I decided to do this blog about meditation because loads of people hear that it is something that we should practice daily because of its benefits but don’t really follow up with it because they either don’t do it well, and don’t feel any change or they don’t believe that staying in a quiet space for a few minutes daily will really change their world. I am not judging anybody because I was like that before I became a Reiki Practitioner.
So what is Meditation?
Meditation is a mental concentration that helps to control our mind and our thoughts while engaging in mental activity either focusing on specific thoughts or focusing on nothing at all. When meditating, we connect with the universe within our physical bodies, emotional bodies, and mental bodies or our body and mind. It brings together and centers the interaction of these 3 different bodies with our spiritual body or our soul.
It has been proven that physically, meditation affects us in many wonderful ways. It increases the production and flow of endorphins ~ calm and soothes the body. It lowers also our blood pressure and helps to re-align our brain patterns so our body begins healing itself. Reiki also is a powerful energy healing technique.
Emotionally, meditation can help us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, all factors that can prevent us from feeling happy. It helps to reduce the intensity and frequency of our resentments and fear, moving toward a more consistent feeling of caring, compassion, and love.
Mentally, meditation is said to improve focus, mental clarity and reduce or eliminate stress. It allows us to detach from our addiction to thinking too much, our re-living of past events and projecting our worries and fears into the future. It can also give you peace, which I feel is desperately needed in today’s society.
Meditation will help us to practice re-directing our energy in a positive way.
“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.”
We need to be aware that thinking negative thoughts, feeling angry, having resentments and fear, or act selfishly and destructively, is creating that same type of environment and world around us.
By daily meditating, we will become a calmer person; we will gain mental serenity in each task we perform and it will help us re-condition our mind in a positive way, to improve the quality of our effect upon others and ourselves.
So why not meditating daily? Meditation is free, it’s powerful, can be practiced by anyone, everywhere, is extremely beneficial and can help us to feel happier. So make it a priority to add Meditation to your daily task.
It is important to remember that the results are different from person to person and before you can see the results it may takes some time.
How to start meditating?
- You need to find a special space for meditation at the start after you will be able to do it anywhere. But if you are new, find your quiet place, where you feel good. Start your practice while in a position that comes naturally to you; it can be sitting on the floor on a mat, or lying down, or kneeling down or standing up. You don’t need to be in the lotus position to meditate. My favorite place is lying down on my bed as I put crystals healing on my body while meditating.
- Find the right time to meditate, try to do it each day at the same time, dusk and dawn are a great time but it is up to you. You want to feel comfortable and you want to have peace of mind, so if you have children wait until they are gone to school. “Your Me Time!”. The advantage of doing it at the same time also is that your body will slow down faster… Remember we are creatures of habits!
- You can also light a candle, use incense, put light music or use guided meditation on Youtube… There are tons of them.
- If you are not using guided meditation, when you are in the right position, just concentrate on your breathing… deep breathing coming from your stomach. Inhale deeply through your nose. Hold your breath as you count to 5. Release the air via a slow, deep exhale through your nose. Do it a few times until you feel very relaxed. Oxygen revitalizes you, resets your mind, body and spirit and allows you to feel better. You can close your eyes or focus on something, maybe the candle… It is up to you.
- When you are in that state, try to remove all the thoughts from your head and you should feel your body getting heavier, your head, your neck, your shoulders, your spine, your legs…. Be conscious of your environment but don’t let it bother you and let your mind wander. You can create your happy place, it might be somewhere you know, or maybe a fantasy place. Make it a safe place where you can go whenever you want to find peace. The more you’ll practice and the more you’ll shape this sacred place, in there you can tell your intentions, you can see yourself and/or your family/friends in the future. There is no right or wrong way to do meditation… Just let yourself go!!! Or if you prefer just focus on something that is bothering you, and ask for answers. In that state of unconscious mind you will find what you are looking for if you practice regularly.
So you need to decide yourself if you want to take this habit of meditating each day! As I said there is no right way and no wrong way. You will find what suits you better and what works for you. It may be helpful to keep a brief journal to record any insights that arise during your practice.
People meditate for different reasons: to feel calm, to diminish stress or pain, to get through a crisis, or to engage in spiritual practice. Through meditation, you attain the power to control your thoughts, and on occasion stop them completely. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t reach a silent mind in the first few sessions. It takes time and practice. Meditation is a simple and spontaneous action. Unfortunately, our mind is used to complication and it takes time to unlearn bad habits.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
I do believe meditation is very important in our daily lives! I see too many people living in the rat race and not enjoying life to the fullest! Here are 2 questions for you:
Have you tried meditation before? If not, why not?
If you practice regular meditation, what kind of meditation you do?
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