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Meditation and Mindfulness!

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