The Challenges of Modern Life
The interest in meditation has grown exponentially in the last decade. This is often thought to be a reaction against a combination of circumstances. People are overwhelmed by too much information in their daily lives, which prevents their brains from switching off. Everything changing so fast, there is anxiety and stress about an uncertain future.
Increase in the use of technology while increasing communication is also decreasing personal human interaction. People value being assessed by their outward appearance and achievements, instead of who they are as a human being. There is a fundamental lack of balance in their life between work and relaxation.
Meditation As a Daily Practice
Apart from Yoga, Meditation is another widely used terminology nowadays, but only you a few know what it really means. Also, there are so many different meditation techniques that it is unclear what they all have in common to call each one of them as Meditation. So what really is ‘Meditation’? Meditation means to focus on something so intensely that it is the only thing that exists. Proper Meditation is when you don’t exist anymore and only the object that you are meditating on exists.
Meditation seeks to control the mind by using an array of repetitive techniques to stop the overactive mind from judging, analyzing, criticising and indulging in past regrets and future fears. Repetition in meditation for beginners is not ‘boring” but a technique to calm the mind.
Also, Regular meditation practice will help you to experience different states of consciousness. For eg. focusing on the breath can help one calm down their mind and pave way for cosmic love to manifest itself. Similarly, listening to a visualization meditation can help one to refocus the mind and invoke more positive feelings.
Benefits of Regular Meditation Practice
Calm One’s mind and experience inner balance.
Rediscover the ‘love inside’ you.
Increase focus and concentration.
Help One to become more creative.
Improves physical health by strengthening the immune system and balancing the nervous system.
Reduces stress and helps to prevent and reduce the incidence of many illnesses.
Takes One deeper into their own spirituality.
Suitable for religious and non-religious people, as well as atheists and agnostics.
Live a more positive joyous life
Classroom Learning Vs. Online Learning
In recent times, there has been an explosion of apps and self-learning videos that makes Meditation for Beginners quite accessible online. All these resources can be beneficial as an introduction to meditation, however, they are only the first step in the process and certainly have their limitations.
It is quite important to be aware of the fact that Meditation is ultimately a lifelong practice, like having good nutrition or exercising is. You would never clean your teeth once and think that is enough. Equally, you cannot calm your mind once and that is enough. You have to build up a bank of calmness with a constant daily practice.
Hence if you can, it is better to find a meditation teacher. An experienced teacher can clearly explain to you how to meditate, step by step, at our own pace. Just being in the presence of someone who has meditated a long time also has a very calming effect.
Meditation for Beginners Practices by Bhakti Marga
Bhakti Marga provides 2 Meditation for Beginners practices that dive into the mysteries of ancient techniques used to calm mind, gain clarity, cultivate inner balance and establish a deeper connection with yourself and others. Our techniques will help you still the mind and drop into the silence of the heart where love can blossom.
These 2 techniques Simply Meditation and Project Mantra are personalized for the current times to encash the power of simple breathing as well as visualization exercises and Mantra repetitions.
Simply Meditation: Calm Your Mind
Beyond peace, there is another, deeper aspect to meditation: rediscovering a love inside of you which is unconditional. Love is not dependent on something outside of you – like a partner, house, job, etc. When you are less dependent on love outside of you, paradoxically, you can enjoy life more. Unconditional love resides within you, you just have to access it.
This can also be experienced through a meditation technique called ‘Simply Meditation’. This technique is perfect for Meditation for beginners as it brings peace and balance to your life, as well as helps you in discovering the deep love inside of you. Simply Meditation is a derivative of another Bhakti Marga practice Kriya Yoga and can guide you on the journey of mind to the heart.
You can learn Simply Meditation with a specially trained teacher in only 3.5 hours over a weekend or over a three week period for one hour a week. If you are interested to learn Simply Meditation with an experienced, qualified teacher please proceed to the Bhakti Marga UK Simply Meditation page.
Meditation classes are available in cities throughout the UK, including London and Manchester.
Project Mantra: Experience the Power of Mantras
The Sanskrit language, coming from the Eastern traditions has been scientifically proven to have a more positive effect on the brain and body than any other language. Mantra meditation uses the power of special Sanskrit words which when chanted with the correct pronunciations and repetitions could help in producing uplifting life experiences.
The word ‘Mantra’ means protection of mind from outside negativity. Mantras and sound have a great impact on us because they carry the divine frequency, the frequency of the universe, of harmony, of life and love. When we chant a mantra sincerely, we attune to its vibration. Mantras can be chanted aloud individually or in a group. They can also be chanted silently inside.
Project Mantra will teach you two very powerful mantras which you can practice daily in your own time. The course is free and lasts a few hours, which makes it an excellent meditation for beginners practice. There is no course fee only a donation. If you are interested in joining a Project Mantra course with a qualified teacher, please proceed to the Project Mantra meditation page
Best Time to Meditate
5-10 minutes of meditation for beginners every day can make a big difference to the quality of your daily life experience.
However, the best time to meditate is before breakfast, dinner or sleep. The worst time to meditate is after a heavy meal. A full stomach is busy digesting food and there is less energy to concentrate on meditation. You can also meditate on a train or plane in a car (not driving). Also, you can chant mantras while walking.
Also Read: Yoga for Beginners Courses