I have been practicing meditation for a couple of years now. I was introduced into the practice by my brother who learned it from a Yogi from India. In the years that I have been doing meditation, I can say that I am feeling the full benefits of the practice. This is the reason why I recommend it to anyone that I know as a way of making their lives better.
Benefits of Meditation- So what are the things that you can get out of meditation? There are a lot actually, that is why it is becoming more popular than ever. It is moving from being an alternative activity to a regular thing that people do in order to achieve certain goals. Since meditation is originally a spiritual or a religious activity its original aim is on the same line. It is targeted towards enlightenment and achieving liberation from being entangled to the material world. Lately however many practitioners of meditation have emphasized the other things that can be had from practicing it. One of the most important benefits of meditation that they have emphasized is stress relief. Doing it daily can relieve some of the pent up stress of the body. Another benefit that is often cited is that it can enhance concentration and learning.
Common Meditation Supplies- Meditation is essentially an activity that involves yourself. Supposedly you can do it anywhere under any condition, but it would help a lot if you can be as comfortable as you can be when performing meditation. One aim of meditation in its initial phase is to conquer distractions, but your progress can be a lot faster if you can filter a majority of the distractions that you can encounter. One way of removing those distractions is by using accessories that are designed to help those who are practicing meditation.
Cushion- It is not necessary that you take up the cross sitting position when you are meditating, but as you make progress you need to try it. You have to find a cushion that can make you comfortable as you sit there for several hours. It is important that it should not be too comfortable that you should fall asleep.
Incense- Many cultures value the scent generated by incense. They have associated it with religious practice the most convenient form of incense are those that comes in sticks similar to the ones used by Buddhists for their ceremonies.
Scented Candles- An alternative to incense is to use scented candles. They come in various sizes and scents. You can place them in strategic places around the room where they can spread their scent to the whole room. The scent of these candles can also help in relaxing your body.
Music- Another important component of meditation that can help your progress is having the right sort of music. Traditional Indian music is perfect for this, but almost any type of music that can relax your mind and your body should be okay for this purpose.