Well you just learned about three wonderful yogic aids in meditation. Now in the concluding part of this chapter, we shall see how to adopt a practice of these yogic aids in our life.
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You have learned the arts of :
(a) Deep breathing : You have learned how to adopt a habit of deep breathing that continues itself automatically. The deep breathing keeps you energetic and vibrant through out the day and helps in conservation of physical and mental energy – a natural outcome of taking deep breaths.
(b) Deep relaxation : You have learned how to relaxed your body completely i.e .how to relax it physically, mentally and spiritually. Deep relaxation is a great tool for restoring our lost energy.
(c) Deep Contraction : You have learned how to be physically fit and flexible and thus maintain a robust and strong body. Deep contraction is a great tool for keeping the body relaxed, flexible and healthy.
Well you can easily adopt the above three habits in your daily life with a little effort.
So we can easily use the three yogic aids of deep breathing, deep relaxation and deep contraction.
Whenever you breathe, (which you do always)- take deep breath. Initially allot a specific time for deep breathing. For example perform deep breathing 15 minutes daily in the morning or evening. Then slowly increase your duration. Always try to take deep breath. If you forget taking deep breath, then as soon as you remember it, start again. With a little practice and patience you can easily master the art of deep breathing. Kindly follow the instructions given in the ‘Pause Breath method’ or in the ‘Pavlov method’ . Soon you will make the deep breathing a part of your life.
All of us take some kind of rest for restoring our energy. So whenever you feel tired and worn out at any point of time, instead of taking the usual rest you take, just try a small duration of deep relaxation. You will be amazed with the result. As you practice more and more, you will be able to relax more deeply.
If you do some physical work out daily, then include some contraction exercise of Deep contraction in your fitness routine. The deep contraction will immensely help you to attain a fit, flexible and healthy body. If you do not do any physical exercise, even then you can perform deep contraction exercises. As already explained in deep contraction, when you wake up in the morning (which you do always ), do not leave your bed without performing some contraction exercises. Further, you can easily perform the natural stretches during any busy day. (I have already explained it in detail in deep contraction exercises )
Adopting these three yogic aids in our daily schedule is not at all difficult. In the beginning, you will have to make some effort. However, as explained above, these three yogic aids does not require specific allocation of time for them. By making slight modification in your daily life, you can adopt these wonderful tools of self development. Using these three aids is free, however, the profits you gain from them are invaluable.
I wish you all the best as you embark on giving a genuine try to these three wonderful yogic aids in meditation.
Next we shall learn about some do’s and don’ts in meditation. These instructions will clarify your doubts about the timing, place and postures in meditation.