Kids worry about their exams, adults worry about their work and family, and older people about their health. No matter what age, stress seems to be a part and parcel of our lives today. According to research by TCOH, The Center of Healing, the added strain of the pandemic has risen the stress levels by almost 74 percent in Indians.
Now more than ever, our search for peace of mind is amplified, and thankfully, meditation is right here to rescue us.
Here’s how you should meditate to be stress-free, happy, and healthy.
Step 1: Get comfortable
From how to sit, where to sit, and what to wear, there should be comfort in every aspect.
How to sit?
You can sit on a chair, with your feet firm on the ground, or sit cross-legged on the floor or lie down.
Where to sit?
Meditation can be practiced in any quiet corner. You do not have to face any particular direction as well.
What to wear?
You do not want to be distracted with uncomfortable clothing while trying to achieve Zen. Anything lose and non-hugging to the body will be perfect.
Step 2: Shut down the outer world
Eyes are the windows to the outer world, but to take a dip within, you need to shut them gently. Slowly rest your gaze and loosen your jaw. Be careful not to shut them tight.
Step 3: Breathe mindfully
Your relaxation begins with this step. The mere act of inhaling and exhaling with closed eyes will calm you down. Begin with normal breathing, do not try to change the pace or intensity. Try to relax each body part with every exhale.
Step 4: Let them come, let them go
Your thoughts will come and go. Do not try to stop or dodge them. Meditation is the divine art of letting go, so let your thoughts come, consume you, and gently leave. Don’t try hard to keep your thoughts on track. When you notice your mind wandering, simply focus on breathing, and in no time, you’ll be back in your meditative zone.
The quiet spaces between your thoughts will become more frequent and longer with regular practice.
Step 5: The finale
Finish stronger than you started, by lifting your gaze very gently. Notice the voices around you. Feel the lightness in your mind and body. Let the state of bliss linger for a moment, stay there.
Do it for yourself, start slow, make mistakes, but don’t give up. It’s a practice that keeps giving.