Meditation is not related to any religion. It is a practice. All the people who practice it seriously follow a few ideals which distinguish them from the general people in the way they behave. These characteristics are developed with long-term practice and act as an aid to provide the right direction.
But, not every meditator needs to follow each law perfectly. In this article, I will cover seven laws if, followed, make the meditator distinct from the rest of the people.
Law#1: Maintain Your Cool
What is the first thing meditation teaches you?
It teaches you to stay calm in every situation.
It calms down your nervous system, develops self-control, and reduces stress. When you as a practitioner practice deep meditation daily, negative emotions become manageable and are short-lived.
Read here: Definition and benefits of deep meditation.
Law#2: Do not React before Thinking
A meditator will always pause before he reacts.
Self-awareness of people is weak. Negative emotions rule his mind.
But, if you practice meditation daily, you will notice your thoughts and emotions more clearly. You can recognize them instantly. It creates a gap between your thoughts and you.
What is the benefit of this?
You can analyze your thoughts and let them go or change them. You recognize them before they get expressed. It helps you to pause. You do not lose your control and sensibly reply to a situation.
Law#3: Develop a Sense of Non-attachment
Meditators learn the art of letting go.
What does it mean?
It means you let any thought that arises during meditation go and bring your focus back to the object of meditation.
With regular practice, meditation helps you develop a sense of non-attachment. You maintain your calm, even if something that you had is no longer with you. But, it requires regular training to program your mind.
Non-attachment is an essential skill to overcome suffering. It does not mean you do not live life to the fullest. It means you watch whatever happens without getting anxious
. You understand that you can only put in efforts and have no control over the results.
Law#4: Remain in the Present Moment
With meditation you learn to remain focused in the present moment. Meditation increases the degree of self-awareness.
- You develop a positive mindset.
- You know the difference between your thoughts and yourself.
- You have the power to observe and analyze your thoughts.
You remain in the present moment before the thought arises, during the time it grows, and after it vanishes.
You become emotionally mature and can read your behavior more clearly. You determine what a thought means to you. You decide which one will stay and for how long. You do not become a slave of your thoughts.
Law#5: Connect to your body and Breathe Deeply
Meditators are always grounded, live in the present moment, and aware of what’s going inside them.
As a meditator, you pay attention to your body sensations as they always remain in the present. You become aware of your body. You can analyze how mental and emotional changes affect your body. In this way, you can work to release tension that gets stuck in a particular body part.
Deep breathing keeps your mind peaceful and helps to controls your emotions. The regular meditator’s breathing rate is lower (8 to 10 times per minute) than non-meditators (12 to 20 times per minute).
Law#6: Do not get Distracted by Technology
Email, social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., keep you connected, informed, and entertained. But, at the same time, they make you restless, indifferent, and distracted.
People are becoming more and more prone to the usage of technology and are easily distracted by it. But, meditators practice mindfulness. It helps them to avoid over-indulgence and sensibly make use of technology.
If you remain distracted by the technology most of the time, your meditation practice is of no use. Once you know that with meditation you experience greater pleasure and benefits, you will reduce the mindless involvement with information and entertainment.
Law#7: Become Aware About the Environment
Meditation makes you aware of how you impact your environment. It reduces your materialistic desires and changes your consuming habits. It makes you aware of how the clothes you wear, and the food you eat impact your mind, body, and environment.
As a result, you start paying attention to what you put in your bodies, what you expose your minds to, and where you hang out.
It does not mean limiting yourself to reading and listening to inspirational stuff, eating organic food, practicing yoga, etc. It is about transforming your inner self and making sensible decisions in the way you feed your body, mind, and senses.
So by now, you are aware of the seven laws of meditation. Out of all these laws, the most important is to practice meditation daily. It is the building block for all other laws. Regular practice will bless you with many benefits and bring positive change in your life.
Read also: How to meditate as a beginner
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Preeti Shah
Preeti Shah (author) from Delhi on December 19, 2020:
Thank you, Cynthia!
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on December 19, 2020:
This is a well-written article with directions that are easy to understand and follow. Good work!