Keep your mind calm and relaxed is our challenge of the new lifestyle.┬áPositive thinking and meditation constitute one of the most important tool to keep your mind serene.
A good comparison is: when the surface of a lake is still, one can see to the bottom very clearly. This is impossible when the surface is agitated by waves. In the same way, when the mind is still, with no thoughts or desires, you can see the “Self” this is called Yoga.
We can control the mental agitation by two means: by concentrating the mind either externally or internally. Internally, we focus on the “Self” or the consciousness of “I am”. Externally, we focus on anything other than the “Self” or “I am”.
The mental ability to concentrate is inherent to all; it is not extraordinary or mysterious. Meditation is not something that a Yogi has to teach you; you already have the ability to shut out thoughts.
Regularity of time, place and practice are important.
The most effective times are early dawn and dusk, when the atmosphere is charged with special force.
Sit in a steady, comfortable, cross-legged position with spine and neck erect but not tense.
Before beginning, command the mind to be quiet for a specific length of time. Forget the past, present and future.
Consciously regulate the breath. Begin with five minutes of deep abdominal breathing to bring oxygen to the brain. Then slow it down to an imperceptible rate.
Keep the breathing, rhythmic, inhale for five seconds and exhale for five seconds. Regulation of breath also regulates the flow of prana, the vital energy.
Allow the mind to wander at first. It will jump around, but will eventually become concentrated, along with the concentration of prana.
Don’t force the mind to be still, as this will set in motion additional brain waves, hindering meditation.
Select a focal point on which the mind may rest. This point may be the Ajna Chakra, the point between the eyebrows.
Focus on a neutral or uplifting object, holding the image in the place of concentration.
With practice, you keep your mind calm and ready!