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Quieten your mind and relax your body
"Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction."— Sri Chinmoy
Many international leaders, world-class performers and influencers attribute much of their success to the daily practice of meditation. When thought-leaders such as Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss talk about the benefits of their daily practices, you know they must be onto something good.
I'm a novice when it comes to meditation; but I'd love to learn more. This winter, the Sri Chinmoy Centre is offering several different classes as part of their Winter Program for newbies like me to explore the virtues of meditation.
The classes are free, and include a variety of techniques suitable for beginners, as well as experienced meditators.
Topics covered in the classes include: 1. Practical Tips for Meditation 2. Relaxation & Breath Control 3. Guided Visualisation 4. Quietening the Mind 5. Understanding the Heart Centre
6. Open-eye Concentration
7. Chanting (Mantra)
8. The Role of a Guru
9. Music in Meditation
Free follow up classes are also available for anyone wishing to further their practice in a group context.
Once you know the basics of meditation, success lies in regular practice. Here are some tips on how you can make meditation a regular part of your life:
1. External environment – find a quiet place in your home where you can meditate without being disturbed.
2. Set up your environment – grab some cushions, a small table and a few 'props' that inspire you, such as some fresh flowers, candles, incense, a picture of a spiritual teacher, etc. You could also play some simple meditative music. Don't use a clock in this space, as it will distract you. If you want to time yourself, use the alarm on your phone.
3. Managing distractions – Family, housemates, neighbours, etc. are likely to intrude on your meditation time. The trick is not to react to these interruptions. Don't become angry, just accept them and continue to meditate regardless. Not eating for a couple of hours before meditating is a good idea. Taking a shower beforehand also helps the body to relax.
4. Find a time that works for you and try to stick to it. Consistency is the key to building a positive meditation habit.
"If we can practice meditation daily, then rest assured that all our problems, inner and outer, will be solved." – Sri Chinmoy