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Meditation is keeping the mind focused on one point or object.
Meditation, like yoga, has a ton of physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. It seems like just a few years back, it was very difficult to get someone to admit that they actively practiced meditation. Now, meditation is almost the newest craze and so many people are joining in because of its benefits. However many people still remain skeptical. Almost daily, researchers are publishing new studies that prove how beneficial meditation can be for your body and your brain.
Top-executives like Arianna Huffington talk about their journeys with meditation and tout the stress-relieving benefits and Google offers their employees meditation classes but what’s all of the talk really about? Is meditation worth the hype?
Although meditation seems to have come back into dialogue recently, meditation (and it’s benefits) is not new. Cultural and religious communities have been practicing for years. The cool thing about meditation is that you don’t have to subscribe to any religion to practice. I personally like to practice mindful meditation which really heightens your awareness of your breath.
Initially, I hesitated practicing meditation because I thought I was bad at it. I mean let’s be honest, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
You may think that it takes a lot of time and effort to sit in silence and calm your mind, especially daily, however whenever I have thoughts come into my mind, I simply start over again with clearing my mind and I keep reminding myself that no one is perfect.
Benefits of Meditating
Practicing your postures and deep relaxation helps you to get rid of tension and relax the body. Your breathing can steady the mind. Healthline.com lists 12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation on their website. Some additional benefits of meditation include:
- May reduce high blood pressure
- Improve the body’s natural immunity
- Increase vitality and calmness
- Thinking more clearly
- Improved memory especially related to increased age
Making Time to Meditate
Like yoga, I often hear people say that they don’t have time for meditation. You can start small! Simply find a quiet place to sit…somewhere that you can concentrate. Try to sit for 5 minutes and simply be aware of your breathing. You may want to focus on one image or one sound. Try to visualize the oxygen traveling through your body. Think about all of your stress for the day leaving your body with your exhale breath.
If your mind starts to wander and your attention starts to fade, simply stop and start over. As with everything else, practice makes perfect. A few minutes a day can offer you some great meditation benefits. Remember, concentration is the beginning of meditation and meditation is the culmination of concentration. They are virtually inseparable.
This post has some of my favorite meditation techniques.
I’m going to add a Travel section to this website. I want to start to visit some of the best places to practice yoga and meditation in the United States. I’d like to share those experiences with you, and add them to the Travel section.