Sitting meditation might be the fruition of a deep yoga practice. Some say that the only reason to practice yoga asana is to perfect this one posture, the posture of sitting meditation. But why would you want to begin a meditation practice?
What Is Sitting Meditation?
Sitting meditation as described here is a non-religious, non-dogmatic practice that can be practiced by anyone. Though it comes from the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, you do not need to subscribe to Buddhist beliefs to do the practice. It is a very simple and straightforward technique of training the mind to be present, focused and aware.
Sitting meditation is essentially about training the mind. It starts with learning to identify the way our mind works when we are not paying attention. We then apply mindfulness to bring awareness to the process of observing the mind. When this can be achieved with some regularity, the shift is remarkable. We start to experience more clarity, stability and joy.
I recommend setting aside a separate time and space for the formal practice of sitting meditation. Early morning, evening around sunset, and just before bed are auspicious times. More important than how long you sit is how regularly. It is better to sit every day for 5 minutes than once a week for an hour. Even better is to sit every day for an hour. Regularity reinforces your commitment to yourself. It sends a message (that we may not even hear consciously at first) that you are serious about practice. This can have profound effects on your life.