Meditation is a celebrated practice and there is no secret that through practicing meditation we can achieve above and beyond what we can see. But what we do not know usually understand is, while practicing meditation is a good habit, this good habit is essential to leave other bad habits. Meditation does not ask us to fight negative thoughts or be focused it teaches us how to blur out the negative and the unwanted. For instance, if a chain smoker wants to quit smoking, there is a series of thought terrain that engulfs his mind, both consciously and unconsciously. ‘One secret is not harmful’, ‘just one drag’, ’why should i have to go through this pain?’ ‘Just today, from tomorrow i will quit’, and many such thoughts would come, taking power over the mind. When we meditate, these thoughts that are playing are felt more deeply by our sensitive mind. But with meditation we learn to tune them out and not give attention to the trash playing. We simply observe, sit back and witness what’s happening and not let it affect us. Gradually these negative thoughts would start to decrease. Meditation waters the power of control in you.
We will not be discussing about the benefits of meditation, as we are well aware of the same. We would talking about the habit of meditation, how to form it and make it uncomplicated.
Just 2 minutes
Surveys say that one of the biggest reasons for one to be deviated from the righteous path of meditation is the responsibility. “i have to meditate, i have to spend alteast 15-20 minutes daily” so on and so forth. Well, meditation is an unburdening practice and not the other way around. So let us be realistic and set achievable goals. Just commit 2 minutes every day, just this. There is no promise to increase the time or effort at all. If you like you can sit for 5 minutes, but the commitment is only for 2 minute.
Pick a trigger time
Okay, so we are not saying same place, same time either. Just pick up a bigger chunk of the day to spot your meditation time. Like when you wake up and before you live for work, post lunch time, after you return from work, before sleeping time. So that you do not miss out, set a bar of 2-3 hour between which you can meditate. Our tendency is to skip the time and feel sorry and procrastinate. When we have a longer time range to practice, our chances of excuse or skipping the practice decreases.
A silent spot
This point is a must, because as a beginner we need a quite spot devoid of any distractions. Timings like early morning before everyone wakes up or at night before sleeping, at the park or at the beach, away from the noise, are the best. The point is, you are able to focus a little. A few people walking here and there would not be an issue, till there is substantial noise or people calling you out.
Cut the cushion slack
The new age spirituality has made things super complicated and uneasy to do or find products like bolster, a meditation zafu cushion, a blanket, etc. Okay, any cushion or no cushion would also do. Just 2 minutes every day is all you have to offer. Do not fret about what you are wearing, what time of the day it is, where you are sitting, how you are sitting. Just be and sit on a normal cushion, on the bed, couch or chair or even the floor.
The power of breath
Now that we have cut out all the drama out of the practice, the only thing remains is the breath. As you breathe, just be and observe your breath, breathing deeply and slowly in and slowly and gently out. If you mind wander, observe it and gently bring it back to your breath again.
This is it, your two minute meditation practice every day without any unnecessary embellishments or requirements. Continue to do this for a month and soon these 2 minutes would be the most restful and rejuvenating two minutes of the day.
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