Meditation and martial arts share a multifaceted relationship. Indeed, meditation is a most valuable tool for a martial artist to use to prepare his mind before training and increase his focus. Many martial arts students also meditate to let go of their thoughts or emotions and to achieve inner peace. Indeed, many students prefer to practice morning meditation and enjoy its benefits. If you are new to meditation and don’t know where to start, here are some meditation tips for you:
1. Find An Appropriate Space
Find an appropriate space where you can sit and meditate. If you have joined a morning martial art class, find a corner and meditate there. If you are meditating in your personal space, you can turn off the lights and light some scented candles before starting meditation.
2. Stay Comfortable
Position your body in a comfortable position before you start your morning meditation. If you are practicing Mokuso or Zen meditation, come in Seiza position by kneeling and resting your foot on ankles. The palm of one of your hands should be over another and thumbs should firmly touch each other.
3. Focus On Your Breath
There are several meditation forms that don’t focus on breathing such as the active meditation Tai Chi. However, if you do not practice this martial art, you can opt for breathing meditation. Just focus on your breaths as you breathe deeply and slowly. Your full attention should be on your breathing cycles. For easy and better practice, you can count as you breathe.
4. If Your Mind Wanders, Start Over
Don’t be attached to your thoughts; allow them to pass. If your mind somehow gets entangled in them, start over by counting ‘1’ again.
5. Focus On Something
You can set your gaze on a fixed point to focus better. A series of points can also work better. For instance, you can focus on your body parts one by one, starting from the nails of your feet and then slowly proceeding until you reach the crown of your head. You can even focus on your thoughts as they arise and pass through your mind. Focusing on thoughts is easy to focus on your breathing cycles. Remember you have to just stay with whatever comes in your mind and not judge it. If you wish, you can also develop the practice of visualizing your martial art movements for better concentration.
6. Give Up Criticism
Develop a friendly attitude toward yourself as well as to others. Apart from giving yourself love and care, treat your opponents the same way. Do not consider them your enemies while fighting with them. Instead, think that you and your opponents are an equal part of this universe and no one is above the other.
7. Establish A Routine
Practice your morning meditation for about 8 to 10 minutes every day. Follow this routine for efficient practice. Once you establish a routine, you can increase the duration of your meditation. Just remember to be consistent with your practice to achieve maximum results.
8. Meditate With A Group
You can ask other students from your training class to join in. You can also meditate with your friends or family members. Meditating in a group may help you do it for a longer period.