The Power of Meditation
Today’s world is changing. People are incorporating more holistic and mindful practices into their daily lives. From children to elders, meditation is one of those practices.
We all know someone who practices meditation. For some people, it’s a daily practice, while for others it’s just for emergency situations. What are some of those emergency situations? It’s those moments where you feel like your life is spinning out of control. It’s for times when you can’t seem to get out of your own way.
Can you become one of the masses and take on the practice of meditation, as well? Does it sound like it’s
too time consuming and not worth the trouble? If you think this way, you’ll be in for an extremely pleasant surprise. Not only is meditation most certainly worth the time and effort, but the rewards will speak for themselves.
There are so many benefits to meditation which will delight and surprise you. First of all, let’s get into the subject of what meditation really is. Some people think you have to be a highly spiritual person or an expert in meditation with a certification to your name.
This is not the case. Meditation is available for everyone, and why not? It has a multitude of benefits.
What is Meditation?
The practice of meditation has been around for centuries. People have used it for religious purposes and cultural reasons. There are as many forms of meditation as there are practices.
The art and practice of meditation basically has one goal: to slow down the mind. Especially in today’s culture, we all have such busy lifestyles and even busier minds. Stress levels are up, blood pressure is up and relaxation is down. This is where meditation comes into play.
The art and practice of meditation is one where you allow yourself and, most importantly, your mind to relax, rest, and rejuvenate itself. You take time to practice the art of breathing, slowing down your mind and coming back to center.
What is center? Center is the place where your deepest desires live and breathe. It’s the place where you can move forward from and get back on track. The true history of meditation is really the practice of getting into a thought consciousness of total awareness and not letting the mind wander.
However, this is something that takes time and practice. The history and background of meditation is to serve one higher purpose. That purpose is to be in and experience present-moment living.
What is the Power of Meditation?
While some people might view meditation as some sort of woo woo practice which doesn’t really work, the truth of the matter is that there is power behind meditation. When a person meditates, your brain waves change. Meditation actually has the power to change your mind, or at least your mindset.
Meditation affects the brain and its brain waves. Each part of the brain, according to scientific studies and research, is affected by meditation. Incoming information can be slowed down when meditating:
· Emotions are not as strong
· Sensory input slows down
· Over-thinking ceases
· Information overload slows down
There are several parts of the brain which are positively impacted by meditation:
· Frontal lobe
· Parietal lobe
Imagine being able to control your brain to some degree and be able to relax, focus, and have more clarity! All of this can come from meditation!
How to start as a beginner
Any new endeavor takes time to get used to. Just like anything else, you don’t want to jump in too much too soon. If you are exercising for the first time, you certainly wouldn’t run a 5K on the first day. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Start slow – no matter how excited you are about beginning your meditation journey, it’s important to start slow. You don’t want to get overzealous and fall short. Many times when people start something new they go all out and get overwhelmed before they even begin. They have good intentions, but they don’t always stick with it. Meditation can be overwhelming in the beginning until you learn how to train your brain and guide yourself back to center.
2. Set up a space – It’s important to set up a space that you can call your own. It does not have to be anything elaborate. It just needs to be someplace to call your own. It could be a corner of your den or in front of the window of your bedroom on the floor. Whatever it is, make it your own.
3. Create a routine – it’s important just as you would with any new endeavor to create a routine. If you are going to alternate one morning with one evening and then a midday set of 10 minute meditations, keep to your routine. If you want to do it every other morning and alternate this with every other night, then stick with that routine.
4. Stand in integrity and do what you say you will when you say you will – if you say you are going to take on the practice of meditation, then take it on whole heartedly.
5. Get a partner - don’t go it alone – meditation can be fun when you partner with other people. Find an accountability partner or better yet, find someone to join in on the fun with you.
6. Let everyone know you are taking on this practice whether they want to join you or agree with you – be up front and clear that meditation is important to you and you fully intend to reap the benefits and they will reap the rewards as well when they see a brand new you.
Types of meditation:
There are several types of meditation practices. Here are just a few you might want to explore and uncover:
As you can see, meditation has a multitude of benefits. These benefits make their way into your mind, body, and spirit. Not only do you reap the rewards and benefits of incorporating meditation into your daily life, so does everyone else around you!
Meditation is not difficult to learn and it is not difficult to keep up the pace. With only 10 minutes a day, you could be on your way to a brand new you. You’ll be glad you did and your family, friends, and co-workers will be thrilled you did, too!
Audrey C. @ Holistic Wellness RN