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Up until 20 years ago, meditation was a word once to describe strange people that often sat in caves and did nothing for most of their lives. Others would think you had some form of drug addiction, and some may just have thought you were, well, plain weird. Luckily, scientific studies has taken that stigma away that has consistently proven to make you happier, more content and care-free. These are by far only a very few of the benefits.
Why You Should Meditate
Meditation, is what I call mental medication. It’s a fantastic way to not just help with every day stress, but to go within and feel a deep sense of relaxation. Relaxation is one of the main benefits of meditation, but there are countless others. I personally find after meditation, I become very focused. It increases concentration and attention span significantly, for those people that have trouble studying for long periods of time.
Meditation has numerous health benefits. For people that have sleeping problems, it’s miraculous. It also has the ability to significantly reduce depression, anxiety or any stress you’re having in your life. Yes, it takes a bit of practice, but anyone can do it!
How To Meditate
For the most part, people seem to have a misconception about meditation. That it has to be done in a specific pose, period or time or to make sounds while meditation. Though these are optional, they aren’t necessary to feel the benefits of meditation.
Another misconception is that there is a goal in meditation. Some think that it is to reach a certain spiritual point, and others think that the goal is to clear your mind. Again, these may happen, but meditation does not have a specific goal.
1. Find A Relaxing Place
Relaxation seems to be more and more challenging these days. Especially with our phones ringing, buzzing and making all kinds of sounds that always have us constantly distracted. Meditation is best done in a quiet, relaxing place that makes you feel at ease. At least as much as possible.
Breathing in meditation can be taught in many ways and forms, but I will show you my way which has worked amazing for my own personal life. When you are relaxed, you can take a few deep breaths in and out to first calm your body. When you feel calm, you can start my 5-5-5 method. 5 seconds inhale. 5 seconds hold. 5 seconds exhale. When you become comfortable with this, you can gradually increase to 6 seconds, 7 seconds to what ever you feel comfortable with.
3. The Busy Mind
Not many practitioners talk about this much, but it’s one of the biggest reasons why people give up on meditation. People think that you have to have acquire a Zen state-like mind in order to have meditated successfully. Sorry, but incorrect. At the start of all meditation, your mind is very busy. It’s used to being in the state of your every day life. The good news is that after a few minutes you will start to feel it slow down.
4. Clouds In The Sky
This is one of my favourite methods and ways to describe meditation. As I’ve mentioned before, most people force themselves to try and slow their mind down, until they end up frustrated and give up. This is not meditation. This is frustration. So how do you slow the mind down?
Think of every thought as clouds in the sky. Instead of trying to control the thoughts and make them go away, understand they are there. Simple acknowledge their existence. Try not to associate any emotion with them. When you are ready, visualize that thought or feeling floating away like a cloud in the sky.
5. Practice, Practice, Practice
Like anything, consistency is key. You have spent your whole life training yourself into the way you think. It’s going to take a bit of practice to unravel all of the knots you’ve made over the years. But once you do it, you will feel amazing and you won’t know why. For most people it takes 1 or 2 weeks with daily practice for 10-15 minutes to start feeling the effects.
After a month, people notice lower stress, anxiety and depression. After 2 months or 3 months, people notice significant positive chances in how they think and feel in daily life.
Meditation Is A Lifestyle
That’s right. Meditation is a lifestyle. It’s not something you can do a few times and expect change. Meditation is also best coupled with exercise and diet change. Meditation can only do so much if you’re eating foods that are putting excess stress on your body that is also contributing to feeling ill. You will notice that one area affects the rest when it comes to mind, body and spirituality. An imbalance in any will knock the rest out of place.