Meditation as a word is often overused and the actual practice of meditation is underutilized. Meditation, however, is actually a direct means of becoming fully integrated with one’s truest self. Join Dr. Cori for her morning meditation this Wellness Wednesday.
The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Yoga text, also known as the Gita, teaches that the mind must be made one-pointed through the practice of meditation. And the Gita teaches meditation in the simplest form or the most basic technique. You don’t need a bunch of rituals, or a deerskin-covered seat or some other elaborate setup to meditate, you just need to find an appropriate place to meditate that is clean and comfortable. Meditation is an internal practice that emphasizes concentration; it doesn’t matter what is going on around you, it matters what is going on in your mind.
So find a comfortable seat, sitting tall with an elongated spine. Sitting up straight prevents drowsiness so always practice meditation with a strong posture, never slouching or hunched over. As you grow in your practice, sitting up straight also facilitates the flow of vital energy. The untrained mind is restless, so expect there to be wandering thoughts. The practice of meditation brings the mind back to Self, so it can rest comfortably in deep contemplation.
So often I hear women say, they can’t meditate. They can’t turn off their thoughts. And in fact, that is not the goal. The Gita teaches that trying to control the mind is like trying to catch the wind. You have to approach the practice of meditation without expectation.
Start to commit to daily meditation practice. And no worries if it’s not daily, the consistent effort toward a goal to improve oneself is never wasted.
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