Quick Intro to Meditation
Posted in Nourishment for the Mind » Meditate on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Quick Intro to Meditation

From the RedEye

 

Meditation is not an easy practice, but it isn’t as hard as most people think, according to Tim Wang, a meditator and co-founder of Three Pillars in Hyde Park.  Wang gave RedEye a mini-session during a phone interview.  Here are the tips he offered regarding his preferred type of meditation, which can help you focus.

 

·       Get comfortable, whether lying down, sitting or leaning against a wall

·       Relax, but not to the point where you are falling asleep.  (This ain’t naptime.)

·       Start to be aware of how you’re breathing.  Feel the motion of your body.  Feel the flow of air.  Feel your belly expanding and contracting.

·       Be aware of the thoughts in your mind, but don’t follow them.  For example, if your stomach grumbles, you may start to think, “Well, I’m hungry.  Where can I go for lunch?  What should I get for dinner?”

·       Don’t do that.  Instead, accept the thought that you’re hungry, but re-focus your attention on your breathing.

·       Think for now, “I’m here,” and continue to focus on the moment.

 

 

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