Meditation and Yoga
Meditation takes many forms with some of them being more complex than others. Simple techniques of meditation can be used by most people in their everyday life and helps to combat everyday problems.
If you apply meditative principles to the tasks and challenges of your everyday working life, you will soon observe significant changes being made around you.
However meditation is not just a question of sitting down and "having a think". To meditate correctly, both the body and the mind should be perfectly relaxed and in tune with each other. Once they are in tune, then the meditative process can begin.
A time to meditate
You should set aside two periods of 10-20 minutes a day for meditation every day if possible, one in the morning and another period in the evening. Try and choose a time when you are not tired, otherwise you will find yourself becoming sleepy. So avoiding just after mealtimes and bedtime is a good idea.
If you can get into a routine of the same time and place, so much the better as this makes your meditation much easier and more rewarding.
Find a nice quiet comfortable spot where you are sure you will not be disturbed. If you need to, take the phone off the hook and switch your cell phone and the television off. Ensure you have picked a time when no-one is liable to knock on the door and disturb your concentration.
You can sit on the floor on a cushion, or on a straight backed chair (it's up to you), however you should avoid overstuffed arm chairs as they may induce you to become sleepy.
Your posture should assist you in staying awake and alert, so you may need to experiment to find your optimum comfort zone for meditation without feeling any strain. You're less likely to feel sleepy if your back and head are erect.
Many people who practice yoga like to use the lotus position. This makes an ideal steady base.
Start by sitting on the floor with your legs spread out in front of you, then bend one knee and bring the foot up onto the other thigh. Bring the second leg in, either under the opposite thigh (half lotus position), or over it (full lotus). Beginners to the lotus position may prefer an ordinary crossed legged or seated pose.
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