How to Meditate

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Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

-Voltaire

    This post is obviously long overdue, to the point that many of you may have forgotten that we were in the middle of a 3-part series about meditation. Despite this, I feel it is only necessary to finish this series before I begin an article on a new topic. So, without further ado, I present: How to meditate.

Meditation is an extremely personal practice, supported by scientific studies, and practiced indirectly by every culture in the world. I wont go over the significance of meditation, you learned about that in the last article, however just know that meditation has amazing health benefits, whether or not you subscribe to the spiritual beliefs typically associated with it.

Because meditation is such a personal practice, be forewarned that there is no one way to do meditation. like everything I post on this website, find your own way, and if you have tips you have found to be helpful please share in the comments below. I will share with you some simple guidelines that i feel are helpful to start out with, however remember to create your own experience with meditation.

Location, Location, Location

The results you get when meditate depends on a wide variety of variables, location being one of them. try to find a relaxing place to meditate, however, make sure that you are familiar with the area or feel comfortable in the area. meditation can be dependent on whether or not you feel you have control, and by trying to meditate in an alien place, no matter how relaxing it may be, will achieve negative results.

The Breath

You can search on Google “How to Meditate” and you will get a variety of results, however, nearly all of them (unless they are trying to sell you something) make mention of the breath. While cliche at times, the breath is extremely important because it gives you a reference point, something to come back to when you are out of sensory stimulation. at this point in time you will probably be thinking about a variety of things, and by focusing on the breath, you can tune out the mental chatter.

Practice Makes Perfect

Another cliche is the “practice makes perfect”  saying that is attached to everything that is remotely difficult, but like the breath, it is cliche because it is so important. As humans, we are inherently scared of silence. Now more than ever, we are bombarded with sensory stimulus every second of our life, and because meditation aims to rid us of this sensory overload, we are uncomfortable with its prospects. Humans are beings of order, anything out of the ordinary we are not comfortable with, and by practicing whatever it may be (in this case meditation) your body is being accustomed to the lack of sensory stimulation.

While this article may not be the most comprehensive guide to meditation, I feel that these are some basic guidelines that everyone practicing meditation should consider.

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