Meditation is claimed to have many health benefits. Some describe meditation as an exercise for the brain. Although, many of us know that meditation is one of the best stress relief techniques. But what actually is meditation? Meditation is a term used when we focus our mind and attention on a word or object to achieve mental clarity and a feeling of calmness. Some feel more aware of a heightened energy. Meditation has been practised for thousands of years often associated with religious traditions. Now experts are continually researching meditation for its psychological, neurological and cardiovascular benefits.
Our lives these days seem to be getting busier and faster. Some thrive on this but others find this stressful. Living in a stressful state, as well as eating a poor diet for too long does have a negative impact on our health. Nourishing wholefoods, fitness, yoga, mindfulness and meditation are all effective practices to help us balance our fast and busy lifestyles.
Meditation gives us that time to sit in silence, hopefully with nothing else going on in our head. We need to learn to give ourselves the space to download those thoughts from our brain for a few moments and allow rest. Our brains are like computers, if we don’t clear it every so often the hard drive gets full, it starts to slow down and eventually it may break down and not work at all.
Many scientific studies show that meditation can positively reduce stress and anxiety. Other benefits of meditation may include;
Some find meditation impossible, frustrating and annoying at first. Some take years to master the practice, while others slip straight into a meditation like a professional. With regular daily practice, meditation becomes easier and more enjoyable. The more one practices meditation the deeper one feels the benefits. Like yoga, you are always on a journey. Start and enjoy your journey with these steps for your meditation.
Effectively, with meditation, we are trying to train the mind to quieten and focus. Approach your journey of meditation as you would fitness and training your body to run a marathon. Slowly day by day you build your program up and slowly your muscles strengthen. No one is an expert at anything to begin with. Be patient with yourself and enjoy your journey.
There are different types of meditation, try them all to see what works best for you. Concentration meditation is a style which involves focusing on a single point. Looking up to your third eye, repeating a single word, repeating the same word as you inhale and another word as you exhale or simply focusing on your breath with no words. Mindfulness meditation has become very popular in recent years. It involves observing your wandering thoughts as they drift through your mind. Training your mind not to get involved or judge the thoughts is the trick to this style of meditation. Moving meditation such as yoga, tai chi, qigong and walking meditation are all popular moving meditation techniques which are fantastic if you are a beginner at meditation.
Which is your favourite style of meditation? If you have never practiced meditation before we encourage you to try it and check back in with us to let us know how you are going. We’d love to know.
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