Meditation is a health practice that has been used for thousands of years by cultures all across the globe. It is used for enlightenment and mind-body connection and to balance the psyche. Many modern illnesses stem from constant stress to the body and mind. We are surrounded by noise, noise, noise. We are constantly doing, rarely resting. We are consumed with our devices, spending hours a day staring at screens. Rarely do our brains have the chance to take a pause and stop to relax and connect itself to the sensations of the body. Many people think that meditation needs to be done a certain way. That to truly meditate you need to lay on a specific mat, or listen to specific music. Some even go so far as to think that buying mattresses is necessary. But to meditate all you need is yourself and a quiet spot. In fact, if you don’t have a quiet spot then the middle of the kitchen with all the family around will do. Because meditation is not about perfection. It is not about the right position, or the right place. It’s about an aware mind.
To really get started meditating it is necessary to understand the health benefits of taking time out of your day to do absolutely nothing. The truth is the health benefits are endless. Meditation has been proven by clinical studies to reduce high blood pressure, to improve psychological disorders and even reduce pain. More and more studies are taking place to show how meditation affects the brain, each lobe and its relationship to neurotransmission. Mind-body modalities have been encouraged by many health organizations to be utilized for cancer patients. Many cancer patients suffer from anxiety, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, insomnia and anxiety. Meditation helps in improving all these symptoms. Meditation is often used in addiction programs as well, aiding in the recovery and treatment of addiction to drugs or alcohol.
So how do you start meditating? The best way is to shoot for a reasonable daily goal and turn that into a daily habit. Five minutes per day is enough to have an affect on your brain. That means you do not need to become an expert yogi the first year or ten years you do meditation. You can make it a daily habit either first thing in the morning, on a lunch break, or before you go to bed. Most meditation experts recommend first thing in the morning. What makes meditation meditation is the fact that you are not multi-tasking. You are focused on one thing, your breath. As you meditate you connect your mental awareness to your physical breath, and through your physical breath to your body. There are many applications you can download on your device which will help you time your meditation or offer verbal guidance as to how to pay attention to your breath. If you do use these applications, make sure to keep your device in airplane mode to reduce radiation from the device and create a clean electromagnetic space for your brain to relax in. The more you practice, the more comfortable your brain will become with rest. And the more rest you get the calmer your day to day life will be. The health benefits will come with time.