Concept of Meditation
Since so many years we have this concept in our mind that Meditation is only for Saints, Spiritual Leaders, holy men and not for the layman. That’s why most of us think that Meditation is very difficult and needs years of practice to achieve that calm state of mind. In my previous post, I have already discussed few such myths about meditation.
Meditation may seem to be difficult for one main reason i.e. one expects an outcome in a particular form. If the outcome is not as per expectation, meditation becomes difficult.
From my experience, I can say that meditation is not the outcome or a destination, it’s a journey. Initially, even I didn’t see any major change but after a few weeks, I noticed that I was becoming more aware of my thoughts.
But to experience something like this you must do it regularly. Also, do not try to compare your experiences with others. By comparing you will again start expecting a specific kind of an output.
If you are a beginner, I would recommend you to try a few Guided Meditations. Guided meditations are pretty simple and you do not have to do anything in particular. All the instructions are given, you just simply need to follow them.
Do not try hard to concentrate or focus. It’s okay if something goes here and there, with next instruction coming from your trainer, you will be back on track.
Guided Meditation makes meditation really simple and enjoyable. It’s like a fun ride, you just sit and enjoy.
Importance of Meditation with Pranayama
Pranayama in simple words means breathing exercise where the focus is on the flow of Prana in your body.
There are various types of Pranayamas which you can do. I strongly recommend you do all of these breathing exercises under the guidance of trained yoga and meditation teacher.
Why is Pranayama important while meditating?
Pranayama smoothens oxygen circulation in the body. Many Pranayamas focus on increasing the lung capacity which eventually helps you breathe fully and energize your body.
Pranayama brings stillness and calmness in your body hence can be combined together while meditating.
Simple alternate nostril breathing can immediately bring you back in the present moment and makes meditating a lot easier. Before meditation do Pranayama for a few minutes and you will not struggle to meditate.
Important Note – Do not practice Pranayama at a polluted place where dust, smoke, etc. are present. Choose a room which is well lit and ventilated.
I usually avoid doing Pranayama and Meditation in an air-conditioned room because I catch a cold but it varies from person to person.
Let me know how was your experience of Meditation and Pranayama in the comments section.