Meditation is a very important aspect of Buddhism. The concept of Buddhism revolves around this idea. In fact Buddhism has a long tradition of meditation practice.
It was during meditation that the Buddha attained enlightenment and meditation was a practice that he instructed his followers to engage in diligently.
These are two concepts which go hand in hand and are interdependent on each other. If one wants to follow Buddhism one has to cultivate the art of meditation.
Here are a few tips which will enable you to have a meaningful meditation.
1. Quite the Mind
Meditation cannot be done by thinking. We need to silence our mind from every kind of thoughts for a few minutes. It is during this silence that our mind starts to enter a new consciousness, a consciousness not limited by the intellectual mind. With a quiet mind we will experience peace.
If we are able to concentrate fully on the task in hand, we will be successful in whatever we do. Similarly when we meditate we need to switch off from everything else and put all our attention onto the meditation.
3. Place to Meditate
Keep a special place for yourself to meditate every day. You can decorate the place with a picture of a saint or Teacher who inspires you. Or just use flowers and a candle. If you meditate in the same place every day it builds up a meditative atmosphere.
If we have the aspiration to discover the inner peace within ourselves then we will be motivated to meditate every day. This aspiration or inner cry is perhaps more important than learning many techniques.
5. Perseverance and Patience
Practice makes a man perfect. Every time we meditate we are adding to our capacities even if we donâ€™t have great experiences. There will be times when we want to quit. We should not give up at such times, we need to persevere and continue meditating persistently. If we practice sincerely we will definitely progress.
6. Use the Qualities of the Spiritual Heart
The heart is the location, the center point of our soul. If we focus on the heart, immediately our thoughts have less power. By concentrating on our heart we can enter into the vastness of meditation.