Saturday, October 08, 2005

Meditation – Advice for the beginner

Maybe you’ve heard about the wonderful benefits of meditation; “It will relax you, center your thoughts, allow you to escape from your stressful day”. Why wouldn’t you want to take part in such an activity?

The truth is - most people never reap the considerable rewards that a quality meditation session can offer. After a few unsuccessful attempts, these individuals give up and conclude “meditation doesn’t work”. If you don’t believe meditation can work for you, I’d like to offer you a bit of perspective via the following exercise:

Go to a music store that sells pianos (if you can play piano, substitute this instrument with one you’ve never played before). Sit down at a piano and play some beautiful music. What, you can’t……? But I’ve heard that a person can play beautiful music on a piano. Maybe try a few more times. No doubt, if after three or four attempts you are not producing exquisite sounds from this instrument, you will come to the conclusion that “pianos don’t work”.

We all know that the piano is capable of producing music, so why are you not able to get it to work? It’s because, in order to play the piano successfully, you must take the time to learn how to the instrument works, and then spend many hours practicing.

Meditation is not a practice that will “work” the first time you try it. It took you awhile to learn how to ride a bike. You probably couldn’t catch a ball the first time you tried. Most likely, your first few meditation sessions won’t be very successful either. Instead of giving up, read some literature on meditation, research the subject on websites, and try to practice once a day for a month. Your local library probably has some meditation audio recordings or videos that you can borrow. Try a variety of meditations to find an approach that works well for you. With a bit of effort, you will get results from your meditation sessions.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just started yoga and it is pretty touph, I'm not that old but my knees are already feeling pretty stiff, I feel mentally stuck too sometimes. Meditation is closely linked to yoga and to be honest I don't really like it but then who likes change! The way I see it change both mental and physical is inevitable and it is how you adapt to it that deturmins your quality of life. So if your body is telling you things, or your mind, it is always best to act.

8:38 PM  
Blogger flashaltman said...

Hi Anonymous, thanks for writing. I am a strong proponent of Yoga, but this particular post was on meditation. Meditation on its own doesn't require any physical interaction at all. Mostly, meditation is about getting in touch with your inner self and escaping from the outer world.

If you are interested in yoga, I have another posting that you may be interested in )Yoga Beginner - Getting it Right.

This posting discusses taking a more relaxed and fun approach to yoga.

It's possible that a less critical approach to these disciplines may prove to be more effective (Don't worry about making mistakes - there are none. Miles Davis.).

Also, as this article suggests, give it time. The excercises we are discussing involve altering your conciousness. It won't happen overnight.

12:33 AM  

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