Meditation 101

Although physical health is talked about a lot, mental health is just as important. Meditation offers many benefits, such as clearing your head, relaxing and de-stressing.

It helps you to focus on yourself after a busy week, and it can help you to come to realizations or make tough decisions.

Setting up a time and a place for meditation may be difficult as a college student, but there are guidelines you can follow to make it a success.

Stage One: Preparation

Quiet places are the best so that you have no distractions, although some people enjoy listening to low volume, calming music or natural noises, such as rain or crickets.

You might want to put a “do not disturb,” sign on your door or meditate when no one is home so that you are not interrupted.

If you are sitting on your floor, make sure you have enough room. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that you can move around in.

Lastly, set an alarm for how long you want to meditate; once you set it, you won’t have to worry about checking the time.

Stage Two: Warmups

Do some gentle stretches before you meditate, such as standing up and bending over to touch your toes. You can also try sitting on the floor with your legs in front of you and reaching for your toes.

This is the beginning of the meditation process and you should start to feel relaxed.

Stage Three: Sitting positions

Find a sitting position that is comfortable for you. The most common one is called the Burmese position. Sit on the floor and cross your legs, with both of your feet touching the floor.

There are variations of this position, in which your feet rest on the calf of the opposite leg or the thigh of the opposite leg, depending on what is most comfortable to you.

Keep your back straight and let the rest of your muscles loosen up. Keep your arms loose and let your hands rest in your lap.

Stage Four: Breathing

After finding a position, focus on your breathing. Some people like to close their eyes, while others like to focus on a particular object or visualize a peaceful place.

Inhale deeply, and count that as one breath; exhale and count that as two. Once you get to 10, repeat the process.

Although this might sound simple, your mind will most likely start to wander, especially during your first time doing this. However, it is important not to get stressed or annoyed. Acknowledge your thought, and then begin again.

After becoming familiar with this method, you might not want to count anymore. As long as you can focus on your breathing, you are doing it properly.

Scheduling: Time Management

The best way to fit meditation in your schedule is to go by small increments. At first, try meditating for a few minutes, and add a few more each time.

Meditation can teach patience, improve your focus, and help you to unwind. With all these benefits, there’s no reason to not give it a try!

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