May 112010

If you’re looking to live a healthy life with a strong, properly built body, then taking the time to learn some correct ways to meditate will be just as important as paying attention to the physical aspect of your workout. You’ll need to rest and relax your mind, which will allow your body to be much more efficient in everything, and free you up of any negative energy that tends to build up regularly. But becoming good at meditation takes a lot of practice, and most importantly, patience – if you’re not prepared to take the time and learn every technique properly, you should best not bother at all, as the results are more likely to be frustrating to you.

First and most importantly, you need to take the time and prepare the environment properly. You can’t expect to achieve good results in meditation if you can’t relax properly due to distractions around you. To prevent this, prepare the room by shutting the windows and dropping the blinds – try to control the only light sources, so that you fully control the mood and setting. Next, turn off any electronics and get rid of the small ones – electronics can interfere with your body’s flow of energy and make it harder to adjust it properly, so you’ll need to get rid of as many of them as you can.

One of the best things you can to provide appropriate lighting is to use candles. Candles are quite unique in the way they illuminate a room, in that they provide a moody, calming light unlike any artificial electrical sources. If you can, get rid of anything that’s powered by electricity and only leave the room to be illuminated by candles. This will contribute a huge deal to getting the best out of your practice, and will ensure a nice and calming setting.

The flow of air is another very important element – you need to control that carefully, and provide the room with a constant and good air circulation. If you can’t breathe in a relaxed manner while meditating, this will trouble you to a great extent – so try to minimize the amount of interference with your breathing as best as possible. However, don’t resort to air conditioners and similar pieces of technology – try to keep it natural as best as you can, otherwise you risk compromising the results. As we said above, keep the amount of electronics operating in your meditation room to an absolute minimum.

If you live in a busy setting (for example, sharing an apartment with another person/several other people), it can pay off greatly to coordinate your meditation with your neighbors. Talk to them and try to get them to see things from your angle, and arrange for them to provide you with a window of silence at a given time each day. How easy this will be depends entirely on them, of course – but most normal people should understand your situation and provide you help accordingly.

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