What is meditation?
According to Wikipedia meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity. To train attention and awareness and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. It is also known as a way to engage in a mental exercise. This would-be placing one’s attention on one breathing giving full attention and concentration.
Meditation has been used in many religious traditions for many centuries such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Since the 19th century, meditative techniques have spread in a variety of ways throughout cultures. Where they have been used in a non-spiritual context. Such as health and wellness as well as business.
Have you ever wondered “Why meditate”? Let us explore the benefits of meditation and look at some of the practical ways in which meditation can improve your quality of life.
“Your mind is at work all day, every day. Every decision you make, every challenge that you face, every moment you go through in life, your mind is your constant companion, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy.”
Christopher Lloyd Clarke
In the modern world, meditation has become one of the most popular ways for people to relax, de-stress, advance their spirituality and enhance their quality of life. More and more people are beginning to realize that one’s quality of life depends greatly on one’s quality of mind. This increase in popularity is due to a huge amount of research and scientific exploration that has been conducted as to the benefits of meditation. Let’s get to know more about what It’s like to meditate, and how meditation can help you in your own life in dealing with anxiety.
What happens when you meditate?
When you practice meditation, your heart rate, and your breathing gradually slow down. Your blood pressure normalizes, and the function of your immune system improves. Meditation also causes your adrenal glands to produce less cortisol, one of the main hormones responsible for aging. As you meditate, your mind becomes clearer and clearer. You feel less burdened by mental chatter, and troubling emotions gradually melt away. Feelings of stress and anxiety are greatly reduced. Your body relaxes as well as your mind allowing the stress and worry to fade.
The inner calm that meditation provides also leads to a more positive outlook, increased perception, and creativity. Meditation helps to alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as helping with sleep patterns. With consistent practice, these positive effects continue to increase as does the quality of one’s life.
People who meditate regularly find they have positive changes in their lives. What if you have never experienced meditation before?
Why Meditate? What kinds of benefits can meditation offer to someone with anxiety and how can it help in our everyday lives?
Some examples are:
- Businesspeople, office workers to CEOs use meditation to help them keep their cool under pressure and help them make clear well-formed decisions. When one feels cool under pressure they have less anxiety.
- Parents: Meditation offers parents relief from the pressure of everyday living, and all the responsibilities that come with raising a family. Such as Anxieties of responsibilities. Many parents find their time spent in meditation very precious “me” time. Quiet time that you give yourself to relax and reflect.
- Students: Students can greatly benefit from meditation. Meditation helps by enhancing their intelligence, dramatically improving memory, and increasing their ability to grasp new information.
Spirituality: Spiritual people use meditation to get in touch with their inner self, to overcome the limiting perspective of their ego, and experience a deeper connection with source or God.
- Relationships: Meditation helps one relax and become more emotionally balanced. Anyone can benefit from meditation. With a calm mind and an open-heart, conflicts are resolved more easily, and love is exchanged more readily, and more deeply.
Meditation can help anyone no matter who you are or what you do. Meditation improves your health, increases performance. It increases your quality of life.