The Basics of Meditation
Many people are devoted to the practice of their religious faith. No matter what your religion is, you can enhance your spiritual life through the practice of meditation.
Meditation allows you the time and the surroundings to
think deeply about aspects of your religion and your life
that represent the heart of who and what you are. You may
spend some of your meditation time thinking about the
writings that represent the religion you believe in or any other spiritually oriented books. These readings can guide you along your spiritual journey.
If you would like to add meditation to your life, consider these basic steps:
- Simply add meditation to your schedule of activities. It
is that simple to make time for meditation. Inform friends
and family not to disturb your meditation time. Be proactive and turn off the cell phone. It may be helpful to play quiet music in background or listen to inspirational music during your meditation time.
- Meditation requires a quiet place. During the nice
weather, you may wish to meditate outdoors. Otherwise a
quiet place in the house, such a bedroom or screened porch, might be suitable. Be sure to be seated in a comfortable position so that you can focus on the spiritual.
- Shut out distracting thoughts. Tune out worries,
pressures, conflicts, and demands to focus on the spiritual topic at hand. Firmly tell yourself to set aside anything that might be pressing on your mind for attention.
- Review the topic in your mind or reread the passages. You are trying to grasp the greater meaning of your topic in your own way. You may wish to make notes, reread, think of new questions. This is your personal time.
- Allow your mind to float where it will while focusing on your topic. The purpose of the meditation is to allow your mind to grasp all the meanings associated with the topic. You are allowing yourself to freely consider all the aspects of a spiritual topic.
- Stop after a certain amount of time. You may want to set
a timer for 15 to 30 minutes, or perhaps up to an hour. But
if you spend more than that, you may become perplexed, overwhelmed, or burned out. Save some thoughts for next time.
You are ready to continue your day on earth in the here and
now after you have properly fed your spiritual life.
by Ruiger Gedanke
This article courtesy of http://www.inmeditation.com