Yogic Herald Jan/Feb 2019 - Page 44

MEDITATION F or these changes to take place, much depends on how much time one devotes to the practice. To meditate once a week is more beneficial than not at all, and it will still influence your mind in a positive way. Meditate every second day, and you will reap certain and profound benefits. If you meditate every day, it is likely that it will alter your life in ways that are both obvious and subtle at the same time, on all levels: body, mind and spirit. The difficulty with maintaining consistency is that there are many distractions. Most people are caught-up in a whirlwind of daily activities, and it is difficult for them to sit and quiet themselves for even a short period. Imagine the implications of the fact that most of us cannot sit peacefully with ourselves for even 15 minutes a day! We spend so much time looking after our physical needs, exercising our mind, and sleeping what about a few minutes for uplifting the soul? How long should one sit for? That depends on the person. A ten or fifteen minute meditation will 42 www.yogicherald.com Jan./Feb. 2019 work wonders for frayed nerves and calm the mind. After thirty minutes, the mind will start to leave the worldly plane, and the person will begin to transcend the cares of the day. Perhaps after one hour blessedness will envelop them, a feeling of tranquility or peace. Of course, the time frames and experiences will vary depending on the state of mind one brings into the meditation itself. The longer you have been practicing meditation the easier it is to get into a transcendent state. I would say that even if you close your eyes and meditate for five minutes a day, something will happen by way of mental relaxation. Actually, you will probably want to repeat the feeling of ease you experience, and will likely begin to prolong your sittings. You can sit