Techniques for relaxation and inner harmony
A regular meditation practice can give many benefits including reducing tension and stress, lowering blood pressure, providing emotional release and clarity, increasing memory and concentration, and a sense of interconnectedness. For general wellbeing, it is usually recommended to practice meditation once per day. If you wish to apply the practices for health and healing, two or three sessions daily is advised. This is due to the effects of meditation generally lasting between half an hour to several hours after a practice. By meditating three times daily, it allows the body and mind to experience the benefits more continuously throughout the day.
Practicing meditation can be done in the morning, during the day or in the early evening. Try not to practice too late at night, as you might fall asleep during the session. It can be helpful to plan a regular time each day to meditate, especially if a quiet area conductive to your practice needs to be arranged. The amount of time dedicated to each session may vary, depending on a person's level of experience. Beginners usually start with a meditation of 5 to 10 minutes and gradually build to a period of 30 to 60 minutes.
Before beginning your practice, make sure that your mobile phone is turned off. Check that the room you are in is at a comfortable temperature and the lighting is at a suitably dimmed level. If you are playing any ambient music, make sure that the volume is not too loud. It can be handy to have a blanket nearby if you are likely to feel cold, and a pillow for back or neck support. Once your session has finished, have a glass of water or herbal tea to help ground you back to daily life.