Guide To Meditation
First, I’d like to start off by saying how excited I am to finally be writing a post about meditation. For years, I have meditated to help me cope with life’s biggest stresses, deal with exams and anxieties. It has allowed me to develop a sense of security within myself. Meditation has allowed me to become calmer and has helped me to rationalize my problems.
Everyone is able to meditate. There isn’t a specific religion or group of people who are only allowed to meditate. Meditation is something for anyone and everyone. It can and should be adapted into everyone’s lives.
Now, let’s begin.
What is meditation?
According to the Buddhist center, “Meditation is a means of transforming the mind.” It is the practice of turning your attention to a mental or spiritual state of clarity, relaxation, and peace. The majority of the time it involves focusing on deep breaths, certain thoughts or words (known as a mantra) or tuning in to your bodily sensations.
Benefits of Meditation
- improves quality of life
- improves concentration
- encourages a positive outlook on life
- increases happiness
- slows down blood pressure
- decreases rates of depression
- enhances self-acceptance and self-esteem
- increases memory retention
- helps aid with ADHD
Overall, meditation has been proven to improve the lives of those who practice. It is a simple method that can easily increase your overall state of happiness. Some of the most important things meditation can do for someone reduce their levels of depression and anxiety. If you haven’t had the chance to read my post on Managing and Reducing Anxiety, click here to read in detail how meditation can help reduce and heal anxiety.
How to meditate
It is easiest to meditate (especially when starting off) while listening to music or a guided meditation. There are a variety of ways you can include meditating in your life. One of the most common methods for beginners is yoga.
If you’re interested in learning more about Yoga and want to incorporate it into your lifestyle, I recommend getting The Yoga Bible. It includes step by step instructions and visual representations of the poses to help beginners out!
Another great method to meditate is to listen to music while focusing on positive thoughts, specific words or an idea. The idea of meditation is not to completely eliminate the thought process but to bring focus to the importance of your presence. The idea that all you must focus on is ‘now‘.
Some really great CD’s to help you meditate are:
Balancing Work, Life, and Meditation
The majority of people will say they don’t have time for meditation. Their lives become too busy, they have an 8 hour work day and there is just no time. If you’ve read my post on 10 Easiest and Healthiest Habits To Adopt In 2018, you know that there is always time to add 10-15 minutes into your day.
Ten to fifteen minutes of meditation a day to start is incredible. Whether it’s waking up 10-15 minutes earlier every day to set aside time to meditate or fitting it into your lunch schedule, you will find yourself happier than before.
A really great technique I was recommended years ago, was to wake up, sit on my bed, tell myself 10 great things about myself, then listen to a meditation on youtube. It took no time whatsoever and made me feel a lot more energized and positive throughout the day. The interesting thing is that nothing really changed in my day other than my outlook on life. This is one of the greatest benefits of meditation.
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Lastly, I hope that with these small steps you can begin to change your life for the better. Start to notice the positive things in life and increase your happiness. Whether you begin meditating for stress relief or just because I hope it changes your lifestyle for the better.
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Thanks for reading,
Lots of love,