Meditation: Benefits, Types,Tips,and Experts’ view
Meditation is the art of finding inner peace. It is meant to relax, reinvigorate, and revitalize you in a way that normal sleep just can’t. If you are practicing the right kind of meditation you can find yourself falling into just the right kind of Zen state that will put you through about the equivalent of a full night’s sleep. Meditation is a mind-changing experience but getting there isn’t easy, and staying there is even harder, but if you want to relax to the point where you can feel stress just wafting off your body, this is the way to do it.
Meditation has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years, originating in the cultures of the east like China, India, and Japan. It is the art of losing yourself and entering a state of thoughtless awareness. If you properly meditate you lose yourself, for a little while and the problems that plague your daily life can just fall away until there’s nothing left but you in the here and now.
♦ Types of Meditation
There are a lot of forms of meditation to choose from, all differing in the focus of your meditation. There are of course different practices in physical actions like yoga or the classic lotus pose, but those are like window dressing to the internal development that needs to happen for you to properly meditate. It is all about mental discipline, focusing on a single attribute like your breathing or mantra rate so that you have something mindless and simple to lose yourself in.
If you are controlling your breathing while meditating, you are practicing taking control of your body. You are maintaining your inner functions and losing your view of the outside world in favor of the inner workings of yourself. It doesn’t have to be just breathing that gets you focused, but when have you ever heard about a yoga instructor not drawing attention to your breath? It is a simple way to focus the mind, which is the whole point. You want to focus on one thing and nothing at the same time, letting your mind focus and then fade into nothing as your thoughts slow to a stop rather than expand.
Other types of meditation, like the Transcendental Meditation that became popular over the course of the 20th century, use different methods to draw and then disperse focus. Things like constant sound or mantra that does not have any real substance to it but can draw your ears and your mind into its embrace is what they work with. You reach your thoughts out to something as simple as a sound and eventually all you hear is the noise, with your mind fading away into nothing as you do.
♦ How To Meditate (Tips and Technique)
Getting started with your meditation is not easy, as much as it might seem. You have to be able to work towards it over time, get the right feel for your mind. So one of the best tips that I know for starting to meditate is to start slow. You don’t want to try and meditate for hours at a time when you’re starting out, it can be hard enough to sit still for two minutes, which is exactly what you should do. Every day, for two minutes or so, you should practice meditating.
When you get started, don’t think about what you’re doing or how you’re doing it, just try to meditate. Your body knows how it wants to relax, so if you let it lead the show you’ll be able to figure it out quickly.
Be sure, of course, to do this somewhere quiet. If you want to meditate, it probably isn’t a good idea to find the park next to the train station and start doing it there, because distractions can be big or small, so if you get either you are going to lose your place. If you want to fight that though, like has been said, focus on your breathing. Whenever you see somebody meditating, and you’ve never done it before, you wonder if it actually works or if it’s just wishful thinking. Well it turns out that there’s a reason meditation has existed for longer than most countries, it works.
♦ Experts’ View
Medical experts have run a lot of experiments over the years and they all seem to agree that there is a definite benefit to doing it. You can reduce stress, which is just a boon for your health. You can cut down on bad habits, because nothing fights a bad habit like a focused mind. Every study shows that you get less stressed, less anxious, and less worried while you start to feel more in control of yourself. With all of this in mind, is it any shock that millions of people indulge in this healthy habit?