Meditation Tips: 17, 18, 19, 20

17. Don’t strain: Don’t strain in your practice. Your body is upright, but relaxed. Like a properly tuned violin string, your mind is not too loose, not too tight. Be focused and alert. Be relaxed.


18. Fluctuations in your consciousness: Be aware of the fluctuations in your consciousness: the good thoughts, the bad thoughts, the flights of fantasy, the memories and the sluggish, sleeplike state of “no awareness.” Can you rise above your mental and emotional turbulence? Or, are you floating on your sub-conscious.


19. Keep your eyes closed: Most meditations are done with your eyes closed. You want to focus on your practice, and not be distracted by what is going on around you. However, if you feel that your posture has shifted, open your eyes slightly, adjust your posture, re-orient yourself, then close your eyes again and return your attention to your meditation. (There are meditations you can do with your eyes open).


20. Introspection / Self-Study / Self-Analysis: Meditation helps you to get to know yourself. This is not as simple as it seems. You need to make an honest inquiry into your own inner nature. Self-study gives you the perception and wisdom you need to make adjustments to your character, your actions and your attitudes, where necessary.

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