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You may already be aware of the many benefits that meditation can bring to your practice. However with today’s Aquarian Age chaos, it’s often difficult to get into the right mindset and fully reap these rewards.
Whether you are new to Kundalini Yoga or well on your journey, it’s understandable to feel distracted. Here we look at five things you can do to help maximize your concentration:
1. Release all physical tension
Sometimes we can hold tension in the body, even when we don’t realise it. Once in a comfortable position, as you begin your meditation, take a moment to notice which muscles in the body still feel tense.
Go through and relax these muscles one by one until you feel all ‘hidden’ tension in your body has been released. You may find concentrating comes more naturally once your body is physically relaxed and open to energy flow.
You may also find it useful to incorporate your breathwork as you do this. Try it and see how much you notice the benefits.
2. Sit perfectly still
One way to separate yourself from distraction is to achieve complete stillness. Physical movement—no matter how small—projects energy and awareness out into the muscles. By keeping as still as possible, you can keep the flow of energy inward, which is the ultimate aim here.
If you are prone to fidgeting or find yourself feeling particularly restless, try to imagine your body as a rock—solid and weighed to the earth. By silencing all movement, you can help silence the mind.
3. Keep your eyes slightly raised
You may already be familiar with types of eye focus when it comes to your meditation practice. For deeper concentration, ensure your eyelids are relaxed and gently lift your eyes to just above your eyebrows. Then try and rest your gaze directly in the center.
This area of the forehead—the Third Eye Point—is where concentration in the body is rooted, and where we tend to focus in everyday life when we need to concentrate. Use this eye focus in your meditation and you may notice an improvement straight away.
4. Adopt the Venus Lock mudra
Whether or not you have explored hand positions as part of your Kundalini experience, think about using the Venus Lock. Of the mudras, it’s the one that is best known for helping boost concentration by directing your focus to the base of the thumb.
Women can adopt this mudra by interlacing the fingers, with the right little finger placed at the bottom and the left thumb resting on top, on the base of the right thumb.
For men, the hands are reversed with the right thumb on top. You then gently place your hands on your lap.
Engaging in this mudra can bring a sense of mindfulness as you focus your full attention to your hands, and nothing else.
5. Sit longer
Sometimes, a busy schedule can get in the way of you settling down to practice, no matter how regular this is. The last thing you may want to hear then is to engage in meditation for longer, but it really can help.
If you can, try scheduling more time to meditate, and allow yourself a lengthier pause while you wait for the chaos to settle. Some days will be easier than others but it’s important to recognise when it’s patience that you need. Concentration wasn’t built in a day.
Continue Your Journey
Recognizing when you are struggling to concentrate is a skill in itself. Fortunately, there are many tools that you can use in Kundalini Yoga to help overcome this problem.
After working on your meditation, why not see what else you can discover to improve other aspects of your practice?
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