Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”
He replied, “NOTHING!”
However, Buddha said, “Let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age, and death.”
What Is Meditation?
A quick internet search will result in an ever expanding web of information detailing what meditation is.
But, there is no need to overcomplicate it.
Let’s keep it simple:
“Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought, or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”
Wikipedia for the win!
Meditation is a very individual and personalized practice - there is no one “right way” to do it. As you start or continue your meditation journey, you have the full freedom to
create and use whatever technique you choose.
All you need to do is sit back, relax, and soak in the incredible benefits of meditation:
5 Ways Meditation Can Positively Benefit Your Health
#1. Promotes Self Awareness
-Can help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself:
- Who you are
- What you want in life
- How you relate to others
- Your vision and goals
-Gives you a greater awareness of your thoughts, habits, and patterns of behavior.
-Meditating fosters self-inquiry and encourages you to get to know yourself and create positive changes in your life.
#2. Kicks Stress to the Curb
-Calming your mind works hand in hand in calming your body’s inflammation that is caused by stress.
-Reducing inflammation throughout your body promotes your overall health and wellbeing as well as restful and rejuvenating sleep.
-Daily meditation is a good habit in regards to having “me time”. It is a time to simply be, breathe, and show yourself some love.
#3. Helps You Stay Focused
-Regular meditation helps to increase the endurance and strength of your attention span.
-Meditation encourages mental focus, which can result in being better able to focus on tasks in your day to day life.
-Consider meditation as exercise for your attention span, which will strengthen your skills and help you be able to redirect and focus your thoughts.
#4. Spread Love and Kindness
-Various meditation techniques and styles, such as loving-kindness meditation, are used to develop kind thoughts and feelings toward yourself and others.
-Meditation has also been found to increase compassion and empathy.
-Developing a daily meditation practice will boost your vibe as well as raise your level of positivity.
#5. Ease Anxiety
-Less stress = less anxiety. As you read above, frequent meditation has been shown to kick stress to the curb.
-Meditation’s peaceful and calming effect helps lower anxiety-related conditions such as phobias, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive behavior.
How To Meditate
Now that you know WHY you should be meditating, let’s take a closer look at HOW to meditate. There is a plethora of techniques, skills, and methods to choose from so it is up to you to experiment and discover what meditation practice works for YOU.
Here are the basic to help you get started on your meditation journey today. The best part is that no experience or equipment is required!
-Sit or lie down comfortably. Use cushions if desired.
-Close your eyes.
-Breathe naturally. Do not make an effort to try to control your breath, simply let your breath guide you.
-Focus on your breath and how it your body reacts to each inhale and exhale.
-Continue focusing on your breath and if you find your mind wandering, gently direct it back to your breath.
Start with a 2-3 minute period and then work your way up to longer periods.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” - Baba Ram Dass
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Author Bio: Lindsay Sibson
Lindsay turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plane in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging, and "figuring it out" step by step.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to unleash their adventurous spirit, discover a world of possibilities, and design life in their own unique way. Follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/traveloholic).