The ability to meditate is becoming more and more important in the stressful fast paced world we live in. Meditation is the perfect tool to stay grounded and focused.
What is Meditation?
Meditation can be defined as any activity which creates a state in which all thought processes cease. In meditation, all the activity of the mind is reduced to one state of calm.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can bring about the healing of the body, mind and soul. On a physical level, the benefits include a decrease in blood pressure, improvement in breathing and can lower the resting heart which takes stress off the heart.
Meditation can reduce the chemical levels in the body that are associated with stress which can lead to a reduction in anxiety levels, stress, depression and panic attacks.
It can also decrease moodiness and can lead to mental clarity and peace of mind, the necessary conditions for the resolution of many psychological disorders.
If used before bed, meditation can aid sleep which is especially helpful for individuals who suffer from insomnia.
On a soul level, meditation is the perfect tool to connect with your intuition and inner wisdom. It allows the individual to transcend the ego-mind of thoughts and fears; conditioning of the past and anxiety of the future and enter a state of now.
There are many different types of meditation, but the end goal is to create a state of calmness in the mind without thought process i.e. giving your brain a rest.
Meditation is hard to begin with and many people try and give up as it is difficult to stop our thoughts and enter that state of calmness.
This is a simple meditation for beginners….
When you are comfortable in your chosen position, close your eyes and start to take deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, completely filling up the lungs whilst allowing your body to relax.
Concentrate fully on each breath you take in and out. If your mind starts to wander, do not get frustrated – just calmly bring your attention back to your breath.
Once you feel relaxed, after you release each breath, leave a gap before you take the next breath in. I leave a gap of around 10 seconds but do whatever feels comfortable to you. During this gap focus your attention on your empty mind. Again, if your mind starts to wander, bring its attention back to the emptiness.
Take another breath in and out and repeat. Again, don’t feel frustrated if your mind wanders off; just keep bringing it back to your breathing and the emptiness in between breaths.
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