This is how you should meditate

There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our state of mind and to change them for the better. Meditation teaches that it is the only real antidote to our own personal sorrows, and to the anxieties, fears, hatreds, and general confusions that affect the human condition. Meditation is a means of transforming the mind that encourages and develop concentration, clarity and positivity.

By engaging in a particular meditation practice you learn patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offer means to cultivate new and more positive ways of living a healthy life. With regular work and patience, these nourishing, focused state of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.

Learn to meditate…

The mantra - A mantra is a word or phrase that you silently repeat to yourself during meditation. The purpose of the mantra is to give you something to put your attention on other than your thoughts. You may use any phrase you like. Some people like to use words like ‘peace’ or ‘love’. You may choose any mantra of your own but choose a one that does not trigger any additional thoughts.

A comfortable place - It’s best to find a quiet location where you won't be disturbed. There is no need to sit cross-legged on the floor unless that is comfortable for you. You can sit on a chair or sofa or on the floor with your back against a wall. You may support yourself with cushions, pillows, or blankets. The goal is to sit as upright as possible while still remaining comfortable.

Close your eyes and take deep – Gently close your eyes and try taking a few cleansing breaths by inhaling slowly through your nose and then exhaling out your mouth. After a few breaths, continue to breathe at a normal relaxed pace through your nose with your lips gently closed.

Repeat the mantra in your mind without uttering the words - The repetition of your mantra should be soft, gentle and relaxed. The mantra does not need to correlate with the breath, though some people prefer to do so. For example, if using OM as your mantra, you could silently repeat ‘AAA’ on your inhalation and ‘UUMM’ on your exhalation. If you choose to correlate your mantra with your breath, do not become overly fixated on this. As your meditation continues, allow your breath to fall away into its own rhythm. The repetition of your mantra should be almost effortless. Sometimes it is helpful to imagine that rather than repeating the mantra to yourself, you are actually listening to it being whispered in your ear.