Meditating has so many incredible benefits, and many of the benefits you can start enjoying right from your very first session. You will find that immediately during and after your first session, you will feel more relaxed, at ease, and far less stressed than you did before you started your session. Over time, you will notice that you are more focused, have a stronger inner harmony, and have even improved health and well-being, too. It can be a little intimidating to get started with Buddhist meditation, but you can follow these easy steps to get started right away:
- The Pose. Buddhist meditation begins with you assuming a pose in a traditional lotus or half-lotus position, which basically puts you on the floor with your legs crossed in front of you and one foot resting on the opposite thigh. Your posture should be straight and tall yet relaxed and natural. You can also sit on a chair or bench if necessary, or even stand, but you should pay close attention to your posture.
- Focus. Generally, with Buddhist meditation, your head is facing forward and is upright, but in a very natural, relaxed way. Your muscles should not be tense. You may focus on any object in front of you, or you may close your eyes to find an inner focus.
- Breathing. Breathing is the hallmark of Buddhist meditation, as it will serve as the basis for relaxation and additional focus. Your breathing should be slow and steady, and you should inhale and exhale fully with each breath. Many beginners find it beneficial to count their breaths, as it helps some people focus on the breathing. Others simply focus on the sensation of breathing in fully and exhaling fully, as well as the sounds of their breathing.
With Buddhist meditation, you will find that by focusing on your breathing and how that experience feels to you, you will cleanse your mind of stress and really find an inner harmony. A typical session will last about 15 or 20 minutes, and at the end of your session, you should feel centered and more grounded yet very relaxed and free of stress. Your stresses may return shortly thereafter, but as you practice this technique on a regular, daily basis, you will find that your stress level really will be far lower on a regular basis than it is now.
It is also important to know that this is a very basic form of meditation. For some people, it is all that they need to find inner peace and harmony. For others, you may want to progresses to a more advanced level of this same type of meditation, or you may want to experiment with some of the other forms of meditation. There are so many great types of meditation that you can try out, and they each offer you some great benefits that will truly change your life in some very significant ways. You can get started today with these basic steps!