Since your return from your vacation in Southeast Asia, you are completely out of touch with your stressful daily life. During your stay, you had discovered a certain attraction for the Buddhist religion, or at least for its philosophy of life.
And after having happily inquired about it and having visited many temples, you had experienced a meditation session, during which you had found peace and spiritual harmony...
Today, would you like to be able to reproduce this perfect parenthesis in time and enjoy the benefits of meditation at home? Then follow our advice.
How does one achieve good meditation?
Meditation is a spiritual mental practice based on optimal concentration on an idea or object, which is called the reference point.
The goal is to deepen our senses, by finding ourselves face to face with ourselves in order to better appreciate and consider ourselves and, thus, develop a certain "awakening" to everything around us, whether physical or emotional.
If we were to translate it into an image, meditation would represent the mind that recollects itself in order to better see within itself.
Meditation is therefore a very simple act, from the moment one decides to immerse oneself in it, and requires almost no cost. However, a few conditions are necessary to obtain the desired results during a meditation session.
How to set up your meditation corner?
First of all, it is important to find one of the quietest corners of your home, the ideal being to always be able to recharge your batteries at this same place. Place a mat where you will be comfortable when you are barefoot on the floor. No matter the size or color, the important thing is that it suits you best.
You can also surround yourself with green plants, as if you were in a garden, and why not with an aquarium where fish of singular colors would swim. While the idea of an aquarium may seem imposing, a simple water fountain can do the trick, the important thing being to hear the soothing sound of the water as it flows.
The idea of one or more frames containing mantra words to recite is interesting, but a cushion is essential for your comfort during your sessions. Also, there are meditation cushions perfectly adapted to these sessions where you stay for a certain time in the position called Lotus.
How to meditate well using meditation tools?
There you are, you are at home, well installed in the meditation corner that you have just created for yourself. You are about to start a session, so remember to check the last details for a successful meditation in the best conditions.
To begin, remember that it is important to practice in silence or accompanied by appropriate music that can remind you of the serenity and Zen side of Buddhism.
The tinkling of small Tibetan bells can also be pleasant, especially if accompanied by the thick, sweet smoke of incense sticks. Just make sure that the fiery red tips turn to dust and do not dirty your carpet.
Complete this ritual with one or more candles, and you are ready for meditation in the essential conditions to reach "awakening". Let's not forget that the Mâlâ bracelet, a real meditation accessory stuck between your left thumb and index finger, is also part of the ritual when it is used in mantra recitations.
So much for the advice, now to each one his own vision of the layout of a meditation space. We are all different and everyone can design their own place to meditate in their own way. The important thing is to feel comfortable, comfortable in body and mind. Some people meditate lying in bed, others standing with their eyes closed and their hands hanging from the railing of a subway car. There are no rules or instructions on how to practice meditation. So do it the way you feel.
How to go further in meditation?
Recently, you have set up a cocoon space in your home and you have started to meditate gently, with a daily session of about fifteen minutes.
From day to day, you feel much better than a few weeks ago, when you had the feeling of suffocating under the weight of stress and your repeated insomnia.
Today, after having read a book on the subject, you wish to go further in the practice of meditation. You have the feeling that you need to discover all that it has to offer in depth.
So, here are a few tips to deepen your meditation, gently.
Finding "Awakening" in oneself
Meditation is a personal mental act that allows you to find yourself face to face with yourself to better free yourself from the shackles of everyday life.
It is a spiritual practice that requires a strong concentration, and a real spirit of openness to the energies that are in each of us and those around us.
The practice of meditation over the long term therefore allows us to balance our own internal Chakras, and once the energy is diffused within us, to develop our mind and well-being at the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.
Thus, with patience and a lot of will power in the act of daily practice, and with the help of accessories such as the Mâlâ bracelet, some people have been able to find in them the ultimate goal of meditation called "Awakening".
The same one who, in ancient times, had transformed the young Siddhartha Gautama into the Enlightened Buddha. But for that, it is still necessary to go further in the process of meditation...
Also known as Mindfulness Meditation, mindfulness meditation could be summed up as being more present. More present for oneself and, of course, for everything around us.
Mindfulness is first and foremost about feeling alive, listening to ourselves breathe and being aware of all the emotions that may be going through us.
It is then listening, contemplating and sharing with everything around us. It's taking the time to see all that we didn't see before, when we were "ostrich-like" in the face of the worries of daily stress.
Practicing mindfulness means taking the time to stop and let your mind drift to something present, there at that moment. It is therefore a sensation of slowing down time, to give way to more calm, serenity and present life.
Also, the practice of mindfulness in meditation can be practiced anywhere, since it is enough to stop one's activities for a few moments, the time to become aware that one is alive, present and anchored to the earth, and to listen to oneself breathe.
Thus, each moment of your daily life can be transformed into mindfulness meditation, simply by concentrating fully on being "present".
The spiritual practice of meditation is a personal experience that can take us very far in terms of spirituality, but sometimes the person concerned may go through a more or less long period of "stagnation", where it will be difficult to reach a higher level in the practice itself.
It is during this period that some take the opportunity to go on a ten-day retreat called Vipassana.
Vipassana, which translates as "to really see things" in Pali, is a meditation technique from India, which is essentially based on attention.
Thus, during a 10-day workshop, offered in various places around the world, you will focus your attention on the sensations you will experience while sitting in a suit in absolute silence.
The practice of Vipassana is a very tiring technique that requires a lot of regularity, patience and willpower. After a beginning that is not very convincing in terms of feelings, little by little your mind will let go and refine itself to, in the end, obtain pleasant internal sensations, and even unpleasant ones.
And this is the goal of this technique, because you will have to remain in an equal mood and in total indifference with these feelings.
According to the teachings of Buddha, the passage by the Vipassana would be the ultimate way to put an end to all our sufferings... Attention however with the condition of isolation specific to this practice which can put off the most fragile among us.
A meditation in all serenity
Whether it is fluid like mindfulness meditation or quite rough like Vipassana, the complements to the practice of meditation remain a very personal choice if you feel like practicing them.
For there is no such thing as good or bad meditation. The only meditation that can count is yours, and it belongs to you fully.