What is the issue that keeps you from enjoying your meditation session more? Is it the difficulty of finding a quiet location? Is it the lack of time to schedule it into your day? Do constant interruptions keep your meditations elusive? Or the intrusion of thoughts that have a mind of their own?

And as a follow-up to the previous question, if doing your daily or weekly meditation begins to feel like an “obligation,” you’ve likely let your mindfulness baltimore become “work.” You’ve strayed into that “do it right” mode. Meditation should not be hard or heavy. And it’s not something you need to worry about “perfecting.” Meditation should be, first and foremost, your time for peace and lightness: a time in which you have permission to rest, and a space in which you feel safe to release and open.

The posture you use is not really a factor. Just like any meditation or prayer, you can perform it kneeling, sitting down on the floor, on a chair or on a bedside. Just make sure your back is fairly straight and that you are at ease so your focus can be exclusively on your meditation.

It can be hard to explain what meditation actually is since it encompasses many techniques and aims. Simply put though meditation is a category of practices (with many subcategories) whereby the practitioner exercises the mind to achieve an altered state of consciousness. It can be done for religious or spiritual reasons but it also carries many other benefits. Various studies have shown meditation to lower blood pressure, change the rate of metabolism, reduce stress and anxiety, ease pain, heighten creativity and alter brain waves.

Changing yourself means changing your perception level and understanding level, your perception towards yourself, your life, death and god. You will have higher understanding towards all situations and so called problems in your life. Result would be you will not suffer anymore in the same situation you will be blissful with high energy level and your growth will happen.

And again, by helping relieve heaviness and worry from our thoughts — which burden and constrain our mind — meditation helps us and our minds see more clearly and creatively. Indeed, meditation — at least, most forms of meditation — incorporate techniques that help “connect” the mind with our other faculties for knowing: the knowing of our emotional and physical bodies, the knowing of our heart, the knowing of our higher self. And this “integration” of knowledge will prove very powerful in our lives.

First, go to a yoga practice and learn some of the more relaxed sitting poses. Lotus and child’s pose are great ones for meditation. Lotus is the classic yoga pose; legs crossed on top of each over and hands resting on the knees. Child’s pose, more commonly known as the fetal position, involves sitting on your knees and then bending over your knees with your hands either on the ground in front of your or folded under your chest. In child’s post, the forehead should be rested gently on the ground. Both poses could be used during meditation and would be a great way to focus your mind during a meditation practice.

In conclusion: Whether you decide to use meditation for health reasons or spiritual reasons is up to you and what you need in your life personally. Meditation is a great stress reliever for those times when things get tough. No matter your choice you will benefit greatly from meditation.