How to meditate? For beginners, there are many methods in the market. Most of them involve breath control. This meditation basics for beginners PDF focuses on the anulom-vilom method for pranayama and offers insights into the world of meditation. It talks about the best postures for meditation for beginners and how to prepare for meditation before explaining the concentration stuff.
The PDF is based on Muni Patanjali yoga sutras so the readers will find about powers that come from meditation and how to control them. Check out the excerpt below or scroll down to download the Meditation Basics for Beginners PDF for free.
Inside Meditation Basics for Beginners PDF
Part 1: Introduction to Yoga
1.1: About Patanjali Muni – Father of Modern Day Yoga
1.2: Understanding Yoga – Union of Self with Supreme
PART 2: Preparing for Yoga
2.1: Finding a place for practicing
2.2: Postures for Yoga – The Starting Point
2.3: Take Control of Breathing
PART 3: Discipline of Yoga
3.1 – Types of thoughts
3.2: Controlling the thought streams
3.3: Divine Powers
3.4: Devotion to God
3.5: Obstacles in the path of yoga
3.6: Overcoming the obstacles in yoga
3.7: Supreme Wisdom
PART 4: Discipline of Spirit
4.1: Role of afflictions in Yoga
4.2: Yoga (Union) Austerities
PART 5: Pranayama
Preparing for Pranayama
Odd-Even (Anulom Vilom) Pranayama
Part 6: Summary and Takeaway
Excerpt From Meditation Basics For Beginners PDF
If meditation is to be explained in one paragraph, it is the union of the Self with God. It comes by concentrating on things internal to us.
The best method is to first create a rhythmic breathing pattern that is not irregular; then focus between the eyes with eyes closed; and later shift the meditation point to the mind; when concentrating on the mind, aspiring yogis will feel many changes coming to their body and spirit; the yogi should not give up; the plane of consciousness changes as the yogi continues meditating; finally, the Supreme Truth is revealed to the yogi.
We’ve already discussed Chitta and Vritti. Just to recap, Chitta (the mind material) is like a lake full of water, the bottom of the lake is your real self, and the water represents vrittis (ripples). You can say that vrittis are disturbances that arise in the lake due to external or internal factors. There are only two ways to be able to see the bottom of the lake – that is, your inner self:
- The water should be pure and not muddy
- The water is calm – that is, no ripples or waves, etc are being produced
They mean a bit more than they appear. First is cleanliness. It refers to the purity of thoughts. It is not easy but is not impossible either. The second is to calm the mind. This too seems impossible but is perfectly attainable. You just need to practice with persistence.
I used the word persistence because it would seem impossible initially. Only after practicing for a few weeks, you can see some improvement. Once you reach there, the path ahead is easier. The initial phase is where many of us give up – looking for alternatives. But the thing is the same across all schools of yoga or rather, meditation.
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