What is meditation?
The noise from the streets, the doors slamming, the TVs in the background, the phones whose notifications don’t stop, the songs ringing from the headphones of the office colleagues… All of these are part of our daily lives and all are stressors, anxiety, frustrations and nerves. If you find it difficult to concentrate, have insomnia, or often wake up feeling too annoying for people, there is a simple remedy that will change your life. Welcome to the world of meditation! Here’s everything you need to know about this practice.
If you look on the internet, you will find dozens, if not hundreds of definitions of what meditation means. The reason why there are so many explanations is because this method is used in different ways. The best answer will probably be given by Dalai Lama.
We cannot control what is happening around us, but we can control our own minds and reactions. To do this, we need meditation. The idea is to try to distance yourself from what’s going on around you and focus on your own mind. With the help of meditation you can focus better, fall asleep, be more positive, control your reactions and more.
Meditation is about transforming your mind so that you can live as well as possible. The purpose of this practice is not to transform you into a new person, but to teach you to see things from a new perspective and to better understand yourself and those around you. Also, the purpose of meditation is to help you live in the present and focus on the things you do without your mind going “away” elsewhere.
How to meditate?
To be able to meditate you must learn how to do this. It starts with short sessions of a few minutes, and gradually you will be able to reach 15 – 20 minutes of uninterrupted meditation. If you are in the beginning you should sit in a comfortable position, preferably on a back seat. Stand upright, but comfortable, and with the feet glued to the floor.
Focus on your breathing. Start with long inhalations, and gradually return to normal breathing. Pay attention to your body as you breathe and try to focus on it. Close your eyes and keep focusing on your breath and your body. You will see that soon enough your mind will go elsewhere, but that is not a problem. You’re just getting started. Gradually you will learn to concentrate only on your body, your breath and your mind, ignoring the surrounding noises..
The benefits of meditation
Meditation reduces stress
One of the main reasons why meditation is so popular is that it helps reduce stress. This practice teaches you to be more patient, more attentive and have a more positive attitude. It also helps you control your reactions. Thus, when you have a clear mind it is much easier to not get angry and stay calm.
It helps you focus better
Does every noise made by your colleagues’ keyboard stress your nerves? And it seems that every 2 seconds someone around you is sneezing or coughing. Well, the fault for this attitude is the lack of ability to focus on the things you want to do. Meditation will help you this time too, and with this practice you will learn how to master your mind and thoughts, abstracting from background noise and disturbance.
Meditation makes you happier
Several studies show that this practice has beneficial effects on the brain, and during meditation the right side of the brain (the one responsible for positive emotions) is more active than the left. Also, meditation makes you focus more on your own person.
Meditation helps you improve your relationships
Studies show that people who regularly meditate have the ability to be more understanding than others and they better understand the conditions others go through. The outcome? Stronger relationships.
It helps you to be more creative
Lots of different scientific studies show that people who meditate show more creativity.
Other benefits of meditation:
- It improves your memory
- It helps you make decisions easier
- It can help you get rid of different addictions
- It can help you get rid of insomnia
- It is useful in the fight against the pressure
- It helps you train better