What do you need for meditation?

Meditation object (an ‘object’ that you can focus your attention on during the meditation)

You select a word (mantra) that you constantly repeat in spirit (as an alternative, also repeated spoken out loud). When choosing mantras, their original meaning is secondary, i.e. it is beneficial that such words have no meaning in our language. These bring the best results as words with meaning would only trigger a lot of associations and thoughts (interference). The goal is to empty the mind of all other thoughts.

Meditation posture (body position, in which the participant can remain motionless for a long time)
The chosen body position should be firm and comfortable. Such a position needs to be firm so that the body can remain in it without requiring attention. It should be comfortable, so that the body is not perceived as being distracting. Initially, whether a position is comfortable is usually only a matter of the time. After prolonged sitting, all positions which were comfortable at first become uncomfortable. This    is because body and mind need to get used to long, motionless sitting.

Place of meditation
It is recommended to have a special room for your meditations. If this is not feasible, find a room, which has the following advantages: 

  • The room should not be particularly busy and without sound and noise.
  • The air should be full of oxygen (ventilation, fresh countryside air), this minimises the risk of sleepiness.
  • The temperature should not be too warm, but somewhat cooler. Due to the soporific effect of warmer rooms, it is better to use a light blanket than to increase the room temperature.

 

Meditation blanket and meditation clothing
The blanket should be made of pure cotton or wool and should be large enough so that you can sit comfortably on it in your meditation position.
Clothing should be provided, so that the abdomen is not constricted and it can be worn loosely. This is important as you should be able to breathe freely into the abdomen during meditation.

Goal formulation
Before you start meditation, formulate a goal that you want to achieve in meditation. Decide how long the meditation will last and that you will not stop prematurely. Set yourself smaller goals at the beginning, and you will have quicker success. In turn, this will motivate you to enjoy meditation in the future.
Typical goal formulation could be, for example: I will sit motionless for half an hour and during this time   I will enunciate the meditation object clearly and without a break.

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