lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.
Thoughts During Relaxation Meditation 101
Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal.
Don’t try to do anything with them – let them be.
If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra (a word or affirmation you repeat silently) or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts.
Breathing During Relaxation Meditation
When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly.
The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial.
Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time.
It’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week.
The Five Things That Can Happen During Meditation
- Experience thoughts.
- Mentally repeat the mantra.
- We can have thoughts and repeat the mantra at the same time. If this happens to you, place greater attention on the mantra.
- Our thoughts and the mantra can cancel each other out, and we can slip into that place of stillness between our thoughts, the “gap.”
- We can fall asleep. If you fall asleep, when you awaken and if time permits, allow yourself about five or ten minutes to complete your meditation.
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