Written by Amber
So what make meditation good for you? Some believe that a 20 minute meditation daily over a period of time can help decrease anxiety, as well as depression and tendencies towards anger. Meditating regularly is also believed to help boost the immune system, help with psoriasis, chronic pain, high blood pressure, immune functioning and increase ones attention span as well as help to increase general well-being.
Meditation can help increase levels of concentration, it can also help you to be less worried by the small things that can sometimes upset us, it can enable us to see the bigger picture and reduce stress. It can also help us learn to live in the here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future
Meditation can help us discover our inner selves, and therefore gain a better insight into our life’s purpose.
What makes meditation good for you and what exactly is meditation?
Meditation is the ability to silence the mind. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we are therefore able to experience inner peace. It is this inner peace that attracts so many people to meditation.
For many people meditation is used to help them cope with issues from the past/heal and stay in the present without worrying about what the future may hold. Meditation also enhances your ability to connect with your emotions.
So what exactly is meditation and how do you meditate
Meditation does take an investment of time. But once the mind is clear the inner peace is found the benefits will soon be apparent.
Meditation is not about retreating from the world nor is it some weird cryptic activity, as many people believe, meditation gives us inspiration. Whatever you do, if you have peace of mind, your work will be more enjoyable and productive.
With meditation comes the knowledge of you and who you really are, it is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, that path is your life.
With meditation comes the knowledge that our life path has a direction, and that this is always unfolding, moving forward and that what happens now, in this moment will have an effect/impact on what happens next “cause and effect”.
As previously said meditation does take an investment of time and practice. To get the most from your meditation you need to do it every day, as well finding a place and time when you will not be disturbed.
Preferably avoid meditating while lying down because meditation brings complete relaxation and the likely-hood if lying down is that you will simply fall asleep.
Preferably sit on a straight backed chair or at least with a straight back. During meditation when done right you remain fully alert and conscious with a heightened awareness. Afterwards you’ll have a positive feeling for the world and a renewed sense of vitality.
Do not eat a heavy meal before meditating after a heavy meal your body will be lethargic with digestion. Burning incense and having candles lit is not necessary, but they can add a little extra inspiration. Many believe meditation is more beneficial early in the morning.
Once you learn to meditate you will soon start to feel the many benefits. You will undoubtedly find the first time you meditate that the mind tries to hold several different thoughts and ideas at once, it becomes apparent how cluttered the mind is. However, the mind can be tamed and forced to concentrate on a single thought.
Meditation is the process of slowing down our mind, and controlling our stream of thoughts. The meditative state can be controlled through our breathing. Taking slow rhythmic breaths will calm your body and mind, and act as the connection between your mind and body, and before long, you will be meditating.
One helpful technique is gazing into a crystal like a piece of rough cut – unpolished clear quartz concentrating on the lines within the crystal. Narrow your gaze into the centre of the crystal and block out all other thoughts, keep your breathing slow and rhythmic. If you become distracted and your mind begins to wander go back to focusing on the crystal. You can also use a candle and concentrate on the tip of the flame. The important thing is that you concentrate only on one thing at a time.
Another method of learning meditation
Another method of learning meditation is to use the mantra. A mantra is the repetition of a sacred word such as AUM a certain number of times. Repeating the mantra helps the mind to focus on a single thought.
Meditation is the ability to silence the mind
The next step after learning to concentrate the mind on one single thought at a time is to train the mind to have no thought.
Achieving a silent mind is difficult, but once attained is powerful. Don’t become discouraged if you struggle with the ability to silence the mind straightaway. It takes time and practice. Unfortunately, our mind is used to complication and it takes time to unlearn bad habits.
Even a beginner may achieve the alpha state quite quickly, and with practice be able to calm the mind enough to produce theta brainwaves.
This state of relaxation is unlike anything a non-meditator has ever experienced, and is also the source of a lot of insights.
Alpha, Theta, and Delta states calm down our brain and allow it to refuel our neurochemical tanks. That’s why after meditation we enjoy greater mental clarity, focus, and serenity.
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