Meditation is like Sports, and activities such as athletics, basketball, football, volleyball, table tennis (had to mention this one), and tennis forms the sport. Equally, numerous paths for meditation exist, meaning there exists thousands of techniques based on individuals. Now, common practices such as in Mindfulness meditation exist, with my favorite and easiest path being breath awareness. In this technique, one practices mindfulness in breathing, consciously focusing on the process.
Meditation is a process of giving full attention to something, such as breath. Here’s a simple technique you should try. In a comfortable position, close your eyes (minimize visual distractions), bring your awareness slowly down to your body and let the muscles relax (take the time to enjoy letting go off the tension). It is imperative to do this since meditation is a science and art of surrender, from the body to the mind. Once relaxed, bring the attention to breath, notice the lungs causing the chest to dilate and relax, focus on the diaphragm movement, then breathe without trying to control it. You see what they mean when they say “just breathe” that’s just it. Do this while letting yourself experience the breathing process in an open and accepting way. Do not judge or attempt to change it; just open yourself fully until you attain the oneness between you and breath.
Numerous thoughts will arise during this process: “I’m I doing it right? When is it over? Should I close the window? I forgot to make that call!” and other many, many thoughts. These thoughts will call for some reaction, response, judgment, or action. Do not pursue the thoughts, equally, do not get rid of them, but rather simply watch and remain aware. See how restless your mind is, it turns as you do at night when you cannot fall asleep. Don’t engage the mind otherwise you will be caught in a never-ending loop of restless activities. Instead, just attend to the thoughts without reactions, and if you react, attend to the reaction not the thought. Note it is the reactions that normally disturb you and not the thoughts.
Meditation is about attending as we begin by attending to the breath. When thoughts come, attend to them, notice, and be open to them and they will pass. Then, come back to the breath. As human beings, we react to all our thoughts, and this keeps you in a never-ending game with your brain. Meditation trains you to attend to things without actually reacting, and this makes all the difference. Gives you freedom from the mind, facilitates mental discipline, and alleviates us from mental turmoil leading to peace, inner joy, contentment, relief and most of all, gratitude.
Meditation enables us to learn and remain open to whatever comes our way in daily life; prompting us to give our full attention to the Now.