What is meditation?
Meditation is an ancient tradition that has been practiced since the early stages of human kind. There are many different types of meditation that provide many different benefits to both mind and body. Meditation most often consists of relaxing the body and opening up the mind to induce different states of consciousness not normally experienced through your normal everyday activities. Many different religions from all around the world practice different forms of meditation such as reflection, contemplation, mantras, and even some forms prayer.
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
How does meditation work? How do I meditate?
To begin your meditation it is recommended you find a comfortable position. Lying down on your back, sitting in a chair, on the floor in a cross leg position or simply standing are all good positions for meditation. Whatever position you choose, make sure you back is straight and avoid slouching as this can affect your meditation.
Once you are comfortable in your chosen position, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathe. Breath in slowly and deeply bringing the air into the lower part of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. On the breathe out you should also hold for a few seconds before breathing in again. After a few breaths you should find a nice rhythm and can now release the focus on your breath and turn it instead onto your intention for the meditation. This can vary from relaxation, to focusing in on emotional states such as love, anger, happiness, or you can simply enjoy the ride and go with the flow of where you mind takes you. The important part here is to retain focus on your intention by avoiding the urge to go to sleep or let your mind wander aimlessly as it often does during normal wakeful hours. If you find yourself doing this that is okay, simply redirect your attention on to your desired focus and continue breathing.
“Meditation is meeting eternity in the present moment. It is resolving every problem as it comes. It is resolving every tension as it creeps in. It is facing the challenges of life in a non-fearful way.” ~Vimala Thakar
The Many Benefits of Meditation
The list of benefits from meditation are many, and have been proven medically. Benefits of meditation can vary from person to person as each practitioner is different in their approach. However some basic benefits from meditation are…
- Increased attention span
- Improved brain function
- reduced stress / reduced aging
- Release what is holding you back / fears
- Increased immunity which helps to fight diseases
- deeper appreciation for life
- helps you to feel more grounded
- Deeper feelings of contentedness
- Makes you a happier person
- Increased empathy and compassion
- Helps you relax, providing you with good restful sleep
“When you have achieved a state of deep meditation, you unlock the door to your subconscious mind. That is where the power to create the life you desire lies.” ~Adrian Calabrese
Always remember that meditation is not some practice that is rigid and set in stone. You create your own meditation space and gain your own personal experiences from meditation. I have a private space set aside just for meditation purposes where I can light candles, Incense, and play music which helps to get me in the right frame of mind and set the mood. It’s all about personal preference. You can meditate for 5 minutes or 5 hours at a time, it is completely up to you. Just relax, breathe deep, and enjoy your alone time…with you!
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