‘In the beginning, it was all black and white’ Maureen.
To begin something is to feed up many uprising questions that pop up in the mind. I often get surrounded by many common questions, which were indeed also mine, when I started my journey 3 years back. These are every beginner’s questions, which are though small queries, but there are significant at that point of time, because satisfactory answers to such queries can actually build up their interest in the new thing, and give them a proper track along with motivation for the same. As Plato quoted, ‘ The beginning is the most important part of the work’. Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How to start the process of meditation?
Before everything, know to relax, choose a suitable time and place, where you can own few minutes to quiet yourself. Remember you should be comfortable without being in a rush for anything, and a suitable place where there ought to be no disturbance for some minutes. Better steal few early minutes of a morning, or store few minutes in the night before going to sleep. Start with counting your breath. Take a deep breath in and out.
How long to sit?
Take baby steps as beginners. Start with 5 mints, and gradually increase your timings as you gather patience. Set a timer; with avoid distractions by looking at the time every now and then. Sit concentrating on your inhalation and exhalation.
How often should you meditate?
As the saying goes, practice makes a man perfect. Practice every day, until it forms a part of you. It will not only then form a habit for you, but slowly you will discover different dimensions of meditation. It is easy to lose patience in the first few days, therefore try hard to sit regularly and relax at least for few minutes.
What posture to start with?
Don’t worry about posture in the beginning. Choose your own comfortable position, until the day you get to the true essence of meditation. Choose such a position which you can maintain for few mints at the beginning, without anybody discomfort.
But at least try keeping your back straight, even though not to the perfect extent. Don’t sit sluggishly; it will not let you build your mood. Initially, you can give your back a support. But remember not to be so comfortable to the extent that it pulls you to sleep. Sleeping or feeling sleeping is not meditation.
What to do when thoughts come down?
We cannot control thoughts. Thoughts are sure to come. Know your thoughts, be aware of the thoughts coming to your mind. Don’t get lost in thoughts. Don’t acknowledge the feelings associated with them like anger, frustration, jealousy, regret, sadness etc. Let them pass one by one and try not to hold on the. Until you learn to make peace with the emotions.