Many people think that meditation has to do with certain religion, this is not true. In fact meditation is nothing to do with religion. Anyone, regardless of his or her religion, can practise meditation and enjoy the health benefits from it. Meditation can help you to improve your mind function and overall health.
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress levels and it can even help with conditions such as high blood pressure. What I love about practising meditation is that it can help me to calm my mind and help me to concentrate better. This also helps a great deal in my work career as I can focus a lot better and able to see opportunities that come across my way.
Another great benefit of meditation is that it makes you to be aware of good health and this allows you to make healthy choices in your lifestyle.
But, What Exactly Is Meditation?
Meditation is all about the mind game. It helps you to focus and clear your mind. But it takes a little time and effort to get the hang of meditation, this is because our minds are so cluttered with so many things these days. With some practice and patience, you will be able to get into the habit of meditating. Once you are able to make it part of your habit, you will be able to reap the many health benefits from it.
Perhaps the next question to ask is, how to do meditation?
To get started, find a quiet place where you can be comfortable. You can sit in a cross-legged position, but this isn’t mandatory. You may find another sitting position that is more comfortable for you, but the key is to maintain a good posture. Do not slouch, because if you do, you will get tired easily and feel like falling asleep.
Here are some techniques to help you focus and clear your mind:
Focus on your breath. Start to breathe in and out slowly, and for each breath you take, focus on the air that is going through your nose. Try not to think anything that is related to your works, just focus on empty your mind and clear your thoughts.
As mentioned, this will take some practice. Thoughts are inevitable and they will come through your mind. When thoughts appear, focus on your breathing intensely. With some effort, you will be able to get thing going smoothly.
Another technique is to keep on telling yourself and your mind to focus on the present moment. Do not think of the past or the future, think of the present moment; your present state of mind.
When you are able to make meditation part of your habit, you will have a more focused mind. This can certainly help you to do your job or business better as your mind is now clear and is able to focus on the tasks at the present moment without worrying about your past or future.
Effective Stress Buster
Meditation is really an effective stress buster. You see, stress is caused by worrying about the past or the future. One of the best quotes I have ever come across about stress is from a very successful self development guru “Eckhart Tolle”, here is what he says: “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.”
Get it? Let me repeat… “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.”
That is why meditation is so effective in managing your stress because it helps you to achieve calmness in your soul and mind. It helps you to focus on the present time instead of the past or future.
The absence of stress will improve your health in many ways. You’ll likely enjoy lower blood pressure and a strengthened immune system. Stress can also lead to mental disorders, so when you strive to be stress-free, you will keep anxiety and depression away as well.
But of course, there is no such thing as a stress-free life these days. Stress is always present in our life, the important thing is how we manage the stress.