Meditation enjoys many benefits, both for the mind and the body. With stressful lifestyles, keeping cam and healthy can be sometimes difficult. DESIblitz has come up with a guide on meditation to suit you.
A person that regularly meditates can deal with situations in a calm way.
If someone mentioned the word ‘meditation’ to you, you would be forgiven for picturing yourself sitting in a Tibetan temple, palms facing upward in total silence and mouthing traditional ‘Ommmmm’ sounds.
The truth is that not only can meditation be done anywhere and virtually everywhere, but it can also fit into the busy lives of the modern day 9 to 5 professional. Meditation is safe, easy (with a little practice), and benefits not only the mind but the body and if you’re really into it, the soul.
Meditation dates back around 5000 years under the name ‘Tantra’. One of the biggest icons in the history of meditation in both current and times past is the Buddha.
According to the history of meditation, other separate countries and cultures soon adopted many different forms of meditation creating their own special ways of practicing it.
Some of the most popularly used forms today are the Buddhist and Hindu-based, Eastern-style of meditation.
The benefits of meditation to the human body have been scientifically proven over the years. Here are a few health benefits to meditation:
So, how does meditation affect your state of mind? Firstly, the history behind meditation and the teachings derived from it suggest that daily meditation can change a person’s outlook on life.
It can eradicate hate, anger, ego, negativity and greed from a person’s mindset. A person that regularly meditates can deal with situations in a calm way.
Another way in which meditation can benefit the mind is through modern science. A study conducted by Dr Eileen Luders in the Department of Neurology at the UCLA, shows that meditation can affect the physical structure of the brain using an MRI scan.
In this study, Luders finds several differences between brains of people that meditate daily and brains of people that have never meditated.
The DESI’s Guide on How to Meditate
There are some things you will need decide such as when and where will you mediate, and what to wear.
The first step is to commit to regular daily practice. It’s hard to sometimes commit to a set time or period especially if you work long hours or have a hectic social life. But taking 5 to 10 minutes out each day to meditate shouldn’t be difficult as long as you make it a regular part of your schedule.
Most people meditate first thing in the morning as it gets them feeling energised and refreshed for the day ahead.
Look for somewhere comfortable to sit, either on the floor, on your bed or on a chair and away from interruptions (make sure your phone is put away. Tweeting while meditating is not multi-tasking). Lastly, wear something loose and comfortable. Keep a timer close by.
Step 1 ~ Settle Yourself
Step 2 ~ Deep Breathing
Step 3 ~ Pay Attention to your Breathing
Step 4 ~ Enjoy the Calm
Step 5 ~ Prepare to Come Back
Step 6 ~ Keep the Calm
It is not uncommon to meditate using a mantra during your breathing. This can be something of your own choice but there are many different varieties already out there that might suit you.
Just remember, that meditation is simply about closing down the mind to external chatter and achieving stillness. Sit back and enjoy being the moment.
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