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This method of meditation will calm your mind

Calming your mind only takes a little bit of practice
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Unsplash—Daniel Mingook Kim.

Meditation can seem difficult at first, but with practice and these short steps, it can become beneficial.

Step One

You first want to find a place that is relatively quiet and where you won’t be disturbed. Set an amount of time you would like to meditate for; it doesn’t have to be something extreme. It doesn’t matter what position your body is in. You don’t need to be in the lotus position; you don’t have to sit on the floor with your back straight. Just get in a comfortable position, whether that means lying down or sitting in a chair.

Step Two

To begin, you need to quiet the mind. To do this, you have to step outside of identification with your mind. The method I use to do this is to observe your mind. Watch your thoughts, see how they grab you into identification with them, see it happen, then bring yourself back to watching your thoughts.

Observing your mind is like watching a river. Objects will go by swirling in the ripples, and now and then an object will catch your attention, and you will follow it with your eyes. This is exactly like watching your mind; the thoughts will go by, and then one thought will catch your attention, and you will dive deeper into what happens. When that happens, don’t get caught up; just bring yourself back to watching your thoughts go by.

Tips

One thing that helps me is listening to something; it doesn’t have to be music or some frequency—something as simple as the cars going by or the air blowing into the room. For me, I can deeply focus on the sound, and it brings me into a trance where my mind is fully blank, void of thoughts. My second tip is for quieting the mind; it’s not as difficult as you might think. What you are doing is watching; you become the observer. You just observe your mind. Watch your thoughts happen, watch you become the thinker, and then bring yourself back to watching your mind.

With practice, you will be able to bring meditation into your daily life. Only using your mind as a tool rather than thinking every single second of the day. The mind can be a curse or a tool; it is merely your choice of how you use it.

 

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Ben Hergert is a sophomore. He enjoys golfing, editing, and watching movies. He is looking forward to being the producer for MavTV and constructing articles for The Mav. 
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