Meditation is a journey deeper into your true self and home. It is for everyone, whatever our spiritual path, Eastern or Western. Meditation brings our attention inward and allows our mind to settle into calmness. Meditation trains our mind to hold steady in the Light and in that Light to be aware of our higher purpose, our mission in life.
Meditation focuses on maintaining quietness of our busy mind. The effect is to direct our concentration to one healing element one sound, one word, one image, or one’s breath. When our mind is “filled” with the feeling of calm and peace, it cannot take off on its own and worry, stress out or get depressed.
During meditation, our whole body is in full relaxation, our heart rates and blood pressure stabilised. The benefits is that you get so calm and peaceful and you will be looking forward to it daily.
How Does Meditation Work?
Studies have shown that meditation can bring about a healthy state of relaxation by causing a generalized reduction in multiple physiological and biochemical markers, such as deceased heart rate, decreased respiration rate, decreased plasma cortisol, decreased pulse rate and increased EEG alpha, a brain wave associated with relaxation. Our body gains a state of profound rest.
During meditation, our blood pressure stays at “low level” but falls significantly for persons on medication with abnormally high levels of blood pressure.
Meditation reduces activity in the nervous system. Through meditation we can learn to access the relaxation response and to be aware of the mind and the way our attitudes produce stress. In calming the mind, meditation can also put one in touch with the inner physician, allowing our body’s own inner wisdom to be heard.
Meditation is part of my yoga practice. When I meditate, I feel my life changes for the better. It brings me peace of mind and I handle things better in life. I have the insights I want to solve problems and a clearer viewpoint even when I feel stressful. Through all these years of practicing meditation, I have been able to reap the positive influence on my life.
How To Meditate Effectively?
Ideally you should meditate in a quiet place, or a room with no distraction. Wear simple and comfortable clothes and remove your shoes when meditate. Try meditating in the same place every time because that will build up a calm meditative energy, making it easier each time to go within.
Guide to Meditation:-
1. Sit upright on your meditation mat with legs folded. Although you may feel rather uneasy initially, after a few sessions, you will feel at ease.
2. Straighten up your spine and close your eyes.
3. Using both your thumb and forefinger touching each other, place your hands on your knees, one on top of the other.
4. Take three full breaths through your nose, filling up your lower diaphragm and slowly letting it out, again through the nose.
5. Breathe slowly, through the nose and feel your breath going in and out.
6. Have a feel of your breath going into your body, within your body and then going out of your body again.
7. If your are distracted by a thought, gently bring back your mind to your breathing and start once more to feel the breathing, then the exhaling.
Through my personal experience, the best time to meditate is when air is fresh and environment is quiet early in the morning – between 6 A.M. to 6.30 A.M. But for some people, the best time for meditation is evening just before going to bed. The choice is yours, as long as you find it comfortable and effective.
It takes an experienced person to explain the wonderful, positive effects of meditation. Through the years of experience I had with meditation, I must say that it has uplifted me and changed my life positively. If you think of meditating, ten or fifteen minutes a day for a start can have a powerful effect on you. You will realize how smoothly your day flows and how it transforms you over a period of time.
To improve your meditation atmosphere, you may light incense or a candle. Incense creates a sensory memory that helps draw you inside. You may also sit on a small woolen mat that is only used for meditation and this helps to hold energy.
If you like to light incense for your meditation, here are some facts; some scents encourage calm, while others promote vitality and energy. Sandalwood and frankincense soothe us and pull us inward. Tibetan monks are fond of using these for meditating and for religious events too. Rosewood, geranium, and lavender calm our fears and ease our anxieties.
The goodness of citrus scents like orange, lemon and lime is its great stimulation after meditation session. For a quick effect, place a few drops of orange blossom oil on a cotton ball and inhale. Peppermint and spearmint can be stimulating too.
Take the first step to meditate today for better health and younger you!