The mind is busy with its constantly racing thoughts. Add a fast-paced, hectic life, not forgetting the ongoing demands of social media, and ‘turning off ’ becomes a huge challenge. For would-be meditators, the most important realisation is that thoughts are a natural part of meditation, so all is not lost.
The benefits of meditation
● Reduces stress and anxiety
• Helps you feel more calm, relaxed, energised and motivated
● Manages your emotions
• Improves your relationships
• Aids in your sleep at night
• Helps make you more successful
• Gives you better decision-making
● Boosts creativity
● Boosts your concentration and memory
● Helps you to gain more clarity
● Taps into your intuition
● Will make you more productive
● Will help you open up to spirituality
Meditation is the simplest act of sitting in stillness and silence for a dedicated period of time. But what about the constant thoughts? It works like this: the less attention you give them, the more easily and quickly they drift away. With practice, your mental business will gradually settle and, as a result you’ll start to discover a sense of calm. You’ll enjoy a feeling of being more centred within yourself and better connected with your body and spirit. Yes, for some people this is a slower process, so if you feel like you’re not succeeding, keep going – you’ll get there with practice. Focus on the benefits of meditation; for example, how it will help you enjoy your life more fully with better emotional and physical health, enhanced creativity and greater overall wellbeing. It's possibly the best medicine you can give yourself, so is worth every bit of effort.
Something for everyone
There are many different forms of meditation with no right or wrong way to do them, so find what suits you. Four of the most popular are:
Focus on breaths coming in and out. Some people like to focus on a point between the upper lip and nose. When you have thoughts, observe them and let them go. Focus back on your breath.
A mantra is a sound or vibration that has no particular meaning. Repeating one has a soothing effect on the nervous system and helps reduce internal dialogue. Think of a mantra as a ‘pause’ button that helps create distance between thought and action. This helps us to calm down, think, re-centre, and make better decisions.
This is listening to someone guide you through a relaxing and calming meditation with music in the background. It takes you on a beautiful journey.
Be in the present moment of an experience. For example, when going for a walk, observe the plants and flowers, see the birds flying in the sky, and feel the sun on your skin.