Meditation is a bit of a buzz word right now, isn’t it?
So, like the old saying goes if you can’t beat them, join them. Let’s dive in and look at what meditation is and the benefits you can expect to experience with a regular practice of meditation.
Meditation is having an inner focus and a thought awareness to achieve a state of relaxation and a calm mind. Sounds pretty good to me, I am sure we can all do with a technique to allow us to have a calm mind. Although I may be a little biased after all my business is “Calm Your Mind Wellness”.
I’ll start by sharing with you my own personal experience of meditation, as you all may know, I never share anything with you that I haven’t tried myself.
When I first started meditating I felt like I wasn’t very good at it, as my thoughts just kept on coming. I said things like “I am just not good at this meditating thing” and “I am never going to be able to stop my thoughts”. I just kept at it and my thoughts kept coming and it wasn’t until I learned that stopping my thoughts wasn’t actually the goal anyway. Hallelujah!
The release of pressure of my shoulders when I realised this was amazing, now not stopping my thoughts, that I can do. So if I am not stopping my thoughts what am I doing, I hear you ask? Well, all you need to do is just let them be, allow them to come and allow them to go.
Thoughts like feelings, just want to be heard in a sense. Let them come and let them go, the letting go is the important part as at times we tend to hold onto a thought like it is gospel. I thought it so it must be true, right? Not necessarily, our thoughts are coming from past experiences, so each person can have a completely different thought over the same situation.
What I want you to start to do is become an observer of your thoughts, a bit like a judge in a courtroom. You have the prosecutor and the defence attorney, fighting it out and the judge just sits back and observes. That is your job now, observe your thoughts and decide whether they have merit or not.
5-minute meditation practice
Step 1 – Find a quiet place
Step 2 – Sit or lay down
Step 3 – Start 5 minute timer
Step 4 – Close your eyes
Step 5 – Start concentrating on your breath – nice deep breaths
Step 6 – Observe your thoughts
Step 7 – Let your thoughts come and go
Step 8 – Open your eyes and feel refreshed
Over time you will be able to increase your time, 5 minutes is a great place to start. “The Insight Timer App” is perfect for your meditation, it plays music and will sound a chime when your time is up.
The Benefits of Meditation
- Relief from stress and anxiety
- Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
- Lower cholesterol levels
- More efficient oxygen use by the body
- Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
- Restful Sleep
- Feel more grounded
- Connected to your higher self
- Increase your intutition
- Feel more calm and relaxed
As you can see there are so many benefits to meditation and for me the one that stands out the most is just that feeling of overall calm, allows me to deal with situations in my life easily and effortlessly.
Give it a try and let me know what your favourite benefit is.
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