Everywhere you look today, you are hearing about meditation and mindfulness. Well here’s another article to help you understand why meditation should be a part of your life, and some simple guidance on how to practice. The benefits of mediation are amazing, just take a look.
Physical Benefits of Meditation
- Calming effect, which makes you better able to handle stressful events and reduces your overall anxiety
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases your serotonin production thus improving your mood and behavior
- Strengthens your immune system making you healthier
- Increases your energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Mental Benefits of Meditation
Meditation changes your brainwave pattern into a state that promotes healing. The mind becomes rejuvenated, clear of clutter, and refreshed. With regular practice of meditation the benefits are:
- A quieter, calmer mind resulting in a decrease in anxious or panicked feelings
- More emotional stability
- Increased creativity
- Increased happiness
- A calmer mind lets you become more intuitive and creative
- Clearer thinking, your brain can sort through things easier
- Your mind is sharper, yet calmer. Problems begin to feel more manageable.
- Heightened sense of awareness of the beauty around you
More Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. By sitting in quiet contemplation, you’ll start discovering more about yourself, your likes and dislikes. You will begin to feel guided in your life by a greater source. Things will become easier to manage, and you will have a more positive outlook on life. You will naturally find yourself making better life choices in areas such as diet and exercise. The benefits of quieting your mind each day for as little as 5 to 10 minutes is astounding.
How to Reap these Benefits
To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. You don’t need a monastery or a mountain top to do it. Your own living room or bedroom will work. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once built into your daily routine, and once you begin to experience the difference in how you feel, meditation will become the best part of your day!
How to Meditate
So many people say, ” I know it’s good for me, but I can’t seem to do it”. It does take practice, and you need to start small and go easy on yourself. Here are some general guidelines that can help you establish and maintain your meditation practice.
- Set aside a space that you use just for meditating.
- Soft music or gentle nature sounds can be a wonderful thing to focus on and relax you. You can use your computer for this.
- Make sure you won’t be interrupted for these few moments.
- When you sit, keep your spinal column straight, while allowing your body to be relaxed. A cushion or pillow can help you achieve this. You can even sit in a chair, just make sure your back is straight.
- Relax your shoulders. Relax your body. Consider smiling slightly, a natural smile. A smile relaxes all your facial muscles.
- Focus on your breathing. As you breathe in, be aware that you are breathing in. As you breathe out, notice that you are breathing out. Deeping your breathing as you notice it.
- Use a timer or a bell to signal the start and end of your meditation. This can also be done using your computer or phone. That way you won’t be wondering “when is this over?”
- Try to practice every day. Consider daily meditation to be a kind of spiritual food. Don’t deprive yourself and the world of it.