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Meditation | Happyness | 12th August 2021 | Virtual Wire

 
Meditation – What Is It Really?
There’s no doubt that stress is at an all-time high. The stress of work, finances, relationships, health, and other worries wears us down, making us mundane and unproductive.

We can’t solve our problems by ourselves, so we turn to others for help. Meditation and mindfulness are two ways to reduce our stress while increasing our freedom to choose what we put our minds towards. There’s no wrong time to start meditating or mindfulness practice; their benefits are for everyone, at any time.


Here is a simple definition of meditation: To quiet the mind and become aware of the present moment; to be aware without reaction (Pali, Vedanta, Yoga).To take control of your mind, tap into its energy, and be comfortable with the discomfort that is normal when we are trying to stay focused and clear-minded. Meditation can be done throughout the day in many different forms.


Why Is Meditation Good For You?

Meditation is an effortless but powerful practice. It’s been shown to expand your mind, help with stress, lower blood pressure, and potentially improve your physical health. That doesn’t mean that if you’re not stressed out that you shouldn’t be doing meditation; stress will always be there, and sometimes it’s easy to spot.


Meditation and mindfulness are becoming more popular as a way to escape the stresses of life. A stress-free life can lead to a better performance at work, in school, and in your personal life.


The technique of mindful breathing, exercise, and thinking positively can help reduce your anxiety and stress. Being in the present moment can help you see what’s going on around you and avoid becoming overwhelmed.


Meditation and mindfulness are two usually overlooked tools for improving your mental health. A study published in the journal Clinical Psychology has found that simply practising techniques for quieting the mind can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety among otherwise healthy adults.



Learning To Relax

The first step to successful meditation is learning how to relax. Think of it this way: if you want to stop feeling stressed out, one of the best ways is to spend time in a room with no distractions—a place where you can simply be.


Being in the moment can help you fully relax. Meditation and mindfulness practices are perfect for this because they focus on your breath, awareness of body sensation, and stillness.


As you become more aware of your surroundings, thinking less about your day and more about your breath, the world around you will seem easier to navigate. Here are some of the most common techniques that’ll help you feel more relaxed and more in the present moment:


• Deep full breathing


• Calmly sitting with your eyes closed, in an upright position


• Listening to soft music


• Burning incense and/or candles (for additional aromatherapy!)


• Thinking about your thoughts and not reacting to them, simply watching them from a distance.



Practical Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being aware of your surroundings, both pleasant and unpleasant. Being mindful also involves being aware of thoughts and assumptions - what you believe about yourself and the world.


This awareness can help clear your mind of ideas that aren’t serving you or that will make you anxious; it can lead you straight to the present moment, where you can act more clearly and wisely.


Getting into the groove of being mindful can help you feel more energized and productive throughout the day. And when you’ve got a routine going, it can help you relax and feel less anxious. That’s because calming your mind and body comes from having regular patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.


Trying to do something new or different for an extended period can trigger stressful experiences — like FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) — which makes you feel like you need to be doing something special to maintain your good feelings.


To avoid this, try practising mindfulness — staying focused on the present moment without worrying about what’s coming up next or what other people are thinking about you.



FAQs About Meditation And Mindfulness

Can everyone meditate?

Yes, everyone can meditate. Regular exercise and meditation can help improve focus, concentration, and memory. Even just 10 minutes a day can make a big difference. You don’t have to be an accomplished monk or a life coach to benefit from regular meditation practice.


For how long should I meditate?

For most people, 10 minutes a day is sufficient. If you find that you need more time or want more specific techniques, try a guided meditation or a mindfulness audiobook. Both are easy to follow and implement.


Why do I feel weird in my body when I meditate?

When you’re meditating, it’s normal to want to know what is happening in and around you. You might experience some fullness in your body at first. Still, as you become more familiar with your surroundings, these feelings subside.


You might feel like there is some pressure inside your head or something blocking thoughts or actions (such as from social situations). You can experience all three at once by starting slow and increasing the intensity over time. Either way, the benefits are likely to be more significant when an open mind leads effort than by rigid thoughts and practices


What if negative thoughts come up?

Don’t worry; it’s completely normal! Negative thoughts sometimes have a hold on our minds. You can deny their existence or push them away with force, but they always return and create discomfort. To get out of this negative mental loop, you must first train yourself to notice the thoughts and how they affect you. If you chase after negative thoughts, they will find a way to chase you back.


The best practice is to simply observe them, note them down mentally, and be with them. Developing a habit of being with your thoughts creates a safe space to eventually and gradually let them go. Remember, you’re not a bad person for having negative thoughts. Simply notice them, and let them be. They’ll leave without you even noticing.


The power of mindfulness in meditation is an invaluable resource for anyone facing challenges in life. From fear to depression to stress - mindfulness can help relieve these emotions and help you thrive.


In times of trouble, it can be easy to feel as if life has no meaning and you are just floating along on autopilot - tired or even stuck - but this is not so. Being mindful isn’t about forcing yourself to think positively; it’s about truly loving yourself. It’s about nurturing yourself in a way that makes you feel like you have more power and flexibility to handle life’s challenges in a way that is elegant and whole.


Happy meditating!





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