Meditation for many is a way of life and a way to become closer with your spiritual body. For those who are not familiar with Meditation. Mediation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly.
Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, and Oprah Winfrey are just a few celebrities who regularly meditate.
The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
1. Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
2. Building skills to manage your stress
3. Increasing self-awareness
4. Focusing on the present
5. Reducing negative emotions
6. Increasing imagination and creativity
7. Increasing patience and tolerance
Health benefits of meditation
There are not scientific studies to back this theory but, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
4. Chronic pain
6. Heart disease
7. High blood pressure
8. Irritable bowel syndrome
9. Sleep problems
10. Tension headaches
How to start to meditating
So you've read the article and seen all the benefits of Meditation and you want to try it out for yourself. So how do you start? Here are some helpful guidelines to help you start:
1) Take a seat
Find a place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.
2) Set a time limit
If you’re just beginning, it can help to choose a short time, such as five or 10 minutes.
3) Notice your body
You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, you can sit loosely cross-legged, you can kneel—all are fine. Just make sure you are stable and in a position you can stay in for a while.
4) Feel your breath
Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes in and as it goes out.
5) Notice when your mind has wandered
Inevitably, your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. When you get around to noticing that your mind has wandered—in a few seconds, a minute, five minutes—simply return your attention to the breath.
6) Be kind to your wandering mind
Don’t judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in. Just come back.
7) Close with kindness
When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze (if your eyes are closed, open them). Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.
With that being said you have learned the process of meditation.
Thank you for reading and i hope you leave a comment on how your meditation journey is going.
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