Meditation is the number one way to reflect upon your mental and physical being. It gives you a sense of calmness and physical unwinding. All you need is a quiet place, and a bit of area to sit peacefully in. The rest is upon you, and you will be surprised to discover what your mind is capable of.
The Buddha himself utilized meditation every time his mind wandered. “When you stop meditating, your mind can lose its sense of clarity and focus,” expert, Parker, tells. “It could feel foggy and not as sharp. Decisions become more difficult to make, more anxiety can pop up, and you can [begin to] second-guess yourself”.
Let us ponder upon the effects of meditation. The questions that may occur in your minds, let us go through them one by one.
What are the different techniques of meditation?
People often take up 15 minutes to feel their meditation has reached its peak, however, 5 minutes are ideal to relax your mind. You just need to find the meditation technique that works best for you. There are six different types of techniques.
- mindfulness meditation
- spiritual meditation
- focused meditation
- movement meditation
- mantra meditation
- transcendental meditation
In mindfulness meditation, you pay consideration to the kind of thoughts that are crossing your mind. You do not try and question the thoughts neither do you try and change them. You accept them and take note of them consciously. This is the most basic kind of meditation, but equally useful.
Spiritual meditation is practiced for mental bliss, as well as, for a deeper connection with God. People often practice this type of meditation when they feel they are in a dark place in life. They believe their bond with God deepens when they sit in silence and just concentrate on the divine.
For the ones who feel like their attention is diverted between multiple aspects in life, in an unhealthy way, they must practice focused meditation. In this type, you need to FOCUS whole-heartedly. There must be no other thoughts or distractions. You can decide your point of focus. It can be something as minor as the sound you hear in the background, like your own breathing.
If you believe you are restless even when meditating, then maybe you are avid seeker of movement and action. Movement meditation lets you meditate even when you are on the go. You can walk through the woods, or you can apply any other form of a motion to your meditation. The deal is, that your mind has to ponder upon peace and the motion can only assist you with that.
Mantra meditation involves a certain phrase that can be repeated while you try to calm yourself with it. It can be a religious chant, or it can be a word that soothes your brain. You can use the phrase/word as support while meditating.
Transcendental Meditation also consists of having a certain chant in your mind. You do not have to say it loud, but each time you get an intrusive thought, you can chant in your mind to ground yourself to the meditation again.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation can alter our brain in as little as 11 hours. The change of mindset that occurs due to it, is better and more motivated.
Stress can interfere with the basic functions of the brain. It can make you slower mentally. Meditation reduces stress from your brain and body. It makes you feel fresher than usual.
There’s logical proof that mindful contemplation can impact identity in positive ways. Your personality can change, and you may become more pleasant with the help of meditation.
Meditation boosts your immune system and is great for your heart. You can dodge illnesses by practicing good breathing techniques during meditation.
Meditation also slows the aging process. Meditation significantly increases melatonin and DHEA and decreases cortisol, which has a significant impact on slowing the aging process down.
Studies have shown that meditation can significantly reduce anxiety in patients with generalized anxiety and depression disorders. The daily uneasiness that anxiety patients have to go through, can be subsided. Just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation can help reduce normal everyday anxiety. Even though it is nor the ultimate cure, but it is definitely helpful in treating the above mentioned mental disorders.
What should be your thoughts while you meditate?
If you are practicing meditation in which you want to remain thoughtful, then make sure your thoughts are positive in nature and not just the daily worries. You need to make sure your thoughts are providing you some sort of mental benefit rather than burden.
- Focus on your breath. Start your meditation by taking several deep breaths.
- Do a body scan. Take a moment to focus on each part of your body.
- Evaluate your energy.
- Practice gratitude.
- Choose a mantra.
- Reflect on the day.
- Reflect on the past week.
- Think about what you can do for others.
- Imagine yourself in your happy place
Now your happy place could be your favourite city, your favourite beach or even your favourite person. You just need to imagine yourself being happy. You will find out how strongly your imagination can impact your life. Good thoughts will bring you more good, while negative thoughts may lead to you landing yourself into stress again.
So now, breathe in, breathe out!