the person to clear the mind and block noise from the environment. If the class is to teach the students how to use meditation for anxiety, anger management, health problems, or for another specific purpose, the teacher may guide the class with particular breathing techniques or visualization.

Daily practice of meditation is encouraged. Many sources say that the benefits are maximized with frequent practice. The person should be relaxed and allow breathing to occur naturally during daily meditation. As thoughts enter the mind, the person should release them and clear the mind.

The person's breathing may start out deep and become shallow breath. When the mind is quiet and outside noises are ignored, this is called the meditative state. The meditative state is the beneficial phase of meditation.

Meditation allows the person to gain control of thoughts that may be causing unhappiness, anxiety, or other problems. The mind is very powerful. People's perceptions shape their realities. Daily meditation teaches the person to be more self-aware. The person may gain insight into how their thought patterns are affecting their lives and how to change these thoughts to foster improvements.

Therefore, spending time to learn how to meditate and practice every day can be an investment in personal health and wellbeing. Taking meditation classes can ensure that people are learning the principles and meditation techniques that will be most beneficial to them.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      I have meditated for years...on and off. I find that gazing at a flame on a candle for a certain period of time and then closing my eyes and visualizing the flame for as long as I can clears my mind. I found there are two types of meditation: passive and active. Passive is like the candle flame. Active for me is any type of activity that requires sheer concentration so that it shuts out everything else. For me that's scroll sawing, not only do I have to concentrate, but I also have to relax to make the cuts as accurate as possible. Thanks for the hub, voting up, interesting and sharing.

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