What is meditation and how can it benefit you?
Meditation has become increasingly popular in the western world and fitness industry as a way of improving your mental health.
The modern world has taught us to be constantly busy, rushing from one place to the other. We are all about the hustle and the grind, working on ways to improve ourselves, but we can’t do this if the glass is half full.
Meditation is a way of being more mindful and taking time out to improve your own mind and self-awareness. It allows us to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and focus on the inside.
What is meditation?
Most of us picture a religious practise when it comes to meditation, and are often put off by the thought of a strict practise, but this isn’t the way it always is. There are a variety of different ways you can meditate to suit your lifestyle.
Meditation is simply a practise that focuses on different techniques to quiet the mind, focus and encourage concentration so that you can improve your attention and awareness. It has been practised for thousands of years in buddhism and the central aim to take the path of enlightenment and self-realisation. But it can be an amazing way to concentrate on yourself.
How do you meditate?
There are many different ways you can meditate; standing, seated, lying, walking and even eating. The best way for a beginner to start meditation is through guided meditation, and starting small.
Luckily, there are lots of apps and websites that give you access to guided meditation and courses for beginners. This means you aren’t left on your own in a minefield of options. Taking a meditation course can also be a great way to dedicate yourself to the practise until it becomes a daily habit.
Whether you choose guided, or self guided meditation, the best thing to do is ensure you have a space where you won’t be disturbed. Choose a place that makes you feel calm and there isn’t too much going on in the surroundings. You also need to pick a spot that you can be comfortable and free from distractions.
When you begin your meditation journey, try to stick to a certain point in the day that you practise, this can be the first thing in the morning, lunchtime or before bed. Choosing a time when you have the time to step out is the most important thing. But you also need to make sure it is a time where this can become part of your daily routine.
Benefits of meditation
Meditation can bring improvements to both your physical and mental health and wellbeing. There has been a lot of research on the benefits of meditation and it is now promoted as a way to enhance health in many people. Some of the main benefits include:
- Reduces stress levels
- Improves concentration
- Controls anxiety
- Improves sleep
- May improve memory
- More control over your emotions
- Better self-awareness
- Promotes mental wellbeing
Want to give it a go? Find yourself a quiet, undisturbed spot and choose a guided meditation that suits your intentions. Dedicate the same time everyday to your meditation practices and you’ll begin to feel a whole new presence of calm in your life.