Zen meditation is not only a way to feel more peaceful or get rid of stress – it’s an amazing journey into the unknown.
Maybe you are a beginner and have never meditated before. Or maybe you are an experienced meditator.
In any case, it’s important to approach meditation with Beginner’s Mind. Approach each meditation as if it were for the very first time.
Zen meditation is called Zazen.
Which simply means ‘seated meditation’. Read through the following instructions in order to find out how to do it. If you already know about that, read through anyhow. I’m sure you will find something to inspire you.
Preparation for Zazen
There are some basic practical steps you can take to make your sitting more comfortable.
Find a time when you will be undisturbed. Take the phone off the hook and ask your partner, friends or others in the house not to disturb you for the time you will be meditating.
It’s good to sit in a space that is quiet and uncluttered. Turn off the stereo or TV. For many of us it will be impossible to find total quiet and we may still hear neighbors playing loud music or cars racing in the street. That’s alright – it can help us come back to the present moment.
It’s best not to meditate on a full stomach if you can, and wear comfortable loose clothing.
You might want to create a small ritual before zazen to help set the scene and allow you to move into the meditative space. This may be as simple as lighting a candle, taking a short walk around the garden, or having a special cup of tea.
If you’re new to meditation, remember that it’s a practice. At first it will feel strange and awkward – but in time you’ll feel the benefits in your life.