A Short Introduction to Meditation …
Meditating is Easier than You Think
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There are many styles of meditation and whatever style you practice will do you good. Forget about having to sit down for a full hour and think of nothing, which is a hard thing to do. If you only have 5 minutes a day you can already benefit of it. If you have 10 to 15 minutes, it will be even more beneficial*.
Some people like guided meditations, others prefer to put on an easy flowing piece of instrumental music or just have nature as a background. For those who are too energetic or agitated a walking meditation could work better. Some say they enter a meditative state when jogging, swimming, surfing or drawing and colouring mandalas. It is all perfect, as long as it brings your awareness into the here and now, and connects you with your internal world.
We are used to listen to our mind and ego and as such tend to forget about our heart and soul. Our mind can be very obsessive, repeating the same thought over and over again. If those thoughts cause us stress, anxiety or depression it is even more important to try to educate our mind consciously to take a break and engage in more healthy (thinking) behaviour for our overall wellbeing.
When you start meditating it is extremely difficult to control your thoughts. You’ll get better at it with practice. Actually, the thinking is not the problem as such. It is what you think and how you think what causes you trouble. Often you are not even aware of your though patterns and obsessive thoughts. So if you try meditation and your mind is very active, just observe what kind of thoughts you have every time that you start thinking. Then, try to clear your mind. You will get to know yourself better. Don’t judge your thoughts or yourself for thinking. Always be kind to yourself.
“Mind over matter”. This famous quote shows the beautiful creative power of the mind. You can use visualization techniques during your meditation and as such reprogram your mind and (sub)consciousness. You can bring yourself to a place where you feel good and safe, and experience gratitude. Your mind becomes your ally.
One way of diverting attention from your thoughts, especially if you are not using guided meditations, is focussing on your breath. An additional benefit is that breathing techniques also influence physiological factors by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. You learn how to calm down the mind and body.
Why connecting to your heart? For one, it is the centre of your feelings. It is also the place where you are connected to your own soul. Your heart knows. And on a physiological level, it is the main oscillator of your body, let’s say, it sets the tone and frequency for the rest of your body to follow. The effect of heart activity on brain function has been researched extensively over about the past 40 years. When you feel connected to your heart and your heart rate is coherent, balanced and calm, it has a mayor effect on your physiological, cognitive, and emotional systems.
* There are thousands of studies that have shown meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing depression, anxiety, stress, improving sleep, promoting emotional health and well-being, increasing focus, improving immunity, building resilience to pain, stabilizing blood circulation and much, much, more. If you want to read more about the positive effects of meditation, than the following article is a good start: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-meditation
A Short Guided Mediation
Get ready and turn on the sound.
Stop stress and create a healthy happy life.