Meditation has swept across the globe at a rapid rate over the past 10 years. It is fast becoming part of many peoples lives not only in meditation centers but also in workplaces, schools and prisons to name a few.
However, meditation isn’t a new phenomenon, it has been around for thousands of years and has been recorded to have originated from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Some people have misconceptions about meditation; thinking that to do it and become good at it; they need to become a Buddhist monk. This is not at all true it is something that all people can incorporate into their daily lives and do for themselves, regardless of their culture, beliefs or background.
What is Meditation?
In simple terms, meditation is a technique that allows you to quickly relax the body and calm the mind.
Before we look at exactly why is meditation so popular and what can it do for us, lets start by asking ourselves what we spend the majority of our day doing. Thinking.
We are said to have between 60 to 70 thousand thoughts each day, and we need thoughts to survive in our lives and plan what we need to do on a daily basis. However, when our thoughts become harmful, this is when it can begin to impact our mental wellbeing.
The reason for this is because our thoughts can affect our emotions and if the majority of our thoughts are negative, then we may experience a range of negative emotions, such as:
Our thoughts hold an enormous amount of power. If our thoughts control our emotions, don’t you think it takes a conscious effort to use them for our best intentions? This is where meditation comes in. Once you learn the technique of relaxing the body and calming the mind, you can begin to cultivate the life you want and desire.
I personally use the basic form of meditation that is common to most disciplines but there are many types of meditation available for people to try.
Types of Meditation Available:
- Transcendental Meditation
- Heart Rhythm
Although the types of meditations vary, they all have one thing in common. They teach us to gain control over our thoughts and slow them down. This enables us to process them in a much more manageable way.
With time and self-discipline, you can begin to develop the art of controlling how many thoughts enter in to your head. This then allows you to gain more power over your emotions and how you react to various situations in your life.
A great way to control unruly thoughts is by focusing on the breath or the body sensations, and this can be done throughout the day all day long. Short bursts of meditating are just as powerful as one long session per day.
The Benefits Of Meditation
So, what are the benefits of making meditation a regular part of our daily lives?
- Increases your sense of well being
- Rewires your brain for a positive outlook
- Reduces stress
- Improves focus
- Lifts mood
- Reduces anxiety
- Eases pain
- Increases compassion for self and others
- Increases empathy
- Improves relationships
- Helps people overcome addictions
- Greater sense of inner peace and happiness
If you have been wondering about how meditation can improve your life, the best way to find out which practice would suit you best is to experiment between them.
With time and practice you will start seeing some positive results. As time goes by, ask yourself, how are you reacting to situations today compared to how you would have done a year ago?
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