is the practice of controlled thinking which develops balance and focus.
should I meditate?
are a huge variety of reasons for meditation. In fact, it is possible
to say that there are as many reasons for meditation as there are human
activities. Meditation can be used to enhance all areas of human experience
as it is inextricably linked to perception and cognition. For example,
some people meditate to enhance their ability for creativity; meditation
increases the ability to create complex scenes in the imagination, imagination
becomes more vivid and malleable. Another reason to practice meditation
is to increase capacity for concentration as many types of meditation
require the continuous application of attention on a given object. For
people who have difficulty in maintaining focus in their lives, this
avenue can be most appealing.
I need a special room to practice meditation?
is very important that meditation be independent of special surroundings.
Although a conducive environment is helpful for a beginner, the sense
of peace and serenity the beginner encounters is mainly to do with expectation
and atmosphere. Meditation, by definition, is (or includes) independence
from external surroundings.
have trouble sitting for extended periods, what should I do?
are a few ways of dealing with postural pain when meditating. By far
the best way is to treat the pain itself as the object of meditation,
maintaining an observational mindfulness of the pain; it thus ceases
to be a pain. Other ways of dealing with the pain is by active visualisation,
or active relaxation; the practice of hatha yoga is also very useful
in developing good and comfortable posture.
tend to fall asleep whenever I meditate, what should I do?
asleep is a common problem among novice meditators, practice and perseverance
are the means of overcoming fatigue. However there are solutions to
minimise drowsiness. Firstly, time your session well. Meditating before
going to sleep will often lead to falling asleep, during the circadian
cycle there are times of greater wakefulness and times of lesser wakefulness
depending on your disposition; choose your most wakeful periods. Open
eyes can be helpful in preventing sleep onset, especially in a well
lit room; this is because the circadian cycle which governs wakefulness
and drowsiness is motivated by light. People also tend to fall asleep
more easily if sitting on an armchair or sofa; if this is a problem
find a less comfortable chair, preferably with a low back to aide posture.
do I end a session of meditation?
is important to be aware of the world around you; certain things need
doing and it is extremely difficult to get things done when the mind
is totally introverted and focused on other issues. If there is a hole
in the roof, it's no use thinking about it (or something else), action
must be taken. As meditation introverts the mind, regular, daily activities
can be affected; it is therefore needed to be grounded before getting
back to regular activities. After meditation one should do something
physical and mundane e.g. drink a glass of water, have a shower, smell
some fragrant herbs etc.
it advisable for children to meditate?
benefits of meditation for children are the same as they are for adults;
they are able to develop a greater sense of peace, increase motivation
and concentration, and raise self confidence.