Meditation for Beginners

Are you curious about meditation — wondering how it can help you relax? If so, this month’s blog is just for you.

Read on to discover what meditation is, what it’s not, how easy it can be, and how it can help you relax and feel calm. 

What is Meditation?

All meditation begins with mindfulness —  giving your full attention to the present moment without any judgements. 

There are many different ways to experience mindfulness. You can mindfully meditate on a cloud, or on the rise and fall of the waves, or the rise and fall of your own breath — a breath meditation. Breath meditations can give us energy, mental clarity and help us relax, all at the same time.

Other types of meditation include

  • candle flame gazing (Trataka)
  • moving meditations (Yoga, Tai Chi)
  • mantra meditation (like OM/AUM and OM Shanti)

What It’s Not

Meditation is not religion. It doesn’t require a robe or beads or a guru. Also, the goal of meditation is not to have mystical experiences or visions, although those may occur. The goal is to connect with who really are, your higher Self, your Soul-Self — your place in the universe beyond time and space.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is practiced by millions of people worldwide to reduce the effects of stress in everyday life. Whichever type of meditation you choose, it can help you feel happier, healthier and more compassionate. In addition, meditation can

  • boost confidence and self esteem
  • relieve insomnia and anxiety
  • boost your immunity and
  • help you manifest your heart’s desire.

Primordial Sound Meditation

One of the easiest and most powerful ways to meditate is Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM). It’s a simple meditation practice, a three-word mantra, for peacefulness, calmness and  abundance.

A mantra (from manas = mind, and tra = instrument) is a tool of the mind from the yoga of sound tradition. It acts like a flashlight to help you find that quiet, peaceful place in your mind — your happy place.

PSM is a short mantra who’s purpose is to induce something the Harvard Institute of Mind-body Medicine calls the Relaxation Response (RR).

The Relaxation Response is the goal — a feeling of peacefulness and calm in your own body-mind.. It’s what Harvard recommends as a replacement for Xanax — a 10 minute sound meditation.

Summary

There are many different ways to meditate. Primordial Sound Meditation is one — a powerful method that’s rooted in the yogic traditions of India. It uses a three-word mantra that you repeat silently to yourself every day —  for 10 minutes each morning and 20 minutes each evening.

The goal is to induce the Relaxation Response (RR) —a feeling of peacefulness and calm in your own body-mind.

More? Join us at the MB Marriott December 4 and learn how to meditate the easy way.

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“Let OM be the bow, mind the arrow, and higher consciousness the target. 

Those who want enlightenment should reflect on the sound and the meaning of OM. When the arrow is released from the bow, it goes straight to the target.”

Dhyana Upanishad

 

 

 

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