What is Meditation? And Why Do People Do It?
Practiced for centuries, meditation is an important part of numerous religious traditions and belief systems.
Meditation is a well-known method of healing and is a way of expressing self-love.
There are as many reasons why people meditate as there are styles of meditation.
Although the umbrella term of meditation covers much ground, the intent of inner peace and introspection is always present.
Does it require lots of time and effort?
Many people think that mediation needs to be difficult, or that you must have lots of time to devote to it.
The truth is that mediation can be quite easy, if you allow it to be and you really only need ten minutes or so a day to to receive the benefits.
The purpose is to get you meditating daily, focusing on your breath and presence in your body. This will allow you to experience for yourself what meditation can do for you.
What are Some of the Benefits of Meditation?
Having a daily mediation is simple, yet powerful.
There are numerous benefits of meditation, including
- creating happiness and well-being,
- relaxation, stress relief,
- better decision making abilities,
- ending bad habits,
- sharpened memory,
- good blood pressure,
- heightened immunity
… the list goes on and on.
Learning to mediation can have significant health effects and increase the quality of your life. So, let’s get started!
What’s the right way to do it?
There are lots of ways to meditate and the important thing is that you find the way that works for you and do it.
My favorite meditation requires nothing more than you and a few minutes of time, let’s say three minutes, twice a day to begin with. Set aside three minutes every morning and every evening to meditate.
Of course this need not be exactly at the same time each day … You don’t want your mediation to cause more stress to your life. Rather, have the intention to meditate every morning and every evening and begin with three minutes of practice.
If it is not the exact same time every day, do not worry about it. Celebrate the fact that you are meditating. Great Job!
Increase the time you do this until you reach twenty minutes morning and night. This may take awhile, years even but that is okay. Life is good, no worries. Enjoy the process …
More detailed instructions on how to meditate follow below!
Daily Meditation Instructions
Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted.
Sit with an erect back … posture is important.
You may sit on the floor, a chair … anywhere where you can keep your back straight. If you lie down you may fall asleep so sitting while meditating works best for many, especially as a beginner.
Relax your arms and legs, no need to worry about doing anything other than putting them somewhere comfortable. Try to relax your entire body.
Feel the points of contact between your body and the chair or floor. Notice any sensations in your body, such as feelings of warmth, vibration, aches, tingling or pressure.
Now, begin to focus your attention on your breath. Focus on the flow of your breath. Breath deeply in and breath deeply out until the last thread of breath has exited your body.
Continue to focus your attention on your breath.
If a thought arises, acknowledge the thought and then simply let it go by gently bringing your attention back to the flow of your breath.
Do not judge the thoughts as good or bad, simply acknowledge them and then return your attention to your breath.
That’s it … That is all there is to it. You are meditating!
The important part is to keep it up. Practice daily. Make it a habit and welcome the numerous benefits of your daily meditation into your life. You deserve to give yourself this expression of self-love!
Nadia is an experienced life coach, student of metaphysics and talented psychic
StormJewel Says: Thanks for this great article on meditation Nadia! Meditation of this nature and Qi Gung and Mindfulness (all great methods of meditation) have really changed my life, helping me to sleep, calming my thoughts and mind, reducing stress and making me healthier and happier, so I highly recommend you give this a try!
You’ll begin to notice the benefits of doing meditation very quickly, so give it a go today!