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What is meditating?

Although you don’t need to formally meditate in order to practice hatha yoga—nor is the practice of hatha yoga mandatory in order to meditate—the two practices support each another. Through your practice of yoga, you’ve enhanced both your abilities to concentrate and to relax—the two most important requirements for a meditation practice. Now you can deepen your understanding of what meditation is and begin a practice of your own.

 An exquisite methodology exists within the yoga tradition that is designed to reveal the interconnectedness of every living thing. This fundamental unity is referred to as advaita. Meditating is the actual experience of this union.

 

By dictionary definition, “meditation” means to reflect upon, ponder, or contemplate. It can also denote a devotional exercise of contemplation or a contemplative discourse of a religious or philosophical nature. The word meditate comes from the Latin meditari, which means to think about or consider. Med is the root of this word and means “to take appropriate measures.” In our culture, to meditate can be interpreted several ways. For instance, you might meditate on or consider a course of action regarding your child’s education, or a career change that would entail a move across the country. Viewing a powerful movie or play, you may be moved to meditate upon—or ponder—the moral issues plaguing today’s society.

 

Tips for successful meditating. Let go of the struggle and make your space sacred.

People often say they can meditate and relax more easily here at Tara Casa but find it difficult when they get home. The responsibilities of the environment you are in are always going to make it more difficult to relax. So why not try and create a space for yourself, wherever it may be and dedicate this space to relaxation. Don’t try too hard, letting go of the struggle and just being aware of the breath is relaxing and will help to go deeper. Something as simple as counting the breaths, or visualising numbers can help. Try counting from 1 to 7 very slowly, visualise the numbers and when you reach 7, count back to 1 again. If that doesn’t work, don’t worry about it. Try staring at a flower or a candle and noticing every intricate detail. A few minutes a day can build and has so many benefits. Two best tips – Let go of the struggle and make your space sacred.

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