What is meditation? The answer to this question may change depending on who you ask.
I recommend you read this wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation.
The central fact is, that once you start your formal sitting practise you very quickly learn that your mind is anything but calm and quiet. In order to reach such a calm, quiet and peaceful state of mind it takes a lot of training. And in order to actually train your mind, it takes a solid motivation. So: What motivates you?
By the time you are actually ready to start a formal practise, every day, five days a week, year in and year out, we recommend you to do this:
1. Find your motivation. It may change over time and it is important to always know your motivation. It will help you through the difficult times.
2. Work with your sitting posture. Straight back, solid grounding, open breath, relaxed body state, feeling of dignity.
3. Build up your 15 – 30 minutes of formal practise. There are many ways to do this and I will explain more in a following post. Find a focus, stick to it until you decide a new focus.
Text Anne Moloney, 27.07.2018
Photo: Grethe Damon