Meditation can be defined as many different things. For many, it is a form of thinking, contemplation, or reflection through mental exercise and breathing concentration. Basic, consistent meditation practice can be incredibly beneficial for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The affects of meditation often leave one feeling more relaxed, open-minded, and more clear in thinking. There are several different forms of meditation, so you have many different options when it comes to figuring out what works for you!
How does one meditate?
Just the Basics
- Sit or lay in a comfortable space and atmosphere
- Close your eyes
- Breathe naturally
- Focus your attention on your body when you take each breathe (how your abdomen rises and falls, the rhythm of each breath)
- Focus on one object. Find a comfortable place and sit with your legs crossed concentrating on deep, even breaths. You can focus your attention by staring at something (i.e. a candle) or simply listening to yourself breath in and out. Try not to let your mind wander to other thoughts. Simply focus on the bare basics. It may be difficult for beginners, but if you start by mediating for just a few minutes, you can work your way up to longer periods of time.
- Overcome Obstacles. Think about a negative event and focus on ways to find the silver lining. What can you do to try to make this negative event positive? You must believe in yourself that you can overcome it.
What are the benefits?
Meditation can provide one with a great deal of relief in several different areas, including your emotional well-being, your mind, and your body. With regular or even sporadic practice, the benefits are exceptional for your health.
- Helps to release anxieties and impulsivity
- Increases relaxation and awareness
- Can act as a mood booster
- Makes you feel more self-aware and in touch with yourself
- Can help you avoid emotional eating and drug abuse
- Can reduce anxiety attacks and promote mood regulation
For the mind
- Boosts focus
- Helps you to process information better
- Makes it easier to think creatively
- Decreases depression
- Promotes more logical/less impulsive decision-making
For the Body
- Can reduce blood pressure
- Improves breathing and heart rates
- Good for your immune system and energy level
- May decrease need for sleep
- Can alleviate pain
As Buddah said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
By Sarah Kinzler