Meditation is a nice quick, easy and safe way to balance our mind and body.
Meditation is a great tool that you can practice any time you like to help you cope with any stress that as a result takes away your inner peace. It is a technique that can be learnt by anyone with patience and persistence, therefore making it an easy remedy for better health. It is a great way of helping to clear our minds of unwanted distractions and disturbing emotions that can become quite overwhelming at times.
Meditations is something that everyone does on a regular basis without even realizing they are doing it. Our brains are in a constant state of operation on many levels all the time and as a result do not shut down. Therefore we are aware and meditating all the time whether it is consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously. Consciously structuring a regular routine for meditation will therefore produce a quicker state of well-being.
Some Benefits Of Meditation
Meditation has now been scientifically proven to help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Studies show that meditation helps to balance the right and left hemispheres our of brains. This is important as it can increase our concentration, improve our memory and generally give us a feeling of calmness. It can also enhance our quality of sleep, being an important factor to our overall well-being.
Lowers your heart rate
Reduces blood pressure
Increase mental focus
Increase your immune system
Decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety
Increases memory retention
Enhances our memory recall
Increases better decision-making
Helps with problem solving
Improves energy levels
Helps us to process information easier
Proven to Increase creative thinking
Increases cognitive skills
Better manages ADHD
Shown to help with pain management
Lessens worry and fear
Increases awareness and perception
Regulates our moods
Greatly reduces symptoms of panic disorders
Different Types Of Meditation
Listed below are just a couple of different types of meditation. First of all find what works for you. We are all different and not every technique will work for everyone. If unsure just find a quiet place and sit comfortably and allow your mind to go still.
You can get audio meditations just about anywhere these days. These are just different forms of instrumental music that can help relax us. You can also get chanting meditations or vibrational music. It really doesn’t matter which type of audio music you listen to help you meditate. Just as long as it is something you enjoy listening too. The idea of audio meditation music is for you to focus your attention on the different notes consequently bringing your attention into the present moment.
Guided meditation usually has a gentle instrumental sound in the background. Over the music a gentle voice guides you on a relaxation journey and becomes your point of focus. The voice will guide you to pay attention to their words and slowly bring you to a relaxed by imagining scenes or experiences.
This is where you’re guided to focus solely on your breathing and every aspect of it. This helps your mind to calm as you listen and feel your every breath. Studies have discovered a direct connection between your state of mind and your breath. It shows that when your breathing is shallow and fast you are normally in a state of agitation. Whereas when you are calm your breathing as a result becomes slower, deeper and even.
Unstructured meditation is just that. You can sit in the garden and focus your attention on listening to the birds or the wind in the trees while just taking slow deep breaths. You can sit or lay anywhere that you are comfortable and just put your attention on anything around you. Try just sitting on a beach while watching the waves roll in and as a result you will be calmed by the fresh air and hypnotic sounds of the ocean.
Yoga is where gentle movement and physical positions are used to focus the mind as well as the body while promoting relaxation. 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 and as a result you will have decreased stress and most of all a greater sense of well-being.
Things to Remember
Fix a time and place and try to meditate around the same time everyday. Early in the morning or just before bed are probably considered the best times of the day.
Try and leave a break after eating before you try to meditate because your energy will get divided between your meditation and digestion.
It is probably best to avoid meditation if you are already over-stimulated with caffeine or alcohol.
If you are suffering depression it is especially relevant to ensure when you meditate that you focus your attention on positive things rather than any negative thoughts, hence making you feel worse.
First of all, when learning to meditate it is best to start with just five to ten minutes a day. Once you have established a routine it is probably best to gradually increase your time each day by five minutes. You will have a more beneficial outcome if you can establish a daily routine of short meditations rather 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. Once you have been given clearance we recommend meditation only under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
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