|Meditation can help you whenever you are feeling anxious, stressed out, or depressed / Photo by Dean Drobot via Shutterstock|
When you hear about meditation, the image that might go to your head is one where you are sitting crossed legged on a yoga mat while chanting mantras. But meditation does not have to be very elaborate or complicated or stereotypical. Even if you have a busy schedule, you can still do daily meditation.
During meditation, we learn to pay attention in the now. We notice every breath that goes in and out of lungs and we become aware whenever the mind wanders off. Then we return to minding our breath. This practices one's attention and mindfulness.
By concentrating on every breath we take, we practice remaining in the present moment without any judgment. Meditation and mindfulness may sound easy but it takes patience to practice it. It is not a cure but it can be life-changing as it clears your mind and helps you make better choices in life.
The Importance of Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation have been around for a very long time and almost every philosophy has its own version. Meditation is important but not everyone can see how important it is. You do not have to be a religious person to meditate. Anyone who is interested and committed can practice daily meditation. Below are some of the things that you might not know about meditation.
-Meditation can help you whenever you are feeling anxious, stressed out, or depressed. Do not disregard the things that meditation can do if you are feeling down. According to studies done at the University of Wisconsin, meditation has good effects on the brain. In the study, it was found out that the part of the brain responsible for anxiety and stress shrinks whenever there is constant meditation. By constant meditation, the mind can remain calm even in highly stressful situations.
-People who meditate are happier than those who don't. Meditation can help one have more happy and positive thoughts and emotions. A few minutes of meditation and doing it regularly can make a huge impact on your life and outlook. It is said that the part of the brain that is responsible for being happy is more active among people who meditate regularly.
-Meditation can help you sleep easier. If you are suffering from sleep disorders, such as insomnia, practicing meditation can help you sleep better at night. Meditation and mindfulness can have a relaxing effect. Some people fall asleep as soon as they start meditating.
-Meditation can help improve your memory and concentration. Since you are training yourself to be aware of the present without passing any judgment, you will not easily get distracted.
Tips for Meditation
You can start meditation anywhere and anytime you wish to. Here are some helpful tips if you are just starting the practice.
-Find a comfortable position and place before you start. Do some stretching and take breaths and take in your current environment. You can stay indoor or outdoor, depending on what you prefer. Then close your eyes.
-The next thing to do when you meditate is to be thankful. Think of at least one blessing. Set your thoughts positively.
-Meditation does not have to be hard. Just sit comfortably. Any posture and location will do as long as you feel relaxed and comfy.
-Meditation for others is freeing your mind of all thoughts. However, thoughts will come naturally so the best thing to do is brush them away easily.
-Focus on your breath and feel it. Keep your attention on every inhalation and exhalation of breath.
-Guided meditation can help you from time to time. There are various apps that can be used, as well as videos on YouTube.
-During meditation, it should come naturally to you. You do not have to try so hard to think about it. -When meditating, do not be affected by others. Being too self-conscious will ruin the idea of meditation.
|Practicing mindfulness is the opposite of being on autopilot / Photo by STUDIO GRAND WEB via 123RF|
Making Mindfulness a Habit
Sometimes, you feel that you are on autopilot. We are used to the things that we do every day and our brain signals do the same thing that they are programmed to do. Practicing mindfulness is the opposite of being on autopilot. Mindfulness means being in control of every action you take. But this takes a lot of practice.
By triggering the brain intentionally, it becomes stronger. The catch is that while we know what is good for us, the autopilot process can sometimes take charge. This is where being mindful must come in.
The autopilot process must be slowed down by putting some hindrances and then the intentional process must be freed up.
In order to be successful in doing this, you have to help the intentional brain gain more power by putting meditation reminders, such as doing yoga. You can place a yoga mat nearby where it can be easily seen.
Constantly remind yourself that you need to meditate by setting an alarm or posting a note on the fridge.
You can also try to do new things so that the intentional action can help strengthen your intentional part of the brain.