Meditation is a topic I am very excited to write about I held off purposely
for quite a while because I wanted to share how meditation has affected me over
a period of time. I will also say that I don’t think I am a meditation expert in
anyway shape or form but I do think it is such an excellent practice that I feel
has had great impact on my life so therefore I will share what I do know about
it, so you can try it for yourself and develop your own thoughts on it!
For those of you not familiar
with what meditation is it is by definition: Any form of a family of practices
in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness
to realize benefit.
Meditation can be used for
religious and spiritual purposes as well as simply clearing your mind. Many
religions around the world practice some form of meditation.
I use meditation for spiritual
purposes, personal development, and for stress relief. I firmly believe there is
not a “correct way” to meditate. I will meditate sometimes during the day for
about an hour but mostly every night before going to sleep. Now some might tell
you that you need to be in a certain position like the lotus position which does
have its benefits if you are trying to clear chakras and what not but for the
most part I love meditation while lying down. I know that position isn’t for
everyone because they might be more apt to fall asleep but you will be surprised
with how quickly you can train your mind to stay awake and be active while your
body is falling asleep. You can also sit in a chair with a supportive back and
keep your feet flat on the floor and your hands on your thighs with your index
finger and thumb touching. With all that said I say meditate in whatever
position you are most comfortable. Meditation to me is a mental state of
awareness in my opinion your body position doesn’t really matter unless you’re
trying to do other spiritual things during meditation which I will cover another
How do you meditate? Well there
are multiple ways you can start and practice meditation. If you are new to
meditation I will suggest first trying a guided meditation. You can find free
mp3s or youtube videos that will guide you through your meditation. You can also
choose to meditate on certain topics and find a guided meditation on that
topic. I first started meditation with just my own thoughts, my visualization
of the future, positive affirmations then clearing my mind completely free of
any thoughts. After I started experimenting with meditation is when I
personally discovered guided meditation videos I quite enjoyed. I also had a
friend suggest I try some meditation music. There are multiple types of
meditation music everything from sounds of nature to binaural beats to
isochronic tones that will use theta, alpha, and delta waves to get you into a
deeper trance state. I love the isochronic tones. For those of you who are
spiritual in anyway I suggest trying them. Each sound wave type will help you
with something different. Below is a chart with just a snapshot of the brain
waves with a look at how each affects you.
I love to listen to tones with theta
waves but they all have their benefits and I change it up often enough.
I listen to tones only 25 percent of
the time I meditate and the other 75 percent I just use my own mind and
thoughts. They both have many benefits. If you’re a beginner at meditation you
can start off with 10 minute sessions and build yourself up if you enjoy
meditating. I usually do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of meditation on
any given day.
Meditation aside from helping you
mentally has many medical benefits such as
||It lowers oxygen
||It decreases respiratory
||It increases blood flow
and slows the heart rate.
tolerance in heart patients.
||Leads to a deeper level
||Good for people with
high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
||Reduces anxiety attacks
by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
||Decreases muscle tension
(any pain due to tension) and headaches.
||It increases serotonin
production which influences mood and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are
associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
||Helps in chronic
diseases like allergies , arthritis etc.
||Reduces Pre- menstrual
||Helps in post-operative
||Enhances the immune
system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of
'natural-killer cells', which kill bacteria and cancer cells.
||Also reduces activity of
viruses and emotional distress.
If all that isn’t reason enough to
try meditation I always tell people to imagine a time where they were in a
situation they didn’t have an answer to the situation. They didn’t know what to
do or how they were going to handle said situation. Well the answers are ALWAYS
within you. When you meditate things really do become clearer. Most of us have
so many things going on in our minds at any one time. We are at work, playing
with our tech gadgets, around many people etc. never having much time to think
clear and free. Well meditation gives you that time. Meditation gives you the
time to clear your mind and allow answers and ideas to come flowing to you.
Personally meditation for me has
allowed so many brilliant ideas to flow to me. Whenever I meditate I usually
feel recharged afterword, less stressed, full of ideas, completely relaxed, and
have a feeling of pure happiness and joy inside of me. Also I have had some very
interesting spiritual experiences during meditation. Again I am no expert in
meditation but it has definitely enhanced my life. Things that bothered me
before I started to practice meditation do not bother me any more. I fully
recommend trying it. You will be surprised with how it will benefit you. There
is only one way to find out what the benefits will be for you! Try it.