How to Achieve Deep Meditation

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Meditation has long been a means of quieting the mind and bringing about clarity and serenity in a chaotic world.  Each day your mind is exposed to a wide range of sensory stimuli that can cause you to lose focus and react in emotional and physical ways that may not even make sense. Meditation can help you clear out the numerous stressors you experience each day so you can experience a sense of peace and calmness.

Many people do not understand how to go about meditating, but in all honesty it simply requires concentration.  When you can focus and concentrate on a simple object or subject, you gain the ability to gain control of both your mind and your life.  If you have been meditating and enjoying the benefits you may be ready to enter deep meditation.

Deep meditation has many benefits and uses, but the general idea is to clear out the negative thoughts in your mind and replace them with positive ones that will enhance your wellbeing and your life.  Many believe that this type of meditation is difficult to achieve but in reality it is rather easy to accomplish.  There are three main steps required to get into a this state.

When trying to reach deep meditation, you should be in an environment that is free from distractions.  You need to be able to focus without worrying about outside noises or conversations interfering.  You should begin by completely clearing your mind and focusing solely on relaxing your mind and body.

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To begin your journey  you can begin with a simple countdown process. This is a classic method of relaxation and guided meditation that will help you descend into a deep meditative state.  It does not matter what number you start at to begin your countdown.  You can count down from 10, 20, 5, or whichever number you feel will help you reach the state you are looking for.  As you count down put all of your focus into each number so you can actually feel them descend as you reach a deeper sense of relaxation.

The next step on the path to is slowing your breathing.  Your mind is in a state of everything must be done quickly for the entire day.  When you begin to focus on your breathing and gradually slow it down, you are sending a message to your brain that everything is safe.  When your brain feels safe you begin to let go of all of the stress responses, which allows you to sink deeper into relaxation.  You should continue to breathe deeply but you also want to gradually slow your breathing down until you have a sense of peace, focus and relaxation.

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The final step in is awareness.  You need to be able to pay complete attention to the sensations you feel in

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your body from moment to moment.  When you begin focusing on your physical body, you tend to put less emphasis on the internal images you have in your mind. These thoughts often focus on the fear of being unable to reach the state you want, or the things that you do not want to happen.  When you do this it increases the tension in your body, whether you realize it or not. Focusing completely on the sensations you feel in your body, you can detect it easily and focus on getting rid of it.

When you can effectively reach this state, you will begin to experience a greater sense of peace and awareness in your daily life.  You will enjoy greater concentration and mindfulness that will help you in nearly every aspect of your life.

If you find that you have difficulty reaching deep meditation on your own, you can try guided meditation.  Guided meditation can be done in a class setting with an instructor that guides you through the process.  If you would rather enter deep meditation in your own home there are many different guided recordings available.

No matter which method you decide to use to reach a level meditation of which is deep, you will find a greater sense of peace, awareness and clarity that will remain with you long after you have left the state.

I hope this guide has been useful and you continue to develop your understanding on the topic.

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