Frequently Asked Questions
What is meditation?
Meditation is the process of taking our attention away from the world outside and focusing it within ourselves. It has many other names such as concentration within, or sitting in silence.
Why Meditate? What are the benefits of meditation?
Much has been written about the physical, mental and emotional benefits that meditation offers. It has been scientifically proven to relieve stress, reduce blood pressure, enhance concentration, make us joyful and happy, and help us deal with life’s challenges in a calmer manner. However, these are just byproducts of meditation. The real reason to meditate is for the spiritual benefits that it offers – it is so that we can become spiritually aware, and realize our existence at the level of the soul. When this happens, a whole new world opens up for us, and everything in life falls into place.
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How often should I meditate?
As often as you can! To reap the benefits of meditation, it is best to establish a daily practice, where you meditate at the same time each day, every day. Regularity is important in building any new habit, and meditation is no different. Meditating at the same time each day helps train the mind to embrace the new habit.
Read more about the importance of regularity in meditation.
I find it hard to control my mind. Can I be successful in meditation?
With effort and practice, anyone can be successful in meditation. It is important to understand that meditation is not about controlling the mind. It is about stilling the mind. The difference is subtle, yet key to success. With effort, anyone can learn to still the mind by focusing it on something that is calming. This is why the SOS Meditation technique mentions a calming word.
To learn more about the SOS Meditation technique, go to: <<MLP site>>
Links for stilling the mind: Helping Factors in Stilling the Mind (on the MLP document)
How do I calm my mind?
You can calm the mind by focusing it on something that is calming. In the SOS Meditation technique, we use a calming word to still the mind. Learn more
What are some do’s and don’ts of meditation?
Glad you asked. Here’s an infographic summarizing some do’s and don’ts.
How long should I meditate?
As a beginner on the meditation journey, you can start with 5-10 minutes a day. Gradually work your way up to about 30 minutes a day or more. The longer you can sit, the better. This is because it takes a certain amount of time to empty your mind of the thoughts of the day, and to achieve the stillness you seek. The longer you sit, the more fruitful your meditations.
How can I learn to meditate? What’s the first step I can take?
Attend a meditation class near you. As a beginner, you will benefit from being around others who are also embarking on the same journey, and may have similar questions about the topic. To learn the SOS Meditation technique, try the 6-week course entitled Learn to Meditate. To find a meditation class near you, go to <<link to classes>>
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Are there meditation classes near me?
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Why do I need a teacher to progress in meditation? Why can’t I just follow the instructions and do it on my own?
Remember high school Chemistry? To read an experiment in your textbook was informative, but it was only when you conducted the experiment in a laboratory in the presence of a teacher who could answer any questions that you really grasped the concept. Right? Meditation is no different. Meditation is an experiment that we conduct in the laboratory of our body, and as we progress on the journey, we will have questions about how to perfect the technique, how to overcome the challenges that crop up. This is where having a teacher will be imperative. If you want to master the practice, it is important to learn under a teacher who has mastered the technique themselves. On the spiritual journey, this teacher is known as a spiritual Master.
Can I meditate at home?
Absolutely. In fact, we suggest that you designate a place in your home as your meditation spot. Creating the space for an activity elevates its importance in the natural order of things. Each time you see the spot, you will be reminded to meditate.
Do you have any meditation tips?
Yes, we do. See the infographic to the right. We also have plenty of articles to help you on your way.
Helping Factors in Meditation
How do I start a morning meditation practice?
Start by finding a time when you are wide awake and can focus without interruption. Sit at this time every day, and follow the technique accurately. Before you know it, you will have established a morning “habit” just like brushing your teeth!
Links: 7 Steps to Establish a Daily SOS Meditation Practice (MLP_