Demystifying Meditation

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Meditation is one of the primary methods of getting out of your head and connecting to the energetic flow of the world around you. Our brain is always trying to be involved in everything we do, but as many of us have experienced, there are moments where we are “in the zone,” not thinking about anything but seemingly doing everything right. Meditation can help you experience these moments more often and for longer periods of time.

 

Definitions of Meditation Include:

  • Development of the mind leading to awareness, tranquility and wisdom
  • To contemplate or reflect in a state of relaxed focus
  • A state of relaxed concentration on the reality of the present moment
  • A state that is experienced when the mind dissolves and is free of all thoughts

The Health Benefits of Meditation:

  • Re-balances hemispheres of brain & increases brain activity
  • Calms & stabilizes nervous system
  • Reduces stress (cortisol)
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Reduces serum cholesterol
  • Normalizes Blood Pressure
  • Strengthens immune function
  • Restores normal sleep cycle
  • Reverses cardiovascular disease
  • Provides energy
  • Increases Happiness (Serotonin)
  • Clears the mind and helps bring it to a more restful state

There are many types of meditation but don’t worry about that for now. The key is that meditation is much easier then you “think” and “thinking” is the main obstacle to overcome. Once you have started meditating, you can explore and research all the different types and choose what is most appealing to you or mix and match to create your own meditation style.

Simple Tips to Help You Start Your Meditation Practice:

  • Set aside a block of time – 2 min, 10 min, 30 min, an hour
  • Start small and work your way up to a time that is good for you
  • Don’t try to squeeze it in or you will feel rushed
  • Create a space that is comfortable, quiet (or use relaxing istrumental music), low lighting and relaxing aromas
  • Mentally Prepare – no pressure, no problem and no rush
  • Get comfortable
  • Turn your attention inward
  • Choose something to focus on. Can be your breathing (prana), visualize the thoughts that flow in and out or use a mantra/sound/chant
  • You may use a mudra – hand posture
  • It is normal to feel restless, agitated or bored when you first begin to mediate
  • Don't try to meditate. Just relax and set yourself free