The Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation extend beyond stress and relaxation to better health and well-being.
People have been using meditation for 1000's of years to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and attain better health and well-being. So there must be something in it right?
Meditation techniques allow us to slow our busy stressful mind.
Stress affects our bodies and clutters our mind with a merry-go-round of thoughts.
Meditation turns off the busy chatter of our minds and the mental noise that is experienced daily.
Meditation allows us to de-stress and recharge.
But the benefits of meditation extend well beyond stress relief.
While meditation gurus have long known the benefits of meditation, the first clinical study was conducted by a French women who traveled to India with an electrocardiogram.
What she found was that Indian yogis could decelerate their heart rates dramatically.
Since then, there have been many clinical studies investigating the meditation benefits on the mind and body.
There are many meditation benefits but the primary goal of meditation is to enhance our awareness of the present moment.
Staying in the present with meditation means that we do not dwell on the past or think of the future and the associated anxieties that come with this.
It doesn't matter what meditation techniques you use to do this.
If you come across a so-called meditation guru who says that this is the only way to enlightenment then run the other way.
Some of the more common meditation techniques are:
How to meditate
You can meditate anytime you like but it is especially beneficial to get into the habit of meditating before using meditation to manage stress and anxiety.
In discussing how to meditate there are a few things to consider such as:
Meditation teachers suggest that you meditate upon first waking up as this is when your subconscious mind is most receptive and your body is most rested.
The benefit of this is that you can choose this time to also fill your subconscious mind with a diet of positive thoughts.
Another important point with meditation is that it is most effective with daily practice.
Meditation is a state of mind that requires habitual practice of employing focus and awareness.
Here are some easy meditation techniques that I have found useful for how to meditate for beginners.
Another issue that people have when learning how to meditate is finding time.
If you are a busy person or you find it hard to relax with meditation then meditation software may be useful for you.
Meditation software skips the learning curve that comes with meditation exercises with meditation teachers sharing their insights and meditation techniques.
Similarly, meditation music is useful to complement the meditation practice. Here is some free meditation music to play when meditating.
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