The Twelve Principles of Meditation

The Twelve Principles of Meditation

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a lifelong practitioner and certified Teacher of Yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in India. As well as being the founder of Body Mind Light, she also teaches online Hatha Yoga classes. Read more...

14 Responses

  1. Andrey says:

    Dear Andrea
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to take towards their healthy living, mindfulness and positive mindset. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey

  2. Hannie says:

    Until a couple of years ago I had convinced myself meditation was not for me. And once I was able to get rid of such a limiting belief, I loved it. There are a couple of new things for me in your list of principles. For instance #8 and #10. It’s always great to read about something I didn’t know before, so thank you for that.
    Also, it’s nice to be confirmed in what I already do, like principle 3 and 4.
    Thanks Andrea.

  3. Hi Andrea,

    I’ll openly admit that I still struggle with meditation, but it is something that has now become a part of my daily life.

    I guess my journey with meditation started back in January 2018 (so, I’m still a novice in terms of time), and I’ve had some struggles, but occasionally some beautifully peaceful and insightful times.

    I gave up on using apps and guided meditations some time last year, as for me complete silence was the most important factor.

    Just running through your twelve principles I seem have most of them covered – I meditate first thing upon awakening (and I wake up at the same time every day).

    I’m always in the same place and I appreciate the importance of proper body alignment.

    I focus on an inhale of 3 seconds, hold my breath for 4 seconds, and exhale for 5 seconds.

    This seems to keep me concentrated and grounded and I’m definitely getting better with the wandering mind.

    However, I love the idea of a focal point. I think this is definitely what’s missing from my current practice. I think the Anahata chakra is more appealing to me, as a focus on the heart just seems more beautiful.

    Thank you Andrea I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

    Partha

  4. Christine says:

    Hi Andrea,

    I sometimes meditate, and it always calms my mind and makes a beautiful start of the day. I have not been consistent with my meditations, though, and I like to be more consistent. I have two beautiful spots outside where I can meditate. I need to start doing it again soon and make it a habit.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Please do! Take advantage of those ideal locations you have outside and make them into your own personal retreat.
      Here’s an excerpt from The Upanishads that may inspire you:

      “In a clean, level spot, free from pebbles, fire, and gravel,
      By the sound of water and other propinquities
      Favourable to thought, not offensive to the eye,
      In a hidden retreat protected from the wind, one should practice yoga.”

  5. Maddie says:

    Hi Andrea, I have to admit I have never really meditated but a friend of mine recommended trying it out as I have a very busy lifestyle. I didn’t know where to start but this article is very straightforward and I love how you have broken the principle down into bite size sections that are really easy to understand as a newbie. I feel ready to give it a go now. Thank you!

  6. Andrea,

    What a great article. I’ve actually been wanting to meditate more to help relieve stress, especially with my children here doing homeschooling. I’m sooo ready for school to be back in session and in person.

    I find that I have to raise my voice often at my kids, like today, remind them to sit up straight, not look like they’re about to go to sleep with pillows and blankets and everything else covering them up. Ugh.

    I will definitely be coming back to your article on how to meditate, and help relieve this inner dilemma I’ve been facing since school started back in session.

    Thanks for sharing this! Love it!

    Katrina

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      We all get stressed out, even with our dearest loved ones, Katrina. That’s what makes us human.
      But a yogi is able to recognize it. A yogi is able to see areas where we can put these practices to use. So bravo!
      I hope these principles will guide you along in your journey to inner peace and serenity!

  7. Giuseppe says:

    Andrea,

    Thank you for this great article.
    I now have a great template to refer upon to help get my meditations started.

    Sincerely,
    Giuseppe

    ps: Your website has so many great articles, I love it!

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