What is Meditation and Why Should We Do It?
Meditation is the safest and easiest way that we can balance our mental state and wellbeing.
It is about an approach to cope with the stressful lifestyles that rob us of inner peace. It is a technique that can be learnt by just about anyone with patience and persistence. It is a way of clearing our mind of unwanted distractions and disturbing emotions that can become overwhelming at times.
There have been many scientifically proven results from meditation such as increased concentration, balancing of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, improved memory, and also decreased stress levels, depression and anxiety.
We actually meditate all the time whether we realise it or not. The human brain never stops working and operates on many levels, often at the same time. Therefore we are aware and meditating whether conscious, subconscious or unconscious.
Concentration of the mind is absolutely necessary for all of us. Just as you tone your muscles through physical training you need to train your mind through mental training. Meditation is a powerful mental tonic that not only relaxes the mind but also the body. By learning to meditate successfully we are enhancing our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health.
Meditation can be practiced using many different techniques. Some are very structured and require time to master while others are as simple as just sitting quietly in a comfy chair and relaxing while you think of the events of the day. Most forms of meditation can be picked up with practice, here are just a few different types:
Using Classical or New Age meditation music where you focus your attention on the notes drawing your attention into the moment. You can also get New Age music that can be vibrational or chanted.
A guided meditation is where the facilitator becomes your point of focus. They invite you to pay attention to their words and are drawn into a beautiful relaxing state by imagining scenes or experiences.
The Breath meditation is where you focus solely on your breathing and allow your mind to calm as you listen and feel your breath. There is a direct connection between your breath and your state of mind. For example: when you are agitated or angry your breath will become short and fast whereas when you are feeling calm your breath will be slow and even.
This is where you simply relax and focus on an object or scene or even on a chakra point.
Yoga is where physical positions or movements are used to focus the mind and body. There are many scientifically proven benefits for practicing Yoga. These include decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, drop in cholesterol levels, improved air flow to the lungs, decreased stress etc.
Do’s and Don’ts
Fix a time and place and try to meditate around the same time everyday. Early in the morning or just before bed are considered the best times of the day.
Leave a break after eating before you meditate otherwise your energy will get divided between your meditation and digestion.
Avoid meditation if you are already over-stimulated with caffeine or alcohol.
Do not meditate when you are depressed as you are more likely to focus your attention on the negative thought and this will make you feel worse.
Try to gradually lengthen the time you meditate for. It is better to have regular short sessions than irregular long ones.
If suffering from any illness such as Schizophrenia, Multiple Personality Disorder, Psychosis, Bi Polar Disorder, or Delusional Disorder we recommend that you consult your doctor before attempting meditation and only do so once you have been given clearance and only under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
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