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What is the first step to meditation?

I tried but I can’t clear my mind. Am I suppose to focus on something first like breathing.

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  1. Don’t try.
    Just relax. Concentrate one something. Just one thing. Things will go in and out of your mind – don’t try to get rid of them, because then you will be adding more clutter to your mind. Just acknowledge them, and then let the thoughts pass.
    It might take 5 minutes, or hours at first, but you can eventually get to the stage where nothing else will enter your mind, except the one thing you are concentrating on.

  2. “Meditation” is a stupid word – it is an activity designed to tak you away from God.
    May God bless you as you study His Word
    <:)))>< King James Bible

  3. I would say getting in a comfortable position, Early morning is usually when the mind is clear. Try a dark, quiet room, just you, focusing on breathing is one technique, then there is analytical meditation, I’m not an expert so it’s better to do your own research on google or something. find one of the Dalia Lama’s books “Practicing the art of happiness” is a good one to start meditating, or any good book from a creditable author.

  4. you can never cease thinking even for one second, but clearing your mind is not meditation anyway. Meditation is like worrying,when your thinking negative thoughts over and over that’s worrying,if you can worry you can meditate. Thinking about something A LOT is meditation the Bible says in Psalms chapter one to meditate on his word day and night. There you have it. Think about good things, Sprinters meditate about the race, drivers meditate about the race, chefs meditate about the meal, artist meditate about the art work they are making I hope this helps.

  5. You’ve already taken the first step–We all meditate from time to time ,we just don’t recognize it as such
    —Even Jesus meditated (It’s also called prayer) in spite of what some Bible thumpers will tell you

  6. stand aside from your thoughts. imagine you are standing next to yourself and listening while thinking I wish he would shut up..concentrate on your breathing. I like to imagine waves lapping on a beach when i listen to my breath

  7. The Need to Control One’s Mind
    You know how perceptions come. First of all there are the external instruments, then the internal organs acting in the body through the brain centers, and there is the mind. When these come together and attach themselves to some external object, then we perceive it. At the same time it is a very difficult thing to concentrate the mind and attach it to only one organ; the mind is a slave.
    We hear “Be good,” and “Be good,” and “Be good,” taught all over the world. There is hardly a child, born in any country in the world, who has not been told, “Do not steal,” “Do not tell a lie,” but nobody tells the child how he or she can help doing them. Talking will not help them. Why should these children not become thieves? We do not teach them how not to steal; we simply tell them, “Do not steal.” Only when we teach them to control their minds do we really help them.
    All actions, internal and external, occur when the mind joins itself to certain centers, called the organs. Willingly or unwillingly it is drawn to join itself to the centers, and that is why people do foolish deeds and feel miserable, which, if the mind were under control, they would not do. What would be the result of controlling the mind? It then would not join itself to the centers of perception and, naturally, feeling and willing would be under control. It is clear so far.
    Pratyahara: The Method to Control One’s Mind
    How hard it is to control the mind! Well has it been compared to the maddened monkey. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough some one made him drink freely of wine, so that he became still more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When we are stung by a scorpion, we jump about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature. Then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind!
    The first lesson, then, is to sit for some time and let the mind run on. The mind is bubbling up all the time. It is like that monkey jumping about. Let the monkey jump as much as he can. You simply wait and watch. Knowledge is power, says the proverb, and that is true. Until you know what the mind is doing you cannot control it. Give it the rein. Many hideous thoughts may come into it; you will be astonished that it was possible for you to think such thoughts. But you will find that each day the mind’s vagaries are becoming less and less violent, that each day it is becoming calmer. In the first few months you will find that the mind will have a great many thoughts, later you will find that they have somewhat decreased, and in a few more months they will be fewer and fewer, until at last the mind will be under perfect control. But we must patiently practice every day.
    As soon as the steam is turned on, the engine must run; as soon as things are before us we must perceive. To prove that we are not machines, we must demonstrate that we are under the control of nothing. This controlling of the mind, and not allowing it to join itself to the centers, is Pratyahara. How is this practiced? It is a tremendous work, not to be done in a day. Only after a patient, continuous struggle for years can we succeed.

  8. Turn off the Phone,music,TV ect.
    Be Quiet
    Be Still
    Relax
    Focus on 1 quiet thing(your heartbeat or your breathing)
    Clear your mind of everthing else
    and stay that way for 15-30 minutes

  9. The first step is – morality.
    Make a decision to stop lies, cheating, stealing, violence, sexual activity and intoxication.
    Then only your body & mind be ready & become strong to take any step further otherwise the winds of desire & passion will blow the sails of your boat to rocks.
    Then comes meditation – breathing is a right spot to be. But remember you will start getting a hang of it after a rest for 24 hours from normal daily life. AFter that you will feel some control which will increase day by day and you will become confident.

  10. No special breathing is required in Falun Gong meditation. The Buddhist meditation method and four other sets of exercises are explained in the ‘China Falun Gong’ book. Advance practice is discussed in details in the Zhuan Falun Lecture. Guided meditation demonstration video, meditation music, and books about Falun Gong are free to download from the URL listed below. If you need any help, contact a local practitioner in your area for free instructions.
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  11. For meditation to be successful one has to lay the foundation for it. This is the ability to keep the mind focused on one thing without wandering all over or getting agitated.
    *** One thing that is very easy to focus on is ‘Focusing on breathing’ practiced since ancient times. Beginners can enjoy better success in ‘Focusing on breathing’ by using the fingers or counting the breaths to anchor the mind and the breath together.
    *** Six different modes of practicing this technique are explained in my web page “Breath Awareness’- http://countingbreaths.com/fob/relax. The segment mode as described in this page is described here:
    *** SEGMENT MODE: Every finger has 3 segments, separated by 2 lines. Place the tip of the thumb at the top segment of the little finger. Breathe in and out once, without counting. Shift the thumb to the middle segment and breathe in and out. Move to the bottom segment and breathe in and out. Repeat the same steps at the next 3 fingers. At the thumb, place the tip of the index finger on its segments and breathe in and out once, at each segment. Now switch to the other hand and repeat the same practice. Continue practicing, switching hands.
    *** I have been teaching the finger modes (Tip and Segment modes) from 4 year old children to 97 year old seniors. Once taught in less than 30 minutes, they love it and do it on their own.
    *** The best time to begin developing this new practice is to do it lying in bed — to get into sleep, when sleep is disturbed and as soon as we wake up, to drive the sleep away!
    *** Different ways of practicing, how to practice it throughout the day and testimonials can be seen in the above cited web page. Perceptible results start from day one.
    *** After I practiced this technique for a few years, I had great concentration to practice sitting meditation for extended periods of an hour or more, with benefits I never even dreamed! Now I feel like I got a new mind and new body!

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