Do you want to learn to meditate? Learn the benefits of meditation and how to get started.
Meditation is a simple, natural process of concentration and relaxation that can help improve your health and well-being. It is a way of focusing the mind on one thing – such as your breathing or a word or phrase (mantra) – that allows you to step out of the stream of everyday thoughts, concerns, and worries.
For example, if you are normally a very busy person, with a lot on your mind, it can be hard to relax or focus on one thing. In this situation, meditation helps by giving you an opportunity to slow down and focus your attention on something other than what is happening around you.
Meditation can also be used as a way of coping with stress or anxiety, or the difficulties that go with living in today’s world with its materialistic values. When we meditate we are able to connect with our inner self which enables us to slow down and be more in tune with our bodies’ needs. It can also help us sleep better at night because the brain has been given time to “chill out” from all its daily activities.
Awareness comes naturally when we meditate: Awareness that we are breathing deeply and rhythmically; that our hearts are beating regularly; that the blood is circulating normally; that our minds have stopped wandering off into all sorts of different thoughts; awareness that we are just sitting peacefully doing nothing!
If this awareness comes naturally then we have achieved mindfulness – where we are aware of the present without judging it – and we have become more aware of our existence and needs. We have become more conscious.
Another benefit is that by learning to meditate, we learn to be more in control and in tune with our emotions. This can help us to better cope with difficult situations, or emotional problems such as a fear of failure, or not being good enough.
In this modern day and age, it is becoming more important for us to have some time during our busy lives for looking after ourselves and our bodies. If we want to be healthy and happy, then we need a little time for ourselves in which to relax, unwind and refresh ourselves so that we are able to meet the challenges of our lives.
It is also very important for us to look after our minds because they are the most precious part of who we are – without using them or exercising them regularly (for example through meditation), they can become lazy, restless, or uncontrolled.
So when you consider all these benefits of meditation it makes sense for you to try it out. You might even find that you can benefit from meditating just a few minutes a day – perhaps while you are waiting for someone or something – rather than spending hours on end meditating every day!