This is a guest post by Amy.
An avid blog reader and writer.
SETTING THE SCENE
If you are a beginner to the world of meditation, you are most probably looking for ways to make your meditative practices as easy as possible. There are endless ways to develop your meditation technique from your starting point - you can focus on unlimited methods, try to develop psychic abilities, incorporate yogic positions and positive affirmations, but without some success at the beginning of your long and blissful journey, it is all too easy to become frustrated and give up before you make any decent progress.
Make no mistake about it, frustration really is your greatest enemy when it comes to meditation, and our modern and stressful lifestyles certainly do not help in any way. We have all become used to being quite demanding and impatient in our lives, expecting to see positive and pleasing results from all that we do with a minimum of effort.
Whilst meditation is by no means supposed to be exhausting or stressful, it isn’t necessarily a fast process or one which delivers instant pleasing results without some dedication and hard work going into it. However, it is precisely the same stressful circumstances which we live in that make meditation as a regular practice more important than ever for the cultivation of a healthy, happy and peaceful lifestyle. We put ourselves through all sorts of stress and pressure in the pursuit of wealth and comfort, so much so that without balancing and harmonizing our bodies and minds at regular intervals, we may end up not even noticing or enjoying the fruits of our labour, or putting ourselves at risk of disappointment and disillusion.
Creating a blissful space
When it comes to getting started with meditation, it is vitally important that you have a special place in which to do it. It is highly recommended that you separate a space in your home which is used primarily for meditation. This way, the area will be free from psychic disturbances and maintain its positive and peaceful atmosphere, making meditation easier and more comfortable each time you do it. This doesn’t have to be an entire room, but can easily be just a corner, a special seat or a part of your bedroom. As long as you recognise and acknowledge the space as ‘your meditation spot’ and return to it over and over again, keeping it clean and tranquil. Many people like to burn incenses in this area to cleanse the air and develop a relaxing, sweet smelling atmosphere, and many people also like to incorporate plants to their meditation space too, as they provide a more relaxing ambience to the area.
One of the most important components of your meditation space is that it needs to be completely free from distraction. This means that you should at the very least make sure that all unnecessary electrical appliances are turned off, or moved away from your space - electrical signals in the air around you can cause psychic disturbances, and you definitely do not want your phone ringing or instant messages popping up on your computer when you are trying to meditate! Such distractions are a sure way to block your relaxation and cause frustration.
However, computers can be useful if used correctly. Many people nowadays are finding an easy way to reach a meditative state by using meditative music and intelligently engineered audio files played through headphones or high quality speakers. If you want to make your beginning stages of meditation simpler and more relaxing, and add an element to your meditation which almost guarantees freedom from distraction, then consider using meditative music and incorporating this into your space
Amy is an avid blog reader and writer and has been writing articles on for websites for quite a while.
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