Meditation can be so easy but if you don’t know how to start it right from the beginning, it can really difficult and really frustrating as the result. That why at The Middle Way. We always focus on what it is needed to be right in the first place and what should follow next. Here you will learn the How to meditate step by step, from the kindergarten to PhP level.
Step 01. Adjusting your body
If you find it hard to bring attention to the center of the body, you can rest your mind elsewhere inside the body where you feel most comfortable. Calmly and silently observe whatever image that arises whether it is darkness, bright light or anything else, just accept it without any thought.
When resting your mind at the center of the body or anywhere else inside the body, make sure not to strain the eyes. In meditation, we see with the mind, not with the physical eyes; that’s why we close them.
Step 02. Adjusting your Mind
If your mind wanders, you can use visualization to help keep your mind still. To do so, imagine that a crystal ball is floating in the middle of your stomach. You can use other neutral objects that you’re familiar with such as an orange, a football or the moon.
You can also repeat the mantra ‘Samma Arahang’ which means purify your mind so that you will be free from the suffering of life.
‘Samma Arahang’ which means purify your mind, so that you will be free from the suffering of life.
Continue to rest mind at the center of the body and make no judgment or emotional response to whatever you experience. For beginners, we suggest that you practice meditation for 15 to 30 minutes in the morning and near bedtime, and increase the length of time, say up to one hour, as you feel more comfortable. Depending on the degree of stillness and clarity of your mind, after a while, you will experience a sense of peacefulness and refreshing joy as if you’ve just come out of an inner spa.
If you feel tense afterward, chances are you might be trying too hard. Open your eyes, adjust your sitting position until you feel comfortable, and start over again. If you feel asleep, perhaps you need to focus more on the center of the body. Take a few deep breaths and silently repeat the mantra ‘Samma Arahang’ If sleepiness persists, perhaps you are physically tired, just allow yourself to doze off a bit before starting over again.
Stilling the mind is an art, and it is the key to mastering The Middle Way Meditation. There are many other ways to still the mind, which suit different individuals for different reasons. If you would like to explore other alternatives in detail, we’d suggest that you come to learn meditation and receive personalized guidance that best fits your unique character from experienced teaching monks at our meditation retreat.