Zen Meditation is also called Zazen, which in Japanese means seated zen or seated meditation. It is believed to have its origins traced back to the Indian monk Bdhodharma. This meditation practice is more popular in Japan and Korea. Zen Meditation is an easy meditation practice, great for beginners. It needs practice to learn how to do it properly.
Zen Meditation – in just a few steps
As its name is seated meditation, you will have to practice it seated. You can choose from the common lotus or half-lotus position or sitting on a comfortable chair. The important thing in your seating is t be comfortable and your back must be straight. This straightness must start from the pelvis and keep to your neck. Your mouth must be closed. Your eyes can be closed or lowered. When you are done finding the best position, your back is straight and your mouth and eyes as described, you can start the meditation.
You can choose to meditate by focusing on your breath. This method of Zen Meditation helps you to deepen your meditation with counting your breath. You have to breath in and out slowly and deeply through your nose. Take your first breath and start with then. The next breath will be nine. And so on until you get to one. When you counted backwards from ten to one, then start again from ten. This practice helps you to clear your mind and be in the present moment. Your focus is only on your breath. If there are thoughts wondering around your mind, notice them and then let them go. Don’t think of them, just notice them, and let the them fly away. Get your attention back to your breath and counting.
You can also choose to just sit. This time you don’t have to focus on anything. You just sit quietly. Breath deeply and slowly. This is one kind of effortless meditation method. When you just rest. You just stay in the present moment. Notice your thoughts, but don’t judge them. You are aware of everything you feel and think. And you are in a state of deep observation. You are in the present.
Zen Meditation is a very easy kind of meditation. It is also very common. But as any meditation method, this one needs practice too. If you think that it is hard to keep your mind clean of thoughts, it will become easier with practice. This Zen Meditation is great for daily practice. 10-20 minutes of meditation a day has a lot of benefits for your body, mind and spirit.