Meditation 101

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. There is no cure for stress but meditation is apparently one of the best remedies.

 

Meditation 101

It is an ancient technique for resting the mind. Learning how to be still is the method of meditation that allows us to be in the present moment. Meditation teaches you to attend to what is taking place within without reacting, and this makes all the difference because our normal response is to react to all our thoughts, and this keeps us ever busy in a sea of confusion. Meditation cultivates inner peace and happiness which makes it very therapeutic.

Benefits of Meditation

New studies are coming out just about every week to illustrate another health benefit of Meditation. Regardless of your meditation goals whether to improve your sleep, reduce your anxiety levels, regulate your emotions, or up your self-care, it has the potential to improve your quality of life. You can even use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings, thereby becoming becoming more adaptable in your life. Like those moments of reflection before you are going to say that thing that you were going to regret immediately after.

Challenges of Meditation

The general consensus is that my life would probably be better if I meditated but it’s too hard, I can’t quiet my mind, I can’t still or I don’t have the time. Another challenge is common stereotypes associated with Meditation. There’s a lot more to it than showing up with a cushion, crossing your legs, bringing your fingers together and closing your eyes. I’m not saying there is something wrong with that but its also not surprising you would think Meditation is challenging when that’s what you equate it to. It's important to recognize that you do not have to be religious or spiritual in order to incorporate Meditation into your Life. 

Establishing a daily habit of meditation is no small feat, especially when it requires you to pull yourself away from your tasks at hand. The success of meditation lies in its consistency, sure you can have a bad day, a bad week but remember, if relaxation isn't the goal of meditation, it is definitely the result of meditation. 

Another way to help address the challenges associated with meditation is to create a sanctuary in your home.  Set aside a room or area for peace and calm. It doesn't have to be large, simply put, its an altar for yourself an area you may dedicate for self-care and meditation. 

In terms of setting time aside, it is important to remember that meditation is one activity that will refund you the time that you spend doing it. ­­­­­­Unlike your chronological age which advances once every 12 months, Meditation slows down your biological age which depends on how much stress you have in your body. Stress hardens your soul; it will wreck your health from the inside out. 10 minutes of meditation per day can be enough to reap consistent health benefits.

How do you Meditate?

Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that sports are an approach to training the body. It takes time, diligence and practice to become proficient at ice hockey, and meditation is no different. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the practice, there are many forms of meditation exist from ancient techniques like Vedic, Buddhist and Zen to daily activities like Gardening, Yoga, Qi Gong, Sports, to digital platforms like Headspace. 

Modern Technology and Meditation

The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its benefits and the world of technology has joined the movement. The result is a growing field of meditation tools — from apps and podcasts to personal meditation assistants.

Muse for example, is the first brain sensing headband that gently guides your meditation through changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain. This form of feedback can allow some people with an interest in meditation to build a highly rewarding practice.