Have you ever noticed that while your mind is often willing to focus when meditating, it will generally insist on lapsing into ‘dreamland’ for the rest of the day?
The challenging part in mindfulness mindfulness meditation baltimore is to not get caught up in the thoughts. Allow the thoughts to come and go without getting involved with them.
Trying to stop your mind from thinking is like trying to stop a river from flowing with your bare hands… it’s exhausting and almost impossible to accomplish!
Many Catholics, pray the rosary, which is also a form of mantra meditation. The Bible says to meditate on the name of the Lord, many people use a form of mantra meditation with the words Jehovah, or praise Jesus.
It is important for you to let go of any expectation you might have about your meditation. Sometimes we desire to have an experience we had before again because it was so wonderful. This desire can stop the flow and be in the way of what wants to happen in meditation right now and we might not get the experience we needed to take our next step forward. Letting go of expectation help us to be more open to what is happening and that what wants to happen in response to our desire.
Now that you’ve figured out how your body wants you to sit, and what feels natural to you for your meditation, we outline the basic steps to get you going. It is assumed that you already have a time and a place you’re going to meditate that’s quiet, where you won’t be disturbed.
I’ve come to define meditation as a state of stillness to further one’s awareness. I’ve spent time doing what I term “formal” meditation, sitting and quieting the mind. I’ve practiced walking meditation, a total awareness of my surroundings and actions as I moved. In the end, I’ve dropped both practices and moved into what I’ll term as creative meditation. Or how I now practice meditation through creativity.
Having said this, if you meditate while lying down (on your bed, sofa, floor), you are very likely to fall asleep. You should be comfortable when you meditate, but the strongly recommended posture is sitting in a chair with your back (reasonably) straight and upright (to keep your spine straight) and both your feet flat on the floor. Some prefer sitting on the floor, as they feel a more “grounding” connection with the earth; this is also fine. As for sitting “Lotus” style, if this is comfortable for you, by all means do so; but, it’s not required.