6 Basic Elements of a Meditation Practice

6 Basic elements of a meditation practice

Different types of meditation may include different features to help you meditate. These may vary depending on whose guidance you follow or who’s teaching a class. Some of the most common features in meditation include:

  1. Focused attention.  Focusing your attention is generally one of the most important elements of meditation. Focusing your attention is what helps free your mind from the many distractions that cause stress and worry. You can focus your attention on such things as a specific object, an image, a mantra, or even your breathing.
  2. Relaxed breathing.  This technique involves deep, even-paced breathing using the diaphragm muscle to expand your lungs. The purpose is to slow your breathing, take in more oxygen, and reduce the use of shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles while breathing so that you breathe more efficiently.
  3. A quiet setting.  If you’re a beginner, practicing meditation may be easier if you’re in a quiet spot with few distractions, including no television, radios or cell phones.  As you get more skilled at meditation, you may be able to do it anywhere, especially in high-stress situations where you benefit the most from meditation, such as a traffic jam, a stressful work meeting or a long line at the grocery store.
  4. A comfortable position.  You can practice meditation whether you’re sitting, lying down, walking, or in other positions or activities. Just try to be comfortable so that you can get the most out of your meditation.
  5. Be willing to let go of expectation.  Even as you focus – the mind will drift it’s important to  1) Not get caught up in expectations. 2) Not try to be mindful, just be with what is. 
  6. BRFWA ( Breath, Relax, Feel, Witness, Allow)
  • Accept everything internally and externally. …
  • Allow things to flow. …
  • Be aware of your awareness