Contents1 Personal Experience with Meditation2 So How Did I Start Meditating?3 8 Easy Steps to Meditating4 1. To kick things off I would like to discuss with you a little bit about my personal experience with meditation.
Going back about 20 years ago when my physical education teacher at school was telling us about this practice that he was involved in I thought it was an extremely unusual and peculiar activity to take part in especially whilst you’re on your own and I also thought that it was somewhat rude that he would just ignore people when they came up to him and tried to speak to him. With the popularity of human optimization increasing and more people trying to get a mental and physical edge in today’s society we can say that meditation is one form of activity which is certainly increased in popularity in order to create a healthy mind. For me over the past few years my thinking has certainly changed from that of 20 years ago when I first heard about meditation.
On a number of occasions I would try sitting down in a quiet room with my legs crossed, my hands sitting on the edge of my knees, my eyes closed and try my hardest to a remove every thought and memory from my mind to achieve absolute and complete clarity.
So after a few attempts of becoming frustrated from this process I guess I gave up and didn’t bother trying again for quite some time. However, recently I took two weeks holiday from my stressful work life and I went to Hawaii where we visited Maui, Turtle Bay in the North Shore and Waikiki in Honolulu.
I remember as clear as day, one early morning while we were staying at the Turtle Bay Resort in the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii I got up before the sun had risen and I went out to the shoreline just close to where the waves were breaking I put a towel down on the ground and I said to myself today was the day that I was going to begin meditating.
Well when I was sitting on my towel on the shoreline of the beach I sat there with my legs crossed, my hands on the edge of my knees and my eyes closed just like I had done the previous times before when I felt that I had failed to meditate. The amazing thing is that after four or five minutes of concentrating on my breathing I tend to notice an extreme level of relaxation that came over my whole body and my mind. In order to stop my mind from wandering off to various other common thoughts or being distracted by any external stimuli I would begin silently saying a mantra or series of words which have a great deal of meaning to me. After I find my mind moving into a more relaxed state I would go through each of the 7 facets of intention to focus on what I can do to bring more positive energies into my life through each one of these facets of intention.
After about 20 minutes of meditating I start to become more aware of where I am and my immediate surroundings and then I open my eyes and the world around me always looks incredibly vibrant and full of life and colour. Now I must admit that I do not always have the same level of concentration, relaxed feeling and trance like state that I had on that day that I first truly found out how to meditate and experienced it for the first time.
I really never understood the true power of meditation until I was able to really sit down and experience it for myself and I believe that everyone needs to take a stand at some point in time and really experience what meditation is all about. I can give you examples of my own personal experience and also tips and tricks of how to try to get into that meditation state for yourself but ultimately it is going to be up to you to really sit down in a quiet area and be able to relax your minds and perform meditation for yourself. You want to be able to find yourself a comfortable and preferably a quiet area free from distractions. You can put the back of your hand on the edge of your knees and hold your thumb and index finger together.
The reason why your meditation position is so important is because you want it to be able to enhance your relaxation so you must ensure that you are comfortable and free from distractions.
You must relax your whole body and I find that the best way to do this is to go through an initial process of focusing on each individual body part and trying to relax it. When I first start a meditation session I will close my eyes and start to think about my toes, then my whole feet, then my calves, then work my way up my legs to my pelvis and mid section.
By sitting still and being silent you should just start to become aware and conscious of your surroundings whilst you have your eyes closed. Breathing is such an important part of the meditation process simply because it enables you to bring your heart rate and mind under control and allow it to easily slip into a state of relaxation. Throughout your entire meditation session you should hold some degree of awareness towards your breathing.
I find that the best way to breath during meditation is to inhale air through your nose so that you can fill your lungs with air and contract your diaphragm. The last thing you want to do is inhale too fast as this will work against relaxing the body and the mind. Once you have taken in a full breath of air you will notice your belly expand, you should then pause for a second and exhale the air from your lungs which will relax your diaphragm and notice your bell suck back in. A mantra can come in many different forms and can be customized for each individual person. Some say that using a mantra can have profound trance and trans-formative effects on them however I find that it provides me with the ability to focus my mind and thought so that other distracting thoughts and stimuli do not interrupt my point of focus. This is the mantra that I use but as mentioned a mantra is something that you should create or develop in your own mind, something that provides you with a sense of relaxation yet is also inspiring. Throughout the entire meditation experience your main goal should be to enable your mind to relax yet at the same time be focused. Some people get frustrated when beginning to first meditate because various thoughts, emotions and feelings popped into their mind and they become frustrated at the whole meditation process because they cannot absolutely clear their mind of these various mental processes.
Truth be told is that you will never be able to completely stop random thoughts, emotions and feelings from popping up into your mind, however the way in which you deal with these mental processes is how you will succeed in your meditation journey. Do not get frustrated if you are focusing on your breathing and mantra and all of a sudden thoughts of what work you have waiting for you at the office or whether it is raining outside or whatever random thoughts may enter your mind. You should not put a time on how long you decide to sit down and meditate for, there is no set rules as to how long you should meditate for since some days will be longer than others and other days will be shorter. But when it comes to ending your meditation session you really need to learn to read your own mind and assess when you feel as though you have fulfilled and achieved what you have wanted to get out of your meditation for the day. Novices and beginners should start out doing shorter 5 to 10 minutes sessions and work their way up to 10 to 20 minute sessions or longer.


So when the time comes that you feel you are coming to the end of your meditation session you should slowly bring your mind into a more present state of consciousness and awareness of the environment around you. I always feel so refreshed and the colours of everything around me tends to have enhanced colours about them. You may wish to count a certain number of breathes prior to ending your session or alternatively you may have a specific ending mantra which you know and associate in bringing the meditation session to an end.
Having a few moments to reflect on your meditation session is so important because it acts like a debrief and allows you to give more analytical thought to how you are going to carry out the rest of the day.
Who doesn’t have 10 to 20 minutes each day to spare on one of the most important mental activities you can do to ensure the healthiness of your mind.
I am a strong believer in waking up early performing some physical activity and then performing 10 to 20 minutes worth of meditation.
I notice that meditation at the beginning of the day is a wonder way to put me into a happy, positive and relaxed state of mind to go out into the world and take it on with energy and enthusiasm.
Do not stress if you miss a day or 2 or however many days you have missed meditating because the beauty is that meditation will always be there for you whenever you want it. In saying this it is very good for you to be able to incorporate meditating into a habit thus introducing it into your daily living. So I hope that this blog post has in some way helped give you an insight into my experience of meditation and a brief step by step process of how to begin meditating yourself. After many years of not being bothered to look deeper into the power of meditation I am now just sorry that I did not look into it earlier. I would love to hear back from you about your first time meditation experiences, such as where you were, what you felt and any other profound experiences you have had from meditation – I would absolutely love to get you meditation feedback. I do look forward to trying out a meditation float tank and reporting on it and my experiences in the near future.
Joshua BoormanWe aim to provoke your conscious thought and discuss all topics to help you live more meaningful and purposeful lives. To meet the needs of University students and staff, the University’s College of Law Library has started offering a series of workshops called Guided Meditation for Relaxation. Last spring, Pushyamitra Veeramachaneni, Head of Access Services and Outreach at the University’s College of Law Library, attended a meditation session conducted by the Religious Studies Department. Workshop attendees will learn the different techniques of Preksha Meditation, the practice of purifying the emotions and conscious and realizing the own self. Andrea Seidel, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, thinks that meditation is a “strategy” for calming the mind and developing self-awareness of negative conditions, in particular.
Seidel teaches Yoga at the University and, over the course of a semester, sees many changes in students who apply themselves to the class. Though the workshop series initially started for law students, it is open to anyone in the University community. FIU Student Media is the student media department of the Florida International University in Miami, FL. For me the first time I ever heard about meditation when I was in year seven at school in about 1994 and my physical education teacher told our class that you would often see him on the play school grounds sitting there in the grass with his legs crossed his eyes closed and simply being quiet.
Whilst I am sure that meditation has been practiced as an activity for centuries I think that it has really become quite a popular and mainstream practice in recent times and in particular recent years.
In recent years I have been becoming more interested about this practice and have began to start taking part in the activity of meditation myself however my problem was that I just did not know how to start. But I often remember finding myself becoming extremely frustrated every time that I would try meditating only after a few minutes because I was simply unable to clear my mind and stop racing from one thought to another. One of my goals before setting off on this two week holiday was to try and really relax my body and reset my mind so that I could go back to work in a completely refreshed state. It was probably the best way to really start my meditating journey off since I was surrounded by beautiful natural settings my mind and body were already in a relatively relaxed state because I was on holidays and through being inspired by Dr Wayne Dyer’s writings I had a certain level of determination to succeed in being able to perform meditation.
But this time my mind was relatively relaxed and I was able to relax it even more by simply concentrating initially on my breathing. It tends to wander off all the time and think about different things but all I had to do was be conscious that my mind was wandering and try to bring it back to concentrate on my breathing and the fact that I was sitting there trying to relax my mind and meditate. It’s almost a feeling and experience which is really hard to describe but if I was to try to describe it I could say that it felt like I was in a trance like state having a minor out of body experience or as though I was kind of floating.
Everyone should develop their own mantra which inspires them or provides them with a platform to think about what they are seeking to achieve from their meditation. Whilst I was meditating I would think about each of the 7 facets of intention from one through to 7 and thinking about how I could act and think more positively about each of these facets of intention in my own life and bring more meaning and purpose to the way that I live. My mind is so relaxed that it felt like I didn’t have a care in the world and I physically had a smile on my face. But I do find that even if I don’t experience that floating or trance like state of mind and still performed 10 to 20 minutes of meditation it makes me a more positive, more relaxed, more happy, more understanding and definitely a more patient person in my daily life. The thing is that no one can do it for you, it is something that you need to do for yourself and you can read as many books and listen to as many people as you like who will tell you how great meditation is for you but it really will not hit home as to how powerful and amazing meditation really is until you experience it for yourself. I implore everyone who does not meditate or who has not experienced meditation before to take the time to really try and incorporate meditation into their daily lives. It is important to keep a good posture so sit upright with your back straight and your head held high. But you also want to ensure that you are alert and aware so that you can tune into your state of meditation.


It is important to try and choose a peaceful and quiet surrounding so that this is easy to do. You should inhale this air at a slow to medium pace but make sure that it is at a controlled level. Often I come to notice mid way through my meditation session that my breathing becomes faint since I am getting carried away with my other trance life thoughts and feelings. Generally, speaking it is usually a word, a phrase or even a sound which you repeat over and over throughout your meditation session. When we say focused we refer to being focused on your breathing or your mantra which ultimately leads to a heightened level of mental and physical relaxation.
The quicker you can putting these intruding thoughts to one side then the more focus you will have on your meditation task at hand. I really do notice the beauty in things around me when I open my eyes and I do like to just sit to appreciate the world I am living in. If you have time to sit down and watch TV, jump on Facebook or Twitter, or simply procrastinate then surely you have a small amount of time to devote to pursuing wellness of your mind. You may also have some tips of your own that you find help enhance your meditation sessions. According to her, it can prevent heart disease, reduce stress and significantly lessen ADHD. It combines the newspaper, The Beacon, which edited and produced by undergraduate students at FIU and is published Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays during the regular academic year and WRGP, the student-ran radio station, which runs 24 hours, seven days a week. He said to our students that if you ever see him there sitting down in the grass with his eyes closed it would mean that he was meditating and that often in the past people have come up to try and talk to him while he was meditating and he would simply ignore them.
Now I wasn’t completely sure as to what the experience of meditation would feel like that I was pretty sure that I was meant to relax, ease my mind and try to stop thinking about all the worrying and stressful things in my life. Before I left for Hawaii I purchased a collection of books one of which I spent most of my time in Hawaii reading called The Power of Intention by Dr Wayne Dyer who is really a world renowned self-development speaker, author and expert. The way that I would concentrate on my breathing was by imagining to myself that all the oxygen that I was breathing in through my nose was positive and pure energies which were basically cleansing my mind and my body. So everytime my mind would wander off I would make this shift of turning my mind’s attention back to my breathing and then my mantra which I will discuss with you shortly. It is hard to explain this feel that came across me but it was such a pleasant feeling and experience to have that I felt like I was in a certain zone or mind flow state where my breathing continued and my mind was just focused on relaxing and resetting itself. For me it was and still is the 7 facets of intention which were described in Dr Wayne Dyer’s book The Power of Intention. It is such a powerful and free mental activity that you can perform we each will only help you be happier more energetic and positive person with far more direction and clarity in your life. Posture and positioning is an extremely important first step to begin each meditation session. Once I realize this I just make a small shift of focus onto my breathing yet not detracting from my thoughts and feelings at that point in time. Start to remember where you are and the physical stimuli surrounding you, then when you feel you are ready you should gently open your eyes and just remain seated for a few moment to take in the beauty and colours that your see.
After reading this book it completely owned my eyes to a whole new way of thinking and to be quite honest with you it was this book which gave me the inspiration to start attracting a whole new level of high and positive energies into my life. Then every time that I would exhale I would imagine to myself that I was ridding my body and my mind of all the stresses and impurities that had built up over time.
These 7 facets of intention which I will discuss shortly assist my conscious thinking which Dr Wayne Dyer says should be introduced into a person’s life if they are seeking to attract higher and more positive energies.
As long as my mind is in a state of relaxation and thinking about these positive energies all the whilst still concentrating on my breathing in through my nose and exhaling out through my mouth then I find that this is the best process for me to engage in my meditation. I will never forget this first true experience that I had where I successfully sat down and relax my mind and was able to enjoy my meditation. Finally after I have scanned over my whole body I physically notice that I am completely relaxed.
Not only does it relax my mind and get the creative juices flowing but it also allows me time to reflect on what I need to do and visualize how I am going to accomplish my blueprint for the remainder of the day. It was also this book which sparked my interest into again having another go at taking part in meditation. I would try breathing the air in through my nose and exhaling the air are out through my mouth.
I will never forget where I was either – Turtle Bay Resort North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii. At times I would notice that my concentration would sometimes begin to wander off and would start to think about thoughts that were in my mind, this could have been random thoughts, stresses and pressures going on in my life or as simple as external stimuli that I could sense such as a bird chirping outside. It really was this one experience and first experience of meditation which has turned me to incorporating meditation into my life on a daily basis. My mind would start to wander and think about other things other than concentrating on my breathing.



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