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Devaki Sokaris

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4.Learning to meditate

When you’re just starting out in learning meditation, I don’t recommend you ask a whole lot of people what they do, because you can often be delivered a lot of information from amateurs who have just stepped off the space ship, and think they have all the answers for you.

There are many ways to meditate and different things work for different people. Too much input from others can cause a lot of confusion of what path to take.

The important thing first, is to be clear on what you are meditating for, and what you want to achieve from meditation.

Is it for spiritual growth, relaxation, to help with anxiety and depression, because those things will determine what you need and what level of commitment you need?

Some meditation accelerates growth, whereas another is to manage other needs.

Please read my article, What is meditation?, for further clarity on this.

If you have never meditated before, start with 10 mins a day and build up to 20 to 30 minutes as you get used to stilling your mind.

Its best to keep it simple and focus more on sitting in silence. Choose a mantra you relate to that brings you back to your meditation, if your mind starts to chatter and wander. Peace is a simple one if you can’t think of one. Its purpose is just to bring you back to meditation.

Don’t be afraid to experiment more if it isn’t quite doing it for you. There is no fast track in being able to meditate well. You will have good day and bad days with mind chatter, which isn’t an indication you need to try another meditation.

It takes time to discipline quietening the mind and being present. It can take years for some to truly be skilled in meditation, so its not something you take up for a quick fix.

I have been meditating for 35 years and do what fits with my spiritual path-growth, so it specific to me getting the results I need. You must decide what level of commitment and what is right for you according to the growth and path you seek.


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