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Easy meditation exercises to practice at home

Published on: 8:04 pm - Monday | September 7, 2020


Our current socio-cultural context or milieu has been designed in such a way that we are bound to live in a rush. Some of us are merely letting the time pass by without being sufficiently conscious about our well-being and this insensibility is giving rise to emotional as well as physical burnout. Long before the pandemic, we already had a very complex mental health situation and now this quarantine or lock-down is contributing largely to cripple our body and mind with anxiety, depression, inertia, and so on. The delicate art of practicing meditation can not only help us to relieve this mental stress but also to elevate our quality of life.

“Feelings come and go like clouds

in a windy sky. Conscious breathing

is my anchor.”

– Thich Nhat Hahn

There is a saying that you learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness one experiences by meditating naturally welcome that individual to continue this practice. However, one needs to be patient as it takes time to learn how to meditate and a quiet, secluded place is necessary for meditation. Meditation can be practiced at any time of the day and just thirty minutes a day can help a person to feel more calm and relaxed. Different apps and guided meditation videos are highly recommended for beginners and one can program the time, level according to their preferences.

First of all, it is important to be relaxed and find a comfortable posture. Lotus poster is a classic choice for meditation but you can meditate even lying down. It is best to select a place that does not have any distraction and avoiding interruption can help you to focus more on your body sensations. Although there are many techniques for beginners; the following practices are much easier to stick to.

Conscious breathing exercise: This exercise can be considered to be the most relaxing and simplest meditation practice. All you have to do is just to concentrate on your breathing and notice how your inhale and exhale occurs. However, no matter how easy it seems, one needs to keep in mind that it requires constant focus and practice. You should ignore any kind of thoughts that appear while you are practicing this exercise.