What is Meditation, and How to Practice

Hey guys, what’s going on? As always, my name is Clark. It has been a while since I wrote about meditation, so today let us discuss: what is meditation and how to practice it. I will share some simple methods to meditate (to be honest you do not need rocket-science level intellect to understand how to meditate), after I go through a general discussion regarding meditation below.

Although I have written on the subject of meditation multiple times before today, I think it is good to look at it from a different perspective each time.

What is meditation?

Meditation is said to be a practice of going all the way to the source of pure consciousness. And every time you managed to reach that place, the power that you tap into is of a higher level and stays with you longer after you come out of meditation.

In terms of physical and mental benefits, meditation is said to help us reduce stress, age slower, strengthen our immune system, improve our concentration, among many others. But when I think of meditation, I think of the spiritual and emotional benefits it provides.

It is said that meditation enables one to release resistance (to improved circumstances), because we are no longer thinking about a problem that is plaguing us, or thinking about how to get something we’ve wanted for some time. This brings (sometimes) immediate calm and optimism. The more you meditate, the easier it becomes for you to connect to, using the words above, the source of pure consciousness.

In that place you will feel pure unadulterated peace, love, and joy, without effort. Do you notice that even when you put in a conscious effort to feel good, usually you would fail to do that? Your mind would keep fighting your intention? And the mind usually wins? Well, that’s because it is very difficult to fight against your conditioning. The little voice inside you that says making money is hard, all the good ones are taken, it’s very difficult in this economy to make LARGE amounts of money, etc.

That’s why you should meditate when you don’t feel good, even if that is the time when you would not feel like meditating at all. Although it doesn’t make sense, I find that when I am tired or frustrated the more my mind wants to engage in some activity and the less I feel like meditating. Also, try meditating first thing in the morning for the boost it provides to the rest of your day. And then just observe how much better your day seems to progress. Because when you release resistance what you have asked for (your desires) materialize.

And that would be the end of this section. Sorry that it is not very long, but I believe the key points have already been delivered above. There is a previous article I wrote which I recommend you now read. It will help you avoid the pitfalls of meditation.

Now, on we go to the next section…

How to practice it

I have written about some simple ways to meditate. One of the simplest methods has got to be breath meditation. What you do with this method is 1) pick a private place and time, 2) spend some moments to relax your body and mind, and maintain this relaxation throughout your meditation, and 3) gently put your focus and attention on your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it enters and exits your nostrils. When your mind wanders off to something else, once you realize this gently bring your attention back to your breath. When your mind wanders off to something else again, you gently bring your attention back to your breath again.

When you meditate, you take your mind off whatever it is that is bothering you. Just doing this is good enough to lead you closer to the solution that you seek, because when you are focused on a problem it seems to get bigger and bigger until it seems insurmountable.

And that’s it. Here are some other simple ways to meditate but to be honest breath meditation is already such a powerful technique. If you have enjoyed this, please share. Please come back often to this website, and feel free to subscribe to my emails! And finally just leave any questions or comments that you may have below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks a lot!

6 thoughts on “What is Meditation, and How to Practice”

  1. What a very simple, understandable explanation! When I read it, it all seems so easy. However, when I try it, that’s a different story…
    You say “gently bring your attention back to your breath” That’s my number one problem with meditation. My mind seems to even speed up, instead of calming down. I can bring my attention back countless times, it always wanders off again, as there are million things to be solved, decided on, or thought through, and so on. Do you have some advice how to overcome it?
    Thanks!

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    • I think the first advice I can give to you is to put aside enough time for meditation. You’ll need some time for your thoughts to slow down. And if you’re focusing on your breath your thoughts would slowly but surely begin to subside. You don’t make your thoughts subside, you focus on your breath and the thoughts slow down. And remember, you’re not meditating to solve your problems, you’re meditating to reach that place of feeling good. You can think of the solutions that come afterwards as a side effect.

      Secondly, don’t be rigid. Relax as much as you can. You can move during meditation if you feel like it. It could well be the energy of Source/God flowing through you and causing you to move.

      Do try meditating again and let me know if it works this time!

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  2. Hey,

    It’s great that I came across this article as I have been talking about meditation with my girlfriend and thinking about it a lot. I believe that it might help me with how I am feeling during lock-down. I have been getting a bit anxious and going back to the office is making me a little nervous. I think I might give meditation a try and see if it can help clear my mind and focus on different things.

    I will let you know how I get on with it and if I have any questions or issues, I will get in touch. If that is OK?

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Hi Tom, for sure that would be OK. That’s what this website is here for :).

      Just out of curiosity, why are you nervous about going back to your office?

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  3. Hi Clark,
    Really good your article. Meditation is an excellent practice to consistently improve life-quality. I have my own experiences on this. Especially when times are hard, after short meditation sessions, in my case I made better decisions that took to better scenarios over several different life and work matters.
    I am very thankful for you sharing this information because it reminds me of the benefits and shows others as well that may not have experienced the power of meditation themselves.

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    • I couldn’t have said it better myself. There isn’t an obvious link between focusing on your breath for 20 minutes and better life situations. Who would have thought? Meditate and more money comes in? But wiser people than myself have said this is true. And I have tried it, and I think those wise people are right. Now some people would argue that these better life situations just happen to occur a short while after my meditation. Coincidences. But every single time? There has to be something there.

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