Most people do not notice the beauty of life due to constant hurry. They run and run somewhere, and then they look back and understand that their lives go away but they do not notice it. They spend their energy on constant thoughts about business, money, and success. Some people expect that someday happiness will come, and they will not notice that it is already next to them. Happiness is in the little things, in the evidence of relatives, in the songs of birds and the blooming of flowers. The expectation of happiness takes attention away from life. Ask yourself if you are ready to live your life like this or perhaps you want to become aware of every minute of your life, enjoy every moment. Fortunately, there is access to much of the knowledge in the modern world that was available only to the elite. These teachings can help you manage your energy, attention, and life. One such teaching is Zen meditation.
Buddhist monks have used this practice for centuries, and it was available only to them. But over time, many travelers began to get acquainted with this practice and take it to their country. So Zen spread throughout the world and became an integral ritual of many ordinary people.
This type of meditation is an effective way to relieve tension through breathing and awareness of your body. After you learn to manage your emotions and look at the world with happy eyes, changes will begin in your body. Health problems caused by stress, resentment, false expectations, will disappear.
The requirements for preparing for Zen meditation are no different from the preparatory process of any meditation. First of all, you need to prepare a room in which you will meditate. Ventilate and clean the room. You can light scented candles, which will help create a special atmosphere. When the room is ready, wear loose and comfortable clothes and take meditation pillows. A pillow is necessary for the correct position of the hips. Sit on a pillow and take a lotus or half-lotus pose. If you have joint problems and cannot sit in this position for a long time, then use any posture for meditation. The only condition is the direct spine. The head should be flush with the spine and not lean forward or backward.
The position of the hands in Zen meditation plays an important role, too. Therefore, put your right hand on your left and connect the tips of your thumbs. Put your hands on your hips and palms on your stomach. In doing so, make sure that the thumbs are connected.
Please note that you do not completely close your eyes, but only cover. Direct your gaze down and cover your eyelids in half.
Taking a comfortable position, relax your body, and move on to the next stage.
After your body is ready for meditation, start to listen to you breathing through the nose. Mouth tightly closed, jaw and tongue relaxed. Inhale calmly and exhale consciously. Focus your attention on the exhale. Take slow breaths. With each breath, you feel like you are filling up with energy, and with an exhale, your whole body relaxes.
At this time, your thoughts may distract you. You should not be angry or try to control them. Let them flow, and you continue to listen to your breath.
Every minute you dive deeper, and if thoughts distract you, return your attention to your breath. Over time, your mind will calm down, and you can enjoy minutes in the afternoon with yourself. If you are a beginner in meditation, then begin to meditate from 15 minutes and gradually increase the time.
When you realize that the time for meditation is over or your timer has informed you about it. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, become aware of your body, move your fingers and toes, then slowly open your eyes.
Congratulations on your good Zen practice. Try to practice every day, and changes in your body and mind will come.