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How to Meditate and Reach Nirvana

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Yoga meditation          Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It is a way to clear the mind of conscious thought. Meditation is popular in many religions including Buddhism as a way to ease the mind into a deep state of awareness. Meditation offers many benefits including reduction of stress, increasing of REM sleep patterns, and better mental focus.






Step 1

Find a quiet, comfortable place with no one around to meditate. Meditation requires complete silence and elimination of outside influences. The meditative place may be the floor of a quiet room or any space that is prone to relaxation.

Step 2

Sit in a comfortable still position. This may be cross legged on the floor or in a comfortable chair. You will be meditating for a long period of time so make sure the position is as comfortable as you can make it.



Step 3

Close your eyes.



Step 4

Breath in slowly, and exhale deeply. Repeat this breathing pattern throughout your meditation.



Step 5

Try to clear your mind of conscious thought. In order to meditate you must stop all the random thoughts that enter your mind every second. This is a very difficult process and it may take months of meditation practice to be able to accomplish this. Do not be discouraged if you cannot clear your mind readily.



Step 6

Meditate for 15 to 30 minutes. It may be helpful to set a timer to remind you when the time is done.



Step 7

Repeat the previous steps several times a week or as you please.



Step 8

After much meditation practice you may reach the state of nirvana. Nirvana is described as a state of inner peace where your inner being and your conscious self are connected as one. It is a different experience for each person.

 


Additional Advice

                   Take some meditation classes at your local Buddhist monastery. You will have an instructor guiding you through the process.



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