This exercise I am bringing to you is to practice the true meaning of meditation, which is mental development, mind control, seeing things for the way they really are in the present moment. This is a key skill in life because where the mind goes the body tends to follow. You can practice this meditation when you feel your chattering mind is taking over.
Light a candle with a solid base that can stand on its own (not a birthday candle). Place the candle in front of you, far enough to where your neck is comfortable, but close enough to where you can see the flame.
For 15 seconds, observe the flame, the colors of the flame, really try to grasp the image of the flame. At the end of the 15 seconds, close your eyes and try to bring the image of the flame back to memory. Sit with your eyes closed, trying to bring back to your memory the colors, the flow and the movement of the flame.
Open your eyes once more and look at the flame again for 15 seconds with deep concentration, attempting to bring a more vivid image to your mind. Once again close your eyes for 15 seconds and bring the image of the flame back to your mind. The best possible image you can bring to your mind.
Be careful with the flame, making sure the candle is in a safe place for when you close your eyes. Be sure to not burn yourself or destroy anything around you. Meditation is not a trance, it is awareness.
If you are interested in learning more about meditation and calming the mind read more on pranayama and breathing exercises. There is a yoga studio near you in Chicago that can assist you.
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One Comment on "Meditation Technique: Awareness on the Present"
I tried this exercise and it really works. Thanks.