I remember being in a meditation class in St Lucia where the experience was so relaxing that it made me unaware that people started leaving the room while I lay unaware of my surroundings. I remember the meditation instructor nudging me. I wasn’t asleep, I knew we were in class, but I had to be physically nudged to get out of that zone. Meditation isn’t necessarily a process where it gives you anything. Rather, it’s a process that takes away. The process brings you back to a balanced place where you become aware of your body, it’s sensations and it all starts with your breath. By no means have I studied the art long enough to call myself an expert, but that’s the beauty in meditation. Its practice isn’t owned by any school of thought nor is it exclusive to anyone who has reached “Super Saiyan” level. The experience and benefit are created by the individual.
Where to start:
The process and experience may be different for everyone, but here’s where I started.
- Lay a mat down on the floor and lay in a supine position. Don’t lie on your bed. It doesn’t create the grounding feeling and connectedness that the bare ground will.
- Set up in a quiet room or spot. Lighting a candle could be an awesome way of setting the mood/environment. Depending on how forward thinking your workplace is, some companies have even invested in meditation/prayer rooms.
- Close your eyes and start focusing on your breath. Your mind may run and you might start using this time to think about all the things you need to do, but let those thoughts pass and keep coming back to your breath focusing on the depth of your breath (how hard you inhale) and the rhythm of your breath.
- As you breath pull the air into your belly and let it expand and contract as you exhale.
Don’t get too hard on yourself if the process seems pointless at first. The art of meditation takes practice. The biggest struggle will be your ability to truly let go of unnecessary thoughts during meditation. As I said before, don’t stress about this, it will only create an overactive environment in your mind. Focus on the sound, rate and depth of your breath.