For a very long time, I thought of meditation as some sort of a hippy sh*t that only weird people would do. I thought they were meditating to connect to spirits or some other stupid stuff. That was the way old me was thinking. That me was ignorant and was not willing to learn new things and experiences about life. Now that I have transformed myself into new me, I would like to share some of my experiences and knowledge about this subject with you guys. Just in case any of you are thinking the way I did too, I will try to make this post short and explain the key facts so even if you won’t like the ideas you won’t spend a lot of time reading them.
What is meditation?
Meditation is an exercise for your mental health. (To understand more about importance of mental and physical activities read my previous blog post here.) In Buddhist tradition word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to word ‘sports’ in English. It is an activity that really trains your mind, and by doing different sorts of meditations you can train different mental skills.
Types of meditation:
- Concentration meditation – to train your focus and mental concentration.
- Mindfulness meditation – to become happier and present in the current moment.
- Mantra meditation – repetition of words or sentences in order to feel good.
The purpose of meditation is not to run away or forget your problems or anything else that you might think it is. But it is simple to make our mind peaceful and calm. When our mind is peaceful our worries and mental discomfort will disappear, letting us experience true happiness. On the other hand, if our mind is all over the place it is very hard to become happy and enjoy the good things that are all around us.
One of the most important things about meditation is that it is probably the best way to make you aware of your emotions and thoughts. Once you are aware of those you will be able to control them in a much easier way. Also, scientific studies have shown that meditation has short terms positive effects and can affect these areas of your body:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower heart rate
- Less perspiration
- Slower respiratory rate
- Less anxiety
- Lower blood cortisol levels
- More feelings of well-being
- Less stress
- Deeper relaxation
How to meditate?
Meditation does not require any preparation or special equipment. All you need is a comfortable place, to begin with. The process of actual meditation depends on the type of meditation you want to do but the setup is always the same:
- Find a place where you could spend 2 minutes on your own without being interrupted by anyone.
- Sit down. You can sit down on a chair, floor or anything else that is comfortable for you. Make sure you’re comfortable enough to sit in a posture where your back is straight but not tense. You do not have to sit in any way of that is not familiar or comfortable to you.
- Once sat you shall take a few deep breaths. Breath in slowly and deeply, hold it for a few seconds and slowly exhale. Repeat this 3-5 times and then close your eyes.
- Once your eyes are closed you should proceed with the specific meditation you want to do. (For the sake of this guide I will tell you how to do the “Concentration meditation” which in my opinion is the best one to start off with for beginners.) Breathe normally and try to focus your attention on breathing. Feel how your body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Using your mind observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly. Do not try to control your breath and breathe normal. Just simply focus your attention on it. If after some time your mind wanders and starts to think about some other things try to get it back to focusing on breathing.
- Once time is up, take a few deep breaths as you did before start, smile, stretch out and continue with your day.
That is all there is to meditation, it might sound simply silly but it does work.
You should start doing this exercise for 2-3 minutes at the beginning, but try to increase the time as you go along. Some people increase it up to 45 minutes!
As everything in life, you will get better at meditation and thought control if you will be persistent. Meditation should become one of your good daily habits in order to gain the most from it.
I’m writing all this blog in order to spread the knowledge and help others to grow them a bigger person. I would not write anything that I do not believe in or not practice myself. Since I started meditation I have become more calm, more thoughtful and more enlighted person, so I definitely recommend you trying it out for at least a month. It only takes 5 minutes a day!
Thanks for reading and I hope this was somewhat useful for you. I would love to hear some of your stories about meditation in the comments section below or by dropping me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org