1. What do I need to get started? How Can I Accessorize for Meditation?
To start practicing Preksha meditation, you need to find a quiet place where you can meditate. If you choose to sit or lie down, you will need a mat. You can wear whatever you are wearing if you feel comfortable with it. No other accessories are required for Preksha meditation.
2. Where should I meditate?
There is no strict rule about where to meditate; you can meditate wherever you are. It is good to have a regular place for daily meditation which will build conducive atmosphere. If you find it hard to fix a place, you can practice at desk or even while you travel. You can meditate in religious and community places or at Preksha Meditation centers. Meditate wherever you feel comfortable. As you grow in meditation, you will be able to practice no matter where you are.
3. Whom should I contact to learn Preksha Meditation?
There are a few recommended guidelines for meditation:
It should be done every day, preferably at the same time
It should preferably be done before a meal rather than after a meal
A spot should be set aside for meditation, which should be a quiet place and used for nothing but meditation
One should sit with the spine straight and vertical(a chair is ok to use)
5. How do I learn to meditate?
The best way to learn to meditate is by practicing it. To learn the basics of Preksha Meditation, you may attend a camp, use guided meditation or even learn it by reading. But the key lies in practicing what you have learnt. It is like learning to swim. Unless you do it, you really do little to reach your goal. You don’t know what lies in the ocean unless you dive in. The desire and willingness is the measure which can take you far in the journey of learning meditation, learning about your inner self.
6. Do I need a teacher?
It is theoretically possible to learn meditation from a book. However most people who teach and practice meditation agree that a teacher can be an invaluable aid in learning a meditation technique and making sure it is practiced correctly. The beginner will usually have several questions which a teacher will be able to answer. Also, learning with a group of people, eg a meditation class, allows you to experience the benefit of meditating with a group of people. Most people find that they have some of their best meditations while meditating in a group, because there is a collective energy and focus present.
7. How long should I meditate?
When you are learning Preksha meditation or as a beginner, you may find it difficult to practice for longer periods of time. After a regular practice, you may be able to meditate for longer time. You can start with 15 to 20 minutes daily, once or twice a day. It is upto the individual to decide the right duration and frequency of practice. You can set aside a goal for practice and gradually increase your time little by little.
Again, if you are really busy and find it hard to devote time, you can fix few minutes for your practice. It will be really beneficial for your daily routine
8. How Will I Know I’m Doing it Right?
If you enjoy your practice, you are doing it right. If you feel stress-free and have a sense of ease, you are doing it right. In the long run, if you find positive attitudinal changes and you are more balanced and stable, more perceptive in life you are doing it right. If you have strengthened your power of rational thinking and conscious reasoning weakening the irrational impulses and primal drives – you are doing it right.
9. I practiced meditation. Nothing happened. When will I experience the benefits listed for meditation/Will I ever experience the claims made by meditation?
It is true that meditation is not a palliative but it is not an instant cure. It is a panacea that gives insight to our inner self. Unless you regularly practice meditation and take it seriously, it is difficult to see the promised results. Most of our problems are created by thoughts. Meditation brings a positive transformation and purification of emotions. It helps to realize innate bliss by breaking the chain of unwanted thoughts. It makes your body free from stress and your mind free from agitation and emotional turmoil. As you gradually move up the ladder you will find the change that you are looking for - increased mental abilities, increased focus and concentration, increased will power, increased productivity and increase in will power, an enhanced immune system and an enriched vital energy.
An overall holistic development of your personality with an improved lifestyle can only be experienced with sincere practice and dedication over a period of time.
10. What Can I Do Wrong?
Forcibly trying to practice meditation is one thing that you can do wrong while practicing meditation. When you think you can control it, you are wrong. Control is an illusion. Being carefree will help you flow freely towards direction of alertness. If you rush into it, you will probably resist doing it after a while. Any sense of obligation kills the joy of doing it.
Be like a fish which swims in an uncontrollable sea. Unlike us, the fish is free from the illusion of controlling the sea. The fish does not try to control where it ends up but just goes with the flow. If you can learn this way, you will probably not have to worry about anything that can go wrong with meditation.
11. Can anything bad happen during Meditation?
Meditation is a journey to the inner-self. As you practice it, your body will relax. It will release you from the any kind of stress and calm your mind. It will take you into a new state of being which rejuvenates you, revitalizes you. Meditation is not connecting with strange external energies or connecting to other worldly beings. It is about experiencing the soul. It is a permanent cure with no harmful side-effects with a shield for future onslaughts. Meditation is a completely safe journey towards experiencing your true self.
12. When I meditate I experience physical pain in my body. What should I do?
Aches and pains can arise in the body sometimes while meditating. This arises sometimes just because of uncomfortable posture. If you practice after a stressful day you may feel stress and your nerves bursting. It may be a feeling that you go through while resting after a tiring day. These sensations may be pleasing or painful. Sometimes, such sensations are also felt as you go deeper in meditation. You notice your body more closely which can be a reason for such sensation.
To overcome such sensations watch the part of body where such sensation is felt without being emotionally involved. Be like a bystander and simply watch your body part. Watch your body and the pain will subside.
13. How is meditation different from relaxation, thinking, concentration or self-hypnosis?
Relaxation: Meditation relaxes the body, both mentally and physically, but it is merely a by-product. Preksha Meditation involves a process of relaxing the body completely called Kayotsarga which needs the practitioner to be fully aware. It is an attempt to transcend the thought unlike many other common relaxation forms.
Thinking: Thoughts consume a lot of energy. Thoughts are responsible for emotional and mental turmoil creating stress. By transcending the thought activity, a practitioner realizes that he is not his thoughts. Casting off thoughts has several other benefits of increasing the vital force and will power.
Concentration: Meditation starts with concentration, but the ultimate aim is not to employ concentration. It is a tool to transcending beyond and reaching the ultimate goal of realizing the soul.
Self-hypnosis: Self-hypnosis involves concentrating but it does not involve staying aware or conscious of the practice. It is entering into a state of semi-consciousness which involves losing control of yourself. Meditation on the other hand, is being constantly aware and being in control of your doing.
Preksha Meditation is different from these techniques because it enriches one with bliss and peace, actually transforms a being to a happy and delighted soul. This is difficult to be achieved with thought or concentration.
14. I am suffering from health problems. I have tried many medicines but useless. Is there any technique in Preksha Meditation which can help me out?
Countless medical studies have proven that meditation is very beneficial for stress and anxiety. Physically, it lowers blood pressure and heart rate and gives you an awareness of your body. Mentally, it gives respite from daunting concerns. Putting distance between you and your problems often allows you to view situations with greater perspective. This can provide solutions that weren’t previously apparent. Emotionally, meditation gives you a means to connect with your feelings and thoughts and recognize the truth through the confusion. It will not help everybody all of the time, but compared to or used in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications it is definitely an avenue worth exploring. For more Pls check http://www.preksha.com/html/meditation%20therpy.htm.
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