Intro to Meditation

Meditation is the art of freeing yourself from distraction.

Focus your mind on the present to transcend the confines of the world around you. Life’s ups and downs happen all around. Highs and lows.

How to meditate?

Meditation is a practice that allows you to focus your mind and achieve a state of calm and relaxation. Here are some simple steps to get started with meditation:

  1. Find a quiet and comfortable space: Select a peaceful environment where you can sit or lie down without interruptions.
  2. Assume a comfortable posture: Sit on a cushion or chair with your back straight, or lie down on your back. Choose a position that you can maintain for the duration of your meditation.
  3. Close your eyes and relax: Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax your body and clear yo

The alternative to practiced meditation and concentration includes distress, despair, and disturbed breathing.

Yoga Sutra 1.31

How to deal with distraction?

Distraction exists in your mind. Consider this next time you are working and are tempted to get a snack. Distractions are everywhere and easily accessible, but you have the power to focus on your task without seeking distraction.

This example, focusing on work without distraction, is a way to understand distraction from your worldly point-of-view. But what if you take it one step further and use the example as a metaphor for distraction from the connection between yourself and the universe?

Awareness of the oneness between yourself and the universe is Samadhi, the ultimate intention of meditation and yoga.

The confines of social obligations continually disrupt the sense of ease that meditation provides. You meditate to find ease within the trappings of society, but along the way you will discover that every task you do, regardless of how “important” it seems is actually a distraction from a universal connection. The challenge is that you must live a worldly existence, replete with jobs and experiences and relationships. The trick is to accept those distractions into your life gracefully. Find balance between meditating and living your life.

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The myth of the wise person sitting on top of the mountain is an archetype of escape from the confines of society. The story exists in the collective canon as a way to illustrate meditation as a transcendent and literal state of being. But glorifying meditation in this unlikely scenario is a hyperbolic way of viewing the practice.

Literally escaping the trappings of society and its accompanying distractions, frustrations and sorrows isn’t necessary because meditation provides an avenue to metaphorically escape the confines of the mind.

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Use meditation as a tool to control your reactions. Meditation teaches you how to acknowledge yourself, understand your intrinsic value and accept who you are in this present moment – without having to live out your days in solitary reflection on top of a mountain.

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