Who has time to meditate?
Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace in the worldly uncertainty.
What are the Benefits of Meditation?
Sometimes meditation is a struggle to control the mind, while at other times it feels effortless. It is true that every meditation is not the same. I’ve been meditating every day for years because I feel happier when sitting in perfect silence. The experience is difficult to express in words, It is the peace which surpasses all understanding.
These are some of the benefits of meditation:
Improved concentration – A clear mind makes you more productive, especially in creative disciplines like writing.Less bothered by little things – Do you sometimes allow yourself to get upset by little things? It is the nature of the mind to magnify small things into serious problems. Meditation helps us detach. We learn to live in the here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future. We do not worry about meaningless things, but see the bigger picture.Better Health – There have been numerous studies pointing to the health benefits of meditation. The reason is that meditation reduces stress levels and alleviates anxiety. If we can reduce stress, many health benefits follow.Knowledge of Self – Meditation enables us to have a deeper understanding of our inner self. Through meditation we can gain a better understanding of our life’s purpose.
Is Meditation Religious?
The great thing about meditation is that our philosophy/religious belief is not importanct. Meditation is about consciousness therefore, it can (and is ) practiced by people of different religions or no religion. The beliefs of the mind become trivial.
But I don’t have time To Meditate
Many people like the idea of meditation, but feel they don’t have enough time. When you really want to do something you can find time. Meditation is not about retreating from the world; it gives us inspiration. Whatever you do, if you have peace of mind, your work will be more enjoyable and productive.
How To Meditate
Like anything worthwhile, meditation requires practice. To get the most from meditation you need to do it every day. This requires a place and time where you will not be disturbed.
1 Sit with a straight back. Don’t try to meditate lying down because you are likely to fall asleep. When we really meditate, we are fully alert and conscious.
2 Don’t eat before meditating.
3 It is not necessary to mediate in the lotus posture. It is fine to meditate in a chair, as long as the back is straight.
4 It is good to meditate early in the morning. It is said the best time is 3am, although, I feel it is more important to be awake and not sleepy.
One Pointed Concentration
However you learn to meditate, you must learn to concentrate on one thing at a time. Usually, the mind tries to hold several different thoughts and ideas at once.
One helpful technique is concentrating on a candle flame. Narrow your gaze to the small tip and block out all other thoughts. When you get distracted, go back to focusing on the candle flame.
Another way to learn concentration is through the use of mantra. A mantra is the repetition of a sacred word. For example, you might repeat the mantra AUM a certain number of times. Repeating a mantra forces the mind to focus on a single thought.
After you’ve practiced concentration and learned to focus on one thing at a time, you can proceed to the next stage: no thought at all. Achieving a silent mind is difficult, but when to attain it the experience is powerful.
Through meditation, you attain the power to control your thoughts, and on occasion stop them completely. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t attain a silent mind straightaway. It takes time and practice.
A few facts you may not know about meditation:
1 Meditation makes you happier
People who meditate generally lead happier lives than those who don’t. Meditation is known to enhance the flow of constructive thoughts and positive emotions
2 Meditation helps you manage anxiety, stress and depression.
The transformative potential of meditation shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin proved that meditation has physiological effects on the brain. For example, researchers found that the part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety shrinks when meditation is practiced consistently. By focusing on moment-by-moment experiences, meditators are training the mind to remain calm, even in stressful situations. Along with this, they also experience significantly less anxiety due to uncertainty about the future.
3 Meditation benefits are almost immediate
The numerous health benefits that result from meditation are another great reason to adopt the practice. Certain benefits can start making themselves felt very quickly after people start sitting. A sense of calmness and peace of mind are common experiences, even if this feeling is fleeting and subtle.
4 Meditation helps you fall asleep
Insomnia is a troubling condition – everybody dreads a sleepless night.
5 Meditation sharpens your memory
Apart from enhancing your happiness and improving your overall well-being, meditation also helps your memory stay sharp and your concentration remain steady.
With mindfulness meditation, you train in remaining aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental manner.
We can’t imagine that you still need convincing, but if you want to learn how to meditate contact me and I’ll give you my experienced advise and teach you how to meditate. I can’t wait to start this mindful journey with you!