What is meditation?
Meditation is not worshiping or praying, it is a technique used to calm the mind. Through meditation you train your conscious and subconscious mind. In other words you become aware of your inner silence. Anyone can meditate, you don’t need to be a monk to do this.
“Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity. Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being.” By: Sogyal Rinpoche
What is the purpose of meditation?
Every single day of our lives we are thinking and thinking nonstop. We don’t realize that our thinking affects how we feel most of the time. Let’s face it in our modern fast paced world, we can get to the point that all we do is stress ourselves just by thinking.
“Thinking is compulsive: you can’t stop, or so it seems. It is also addictive: you don’t even want to stop, at least not until the suffering generated by the continuous mental noise becomes unbearable.” By: Eckhart Tolle
Meditation allows relaxation and deep connection within ourselves. It improves our quality of life.
What are the benefits of meditation?
- Better memory
- Increases compassion and empathy
- Helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Improves immune system
- Fights mental illnesses
- Regulates emotions
- Boots creativity
- Aids in managing addiction
- Restores natural sleep cycle
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves concentration
- Helps weight loss
How to mediate?
- Place: Find a comfortable place to meditate. It can be in your backyard, a favorite spot or your room. Anywhere where you feel at ease.
- Time: Choose a time of the day where you can squeeze meditation. Its suggested that dawn or dusk are good times, but anytime of the day is good as well.
- Habit: Create a habit! I won’t lie at first mediation is hard, but all you need it determination and practice. Its preferable that you choose the same place and time to get accustomed to it.
- Posture: Sit down comfortably with your head and back straight looking forward. It is important to note that not everybody is able to sit down on the floor, you can use a chair. If it is painful to sit you can meditate laying down. The trick here is yo feel comfortable and pain-free.
- Focus: Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. You can also focus on an object such as a candle or a place.
- Breathing: It’s important to control your breathing and there are different forms. You can inhale and exhale through the nose or inhale through the nose and exhale through your mouth. Keep your breathing between 3 to 5 seconds.
- Mind: Train your mind to focus on your breathing or an object of your choice. Some people find it easier to repeat a mantra during mediation. Your mind will wonder and fixate on a thought. That’s okay, notice it and how it makes you feel without judgement. Then let it go.
- Meditation: Once you empty your mind, you have successfully meditated. Please be patient, and don’t worry if at first its too difficult.
Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patterns for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options. By: Sharon Salzberg