In its simplest form, meditation is a practice that has been around for over 3,000 years. It is a state of intense focus that most people achieve by sitting still, focusing on their breath or repeating a word or phrase, silently, to themselves over and over. A lot of people have the wrong idea about meditation; "I can't stop my thoughts, I can't sit still, I can't stay silent, etc.." It may feel like a distant unrealistic practice reserved only to those who aren't busy or stressed.
To me, meditation is a mental exercise that is used to calm the mind and body.
Take a moment, right now as you read this, to shift your attention on your breath.
Notice the air as it enters your nostrils, is it warm? cool? what does this sensation feel like? how intense is the pressure coming in? Observe that same air, as it leaves your body, is your exhale slow? fast? Just by doing this simple exercise you are shifting your awareness.
Meditation allows us to shift awareness and practice maintaining that state of awareness. This powerful tool consistently creates more clarity, focus and gets us in touch with creativity. Creating a healthy relationship with our mind; giving us the opportunity to make clear decisions, navigate unpleasant emotions and stay calm in the face of the hardest storms.
This practice of shifting awareness has the ability to shift the internal state of your mind and body.
Meditation techniques have been recognized to be so effective that they are being used in schools, hospitals and other places to help people with their mental health.
On top of helping manage stress, anxiety, and depression; many studies show a direct link between meditation and better sleep. As well as being associated to lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and an increase in serotonin- an important chemical for mood regulation. Suggesting Meditation not only benefits the mind, but the body as well.
If you are ready to try meditation but not so sure how to get started, see the suggested basic techniques that can be done, anywhere, anytime. Just find a quiet space, set a timer and surrender.
- Focused breathing: observe your breathing pattern for a few minutes and tune into any sensations in your body.
- Mantra meditation: repeat a mantra or prayer in your mind to help clear your thoughts during meditation.
- Mindful walking: a technique where you focus on the sensations that arise from each step while walking, rather than external stimuli.
- Guided meditation: try a guided meditation, from breath work to visualization, this can encourage you to let go with out worrying about time or losing yourself in thought.
Ultimately, the best way to meditate is to find a technique that works for you.
You can try different techniques and see what feels right, as there are many ways to meditate.
The most important thing is that you find what makes you feel good, so you reap the benefits of this incredible practice.
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