Meditation used to have a strong association with the long bearded man sitting on top of a mountain with his legs crossed, humming to himself.
These days meditation has become common practice in many homes due to its many benefits. These include:
- Stress reduction
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression
- Reduction in pain (both physical and psychological)
- Improved memory
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced heart rate
- Reduced Cortisol
- Increased Melatonin
What is meditation?
Meditation, as described in the ancient Vedic (Indian) texts, is an exercise of consciousness that results in the expansion of consciousness beyond the day to day experience. It is an experience of unity, which reduces stress and brings increased creativity to the functioning of the inner self.
The process of meditation goes beyond the mind to the deepest level of inner self.
Now this may sound quite intense, but the truth is meditation can be as simple as having an awareness of your breathing and being present in the moment.
Look at mediation as exercise for the mind!
So how can I start meditating?
At first, you may want to start out meditating for only 10 minutes each day. It definitely takes practice (as does any type of skill) so it’s best to start off small and work your way up.
Sit or lie down comfortably in a quiet space with no distractions
Close your eyes
Make no effort to control your breath, just breathe naturally
Focus your attention on the breathe and how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.
As your mind starts to wander (and it will) bring your focus back to the breathe and the movement of your body.
Check out the guided meditation app “Insight Timer” if you would like someone to walk you through different meditations. This is a great way to learn and they will “cue” you, through your mediation just as a personal trainer would through a workout.
You can meditate at any time of the day that suits you. If you feel that you are getting stressed or anxious. Find a quiet place and give yourself ten minutes to focus on your breath and calm the mind down.
Many successful people are incorporating meditation into their daily regimens. It is a fantastic tool to leave your feeling more focused, energised and productive.
If you would like to see the research articles on the benefits of meditation, check out the link below: