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A Simple Guide to Meditation Jiro Taylor

If you have ever said these things then this simple meditation guide is for you. It cuts through the layers of over complexities and the mystical dogma attached to the practice.

What is meditation in one sentence?

Meditation is the practice of being aware of your thoughts, inner feelings or physical senses.

Why do I need to meditate in one sentence?

Meditation will stop you from worrying about the past or the future, which reduces your stress levels and helps you get more enjoyment and play out of life.

How do I meditate in one sentence?

Close your eyes and take one breath in through the nose and one breath out through the nose.

How can that be it?

Meditation is not a complicated process. It is simple but it is not necessarily easy. It is a perfect metaphor for how life plays out. Simple it may be to understand, easy it is not to implement.

To help build your understanding of how to meditate weve listed seven simple ways of how to practice.

Beginners Never meditated

One: Eat one meal a day in silence

  1. Doing so will bring your awareness into the now

  2. Dont listen to anything, dont talk to anyone; just sit, eat, watch, and enjoy your meal

  3. I guarantee your food will actually taste better

Two: Drink one cup of tea per day

  1. Bring your full awareness into this experience, feeling every mouthful as it goes down

  2. Open up your senses by smelling the tea's aroma and by watching the liquid move around your cup

Three: Have a mindfulness shower

  1. In the shower close your eyes and become aware of your feet. Feel the energy pulsating in and around them

  2. Then become aware of your hands

  3. Ask yourself How do I even know I have hands?

  4. Do each foot and hand for ten seconds

Intermediate Meditated before but still need guidance in their practice  

Four: Body awareness before going to sleep

  1. When lying in your bed before sleep, close your eyes and by starting at the feet feel the energy in your body

  2. Focus your attention on one particular body part at a time for a count of ten seconds

  3. Move up from your feet to your head, passing through your knees, thighs, buttocks, hips, chest, back, hands, arms, shoulders, and head

Five: Counting the breath for five minutes

  1. Find a comfortable chair to sit in with your back straight and feet flat on the floor

  2. Close your eyes

  3. Become aware of your feet flat on the floor for thirty seconds, feeling the energy around them

  4. Notice your breath and begin to count it going in and out count from one to ten full breaths, then return to one and begin again

  5. If you are unable to feel your breath, take conscious breaths instead.

  6. Inhale through the nose with the belly expanding, and exhale through the nose as the belly contracts

Six: Counting Numbers for five minutes

  1. Take up the same position as when counting the breaths sitting down

  2. Close your eyes and count one to one hundred

  3. As you count in your mind visualise the number been drawn in your mind's eye

  4. I have recommended just five minutes to begin with for these practices, over time aim to increase them to about twenty minutes per day. Always set your timer before the practice.

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