I strive to deliver information on topics that have either interested me in the past or have gained traction in recent health news. One of the subjects that I have seen frequently in health-related articles and in my own health journey is meditation.
Something I love about mediation is it is subjective and there is no wrong way to do it. I LOVE things of this nature. You can equate it to how yoga is often described, a continuing course of self-discovery. Yoga ‘teachers’ consider themselves students because they are constantly practicing and learning, never conquering or mastering.
With meditation you can practice in a variety of ways and it is personal and up to you what works.
Meditation had seemed unreachable to me in the past. I never thought I would have the patience or time to dedicate to it. These thoughts came to me because of the misconception I had about meditation.
My understanding at the time was that it is a skill you had to work up to, a form of enlightenment. I knew my brain never turned off and this was a struggle I felt I didn’t have time for. If I had known then what I do now, I would have started meditating a long time ago.
I hope this post clears up some of the confusion or at least leaves you with an open mind to try meditation if it is something you have been interested in. Like previously mentioned, there are no masters here, only fellow mediators on the same journey.
So what is meditation exactly? Meditation can be simply described as contemplation, thinking, or reflection. It can be both spiritual or simply an extended state of concentration. For me, it is the time I give my brain a chance to catch up, I think of it as a pass to do nothing and just BE.
Of course you can go deeper with meditation and some religions use it for transcendence or achieving another level of spirituality, but for the benefits of this post I am going to focus on what it has done for me in my life and on my path to wellness.
Top 5 Simple Reasons To Start Meditating
- Reduces stress
- Improves immune system and bone density
- Reduces blood pressure and regulates blood sugar levels
- Increases fertility and levels out hormones
- Eliminates depression or addictive qualities
In my current experience, mediation has been something that has truly helped me set the tone for the day. Like I stated above, there are no rules and no correct ways to meditate, but there are suggestions and opinions from others if you are feeling overwhelmed or unsure of how to begin.
Some of the reading I did on meditation suggested it would be best to start the habit of meditating first thing in the morning, around the same time and setting each day.
This could be due to the fact that it makes forming a habit easier or prepares your body and mind for what’s to come. No matter the reason, I felt having this pattern made it much easier to keep the habit of meditating in the mornings and I was able to drift off into a state of peace easier than if I chose to meditate at different times or different locations.
Top 5 Things To Help You Meditate Simply
- Don’t have expectations
- Take your time and be patient with yourself
- Set a time of day you can commit to each day
- Remember there are no rules
- Find confidence in your own strategy
After starting a morning meditation habit I have seen my anxiety go way down, my mood improve and my energy increase. I can’t explain why these benefits happened exactly, but I can guess it has something to do with finding some time to completely shut down and check in with how I am feeling physically and emotionally.
We do not do this very often in our busy society, and I feel it is extremely important to slow down and self reflect. When this happens, you are able to judge what you need and in what time frame so that a breakdown or crash doesn’t occur.
Did you find this post helpful? If you are meditating I would love to hear your thoughts, and if you aren’t is it something you’d like to try?