For over several thousand years, religions have practiced the art of meditation in seeking to reach inner peace. This seemingly lofty and fanciful goal is not as unattainable as many people make it out to be.
Aspects of effective meditation
Meditation is a way for you to calm your body and in turn, calm your mind. Seat yourself comfortably in a quiet environment, whether that is your special place in a local park or a place in your home where you can remain undisturbed, find a spot that is removed from the day to day distractions your generally face.
Focus yourself on your breath, keep it relaxed and slow. Pay attention to each element of your breath; your lungs filling with air, your chest compressing to exhale, etc. While you are focused on breathing you will find that outside thoughts will creep into your mind when they do merely observe that your mind has gone to that place and bring your self back to your breathing. Try visualizing yourself from outside your body, see yourself as calm and at peace.
Pointers for those starting out
Your level of energy when you choose to meditate is very important, you should wait at least two hours after eating a meal or consuming caffeine; I recommend you meditate in the mornings and before you go to bed. Before you meditate it is recommended that you prepare the area, for example: changing your phone to airplane mode or, if needed shutting a door or window.
When you start out you may just treat this time as breathing practice, but as you gain experience you might find your self able to meditate during yoga (which is a great form of exercise).
The benefits of meditation
Meditation is a great way to help reduce stress and anxiety, the regulation in your breathing helps slow your heart rate to a resting pace which has been linked to lessening the compounds in the brain that are caused by anxiety that lead to stress.
There have been links made from meditation to increased emotional awareness, self-esteem and self-image. Studies have shown that meditation even helps you sleep better!
Meditation is a wonderful tool to calm yourself and will enrich your life when added to your schedule, I cannot endorse meditation enough, it is the ultimate key to living a calm and peaceful life!
Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.