To learn meditation is not difficult.
You sit in a quiet place for 10 - 40 minutes and focus on your breathing, a sound, a chant or mantra. Whether you use a mantra or chant or not is entirely up to you and what you’re comfortable with.
What is a mantra?
The Sanskrit word mantra comes from the root “man” - which means “to think” (or, in manas “mind”) and the suffix “tra” - which means “tool.” Literally, a “mantra” means an “instrument of thought”.
When you repeat a sound, such as OM (rhymes with home) or Ara Kara (AH-ruh KAH-ruh) there is a vibration you'll feel from the sound if you say it out loud. Mantras are effective whether you say them out loud (soft verbal chanting) or whether you repeat them mentally, silently in your mind. That’s the simple part.
When You Learn Meditation, Quieting the Mind is More Difficult Than Quieting the Body
If you’ve tried meditating, you know what often happens. You turn off the phone. Dim the lights. Perhaps you light a scented candle or incense if you find scent to be calming. For the first few minutes, all goes well. Then the mind chatter starts. And your foot goes numb. And your arm gets itchy. So now you’re squirming and wondering how long it’s been. Ooops. You start the chant again. Quieting your body is easy. Quieting the mind is not quite as easy. That’s the hard part of trying to learn meditation.
Tips For Learning Meditation
There are so many benefits to learning meditation that it’s worth your while to persist. These tips will help you learn meditation successfully;
- Don’t meditate on a full stomach. Wait an hour or two after eating before meditating.
- Don’t meditate with candy or food in your mouth.
- Choose an uncluttered area for meditation. Surroundings affect state of mind.
- Turn off the phone and eliminate any potential distractions
- Dim the lights if possible.
- If you find scent to be relaxing, light a scented candle or incense.
- Learn meditation gradually. Start with 10-15 minutes and work up over time.
Meditation Music & Brain Entrainment
In addition to relaxation meditation, there are audio tracks that will help you entrain your mind to achieve different responses from deep relaxation to improved concentration, and intense focus. It’s as simple as putting on an audio track and just listening. It doesn’t get much easier than that!