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How To Meditate

Learning How to Meditate is Not Difficult

Author: Allison Ryan

Learning how to meditate is not a difficult task. The difficulty lies in making time in your hectic day to find the time to indulge in meditation. This hectic pace of life brings a lot of stress into your life and this in turn causes diseases because of the effect that stress has on your immune system.

When you feel stressed, this is your body's natural way of telling you to slow down and take a look at your life and yourself. One of the ways in which you can accomplish anxiety relief and stress relief ( http://www.wilddivine.com/servlet/-strse-Biofeedback-Software/Categories) is to set aside a meditation time of the day, preferably in the morning, where you can be alone in a quiet place and meditate.

In order to learn to meditate, you do have to know the various positions you should use. These are:

• Burmese Posture. In this position you sit with your back straight and your legs crossed so that the lower part of your legs and your knees rest on the floor.

• Quarter Lotus Posture. To get started in this meditation position, you place one foot against the calf of the other leg. Then bring the other foot into the same position resting against the calf of the already bent leg.

• Half Lotus Posture. The lower part of one leg will rest on the thigh of the other leg, while the lower part of the other leg will rest under the thigh of the opposite leg.

• Full Lotus Posture. This is the most difficult yoga or meditation (http://www.wilddivine.com/wellnesslibrary/62.html) posture to achieve and maintain for a long period of time. You do assume the same position as the half lotus posture, but both legs should be resting on top of the thighs of the opposite legs.

• Kneeling Posture. This is also called the Seiza position, in which you are in a kneeling position with the back straight and the buttocks resting on the feet.

• Chair position. You sit in a chair with your back straight and your legs and knees together.

You should have your hands resting on each other so that the joints of the middle finger on each hand are resting on each other and your thumbs are lightly touching.

One of the critical features of learning how to meditate is that you create an atmosphere of peace. You do need quiet, whether you have a room where you can go that will cut you off from the other sounds in the house or you set aside a time for meditating when everyone else in your home is asleep. If you want you can have some peaceful music playing to help you relax.

You do need to have certain things to help you with yoga techniques and meditation techniques ( http://www.wilddivine.com/wellnesslibrary/47.html). This includes having meditation music and a cushion as a mat for sitting on. You can simply fold a blanket or buy a special cushion for this purpose.

You sit on the cushion when you meditate by sitting on the floor and when you use a chair you can place the cushion behind your back to keep your spine straight. If you prefer the seiza position, you can buy a small bench to support your buttocks to keep them from resting on your feet and to keep you from slouching.

Wear comfortable clothing so that you won't experience any discomfort while you are sitting in the same position for a length of time. When you first start meditating, ten minutes at a time is fine to help you get used to the position. As you meditate each day, and you should do this on a daily basis, you will be able to spend longer times, such as 25 to 30 minute sessions each day.

About the Author:
Allison Ryan is a freelance marketing writer from San Diego, CA. She specializes in guided meditation techniques and yoga to help combat the negative effects of stress and anxiety. For more information on stress relief, check out http://www.wilddivine.com/!

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