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At Home Meditation
At-home meditation is the most convenient place to do meditation but it also is an environment that can introduce the most distractions. Brainwave entrainment products and other tips and techniques can help you stay focused.
The biggest challenge for many of us is trying not to fall asleep during meditation. The best time to do meditation is after a few hours of sleep. It is no fun dozing off just as you see a tunnel that you believe is your escape into the astral world. You had planned on flying over ancient Greece and maybe even dropping in on a lecture by Plato but instead you are deep in a dream state and being chased by dragons. To avoid sleep, find the right time of day for you to practice meditation. The mind is often the most at peace during early morning before the stresses of the day set in. Meditating with the sunrise is always a serene experience. An early meditation also helps you turn on a positive state and take on the world during the day with a positive mindset.
Brainwave entrainment products are one of the most effective ways of introducing discipline to at-home meditation. If you do start to fall asleep, a change in tone will often return you to a state of wakefulness. Many meditators do reality checks, especially those who engage in astral travel and lucid dreaming. Most of us are less ambitious. We are focused on achieving a state of deep relaxation and entering the hypnogogic state between wakefulness and dreaming. Reality checks are useful at all stages of meditation. From time to time, press your thumb into the palm of your hand, or employ whatever reality check you choose.
Most meditators find that the mind will wander more easily at home then in a more structured guided meditation class. Even experienced meditators appreciate doing guided meditation from time to time. There are many meditation recordings and brainwave entrainment products to keep your at-home meditation on track. Maintaining a regular daily meditation schedule will help you make the required adjustments to ensure the best meditation experience.
Place and Position
It is best to create one special place for meditation in your home environment. You will come to associate this place with a relaxed, tranquil meditative state and your state will begin to shift as soon as you enter the room. Be creative. Build a Buddhist alter if you so desire with icons that are meaningful to you. Or perhaps you want to recreate your favorite meadowland from childhood in your garden.
At-home meditation should be comfortable but not too cozy. Do not try and do meditation in your favorite lounge chair or hammock in the backyard. Your spine should be straight, allowing energy to flow up through the energy channels aligned with the chakras.
Do not confine your meditation practice to one place and one time during the day. You can take your at-home meditation with you during the day. When you reach a meditation state you like, anchor it. An anchor is any physical stimulus you choose. It may be as simple as touching your thumb and baby finger together. The next time you are stressed out by a work task – before leading a team meeting or delivering a speech, for example – call up your anchor, relax, smile and remind yourself that you are going to do great.