In this fast pace world, there is a need to slow down and relax. Today the world is full of stress which has brought many illnesses to the body and mind.
But wait there is a solution to this. The key to leading a peaceful, blissful life is just giving yourself a few minutes of your day. Yes!! You are guessing right the key is mediation.
With the increase in popularity of the benefits of meditation. people have started practising meditation.
What is meditation?
Meditation is the habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. Practising meditation increases focus and concentration, which means less distraction and more bliss .
Meditation practice has a very long history. In recorded history, the concept of meditation was introduced 2500 years ago. The Buddhist concept of meditation is still practised today. Every religion has its own types of meditation practices, which varies from prayers to chanting mantras.
Types of meditation:
These are some popular ways one can choose to meditate:
- Guided meditation
- Breath meditation
- Mantra meditation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Transcendental meditation
- Vipassana meditation
Elements of meditation:
- Focused attention
- Relaxed breathing
- A quiet setting
- Comfortable position
- Open attitude
Benefits of meditation:
Improved sleep: One of the most noticeable benefits of meditation is that meditation improves sleep quality and quantity. Research has shown daily meditation helped us to access the alpha state of the brain more easily which in turn improves one’s sleep quality.
Reduces mind chatter: Meditation quietens our minds. meditation helps us to reduce all the unnecessary thoughts that have occupied our subconscious mind.
Reduces stress and anxiety: By increasing mindfulness and decreasing the mind chatter, meditation ultimately helps us to reduce stress. with decreased stress we tend to be less anxious, really meditation is a boon to our mental health.
Heal and managing pain: Research has shown that meditation helps in managing chronic pain. daily meditators have learned to manage and live with pain more easily.
Heal the body and strengthen immunity: Not just the mind, meditation also helps in healing and strengthening our body. Breath meditation increases oxygen and blood circulation in our body. it also strengthens immunity and helps us fight sickness.
Increases focus and concentration: Meditation helps to improve concentration and help one to live in the present moment. mind dwelling in past and future gets reduced. and helps us to be more mindful of our present.
Bring joy and add bliss to life: As mentioned meditation reduces stress and also aids in coping with stressful situations which automatically increases joy. Research have to shove shown that meditators live a more happy and more fulfilling life.
How to incorporate meditation in your life:
Not just sitting and practising meditation for a particular period of time one can incorporate meditation into their day-to-day life in the following ways:
- Breathe deeply
- Scan your body
- Repeat a mantra
- Walk and meditate
- Engage in prayer
- Read and reflect
- Focus your love and kindness
Practising meditation in our daily life enhances our life, boosts our mood, keeps negativity at bay, strengthens the relationship, increases productivity, and brings mindfulness.
Whether it is for five minutes or an hour-long session. consistency is the key. regular practices of meditation surely will improve one’s life.