Benefits Of Mediation For Your Body, Mind And Soul
In this fast-paced world, the busy and hectic schedules that you have can drive you crazy. That’s why you sometimes need to disconnect and take a breather.
Meditation has many benefits, not only for the body but also for the mind. Regular meditation can really change your life.
In this article, I will discuss the broad and impressive holistic benefits of meditation.
What Is Meditation?
The word meditation came from the Latin words “meditari” and “mederi” which means to dwell upon and to heal, respectively.
It is deep-rooted in ancient traditions that are recorded in several places all over the world. Most archaeologists speculate the possibility that its inception came from the primitive hunters who would go into an altered state of consciousness while intently staring at the fires they set for cooking their meat. Meditation then became extremely popular because of the teachings of Buddha.
Meditation is the process of clearing the mind from distracting thoughts, and focusing it on a single object, thought, feeling, or your breathing. This allows you to experience peace and calmness by quieting the thoughts running through your mind.
Types of Meditation
1. Mindfulness Meditation
This is the most popular type of meditation and also an integral part of it. The goal of this meditation is to quiet your mind and be present for anything that comes up. The focus will be primarily on the flow of your breath and allows you to achieve balance and accept various feelings and emotions of daily life.
2. Guided Meditation
This meditation is usually used by beginners. It is a guided technique that uses audio instructions to take you into a deeply involved state.
3. Concentrative Meditation
This kind of meditation is concentrated on a single point of focus. It involves the chanting of repeated mantras, focusing on an object, staring at a candle flame, or concentrating on your breathing. By doing this, your mind is relaxed and wards off thoughts from being distracted.
4. Movement Meditation
This involves some kind of movement like most yoga, moving around the house, walking, gardening, or cleaning. Any movement can be performed as a meditation, as long periods of mindfulness are applied and tasks are performed at a slow pace.
The 4 Basic Elements of Meditation
The best environment for the practice of meditation is somewhere calm, serene, and a place that is void of any distraction.
Meditation can be practiced whether sitting, walking, standing, or in a lying position. However, the cross-legged posture, with your head and back in alignment, is considered the one ideal for meditation.
This is the main aspect of meditation. The object of the attention could be a spoken mantra, the meditator’s own breathing, or looking at objects with open eyes.
Some people prefer to close their eyes to make relaxation easier to induce.
4. Passive Attitude
It is sometimes called poised awareness or attention-focused awareness because the relaxation and alertness are in perfect balance.
Distractions from the environment and the inevitable intrusion into your mind of your thoughts and images are allowed to come and go, but each time you become aware that your attention has slipped away, you should bring your attention and awareness back to the meditation object.
The Benefits of Meditation
Here are some of the various benefits of meditation and why you should meditate:
For your body
- Strengthens the immune system
- Slow aging
- Higher level of energy
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces heart risk
- Helps control painful symptoms of chronic diseases
- Helps lose weight
- Deep Relaxation
- Soothes the nervous system
- Provides release from irritable bowel syndrome
- Stabilized hormone secretion and improves endocrine problem
For your mind
- Improves attention
- Positive attitude
- Cultivates willpower
- Improves concentration and memory
- Reduces anxiety
- Eases phobias and fears
- Enhances judgmental abilities
- Eases phobias and fears
- Boosts IQ levels
- Stimulates and prevent cognitive decline
For your soul
- Leads to deep states of inner peace
- Greater intuition
- Attain higher states of awareness
- Increases compassion
- Creates harmony of body mind and soul
- Healthy attitude towards life
- Helps overcome ego
How To Prepare for Meditation
Here are the six simple steps to prepare you for mediation. These steps will put you in the best position to achieve a focused and uplifting meditation experience.
1. Prepare Your Environment
The setting should be something conducive to meditation. The place should be quiet and away from distractions, and just comfortable, being neither too hot nor too cold.
You should ensure that you will have a time and space where you will not be disturbed. Put away your phone and keep it in airplane or silent mode.
2. Prepare Your Body
Make sure you are hydrated by drinking plenty of water prior to meditation, so you will not be thirsty. Get a little something to eat so your stomach is not growling. Go to the bathroom if you feel that you need to. Anticipate any distractions before you begin your meditation and take care of these things before you start.
3. Sit with your back straight
Sit upright if possible. Look for a comfortable chair but not too comfortable that it will make you fell asleep. Wear something comfortable.
The best position for doing meditation is one where you will not fall asleep and where you can be very free from any kind of physical irritation.
4. Exercise a Little and Relax
Before sitting down, take a few moments to stretch and breathe deeply. This way, you will release tension from your body, mind, and emotions. As you relax, notice energy flowing freely through your body.
5. Handle Distractions
Don’t allow the physical environment to disturb you. Tell yourself that any noise you hear will help you relax more deeply and lift you higher in your consciousness.
6. Choose a Meditation Technique
There are various meditation techniques. Choose a meditation technique that resonates with you and that is uplifting for you, too.
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