But, what meditation really is? Meditation is translation to Sanskrit word Dhyana and it means practice, in which mind is focused into one target. Meditation is a method which is used for finding physical and emotional peace and balance. Meditation is quieting mind and senses. And believe it or not, daily meditation practice can actually improve your health and overall well-being. And once this is mastered, we can find our true selves.
It is not difficult to get used to daily practice once you get started. At first, practices are good to keep short and little by little extend the duration of the practice. It’s good to remember that even shorter meditation is useful, although our wandering minds might cause problems because maybe the time is not long enough to quiet the mind. But please don't use this as an excuse to not even start.
Benefits of meditation
- Reduces harmful reactions to stress in our bodies
- Decreases and balances blood pressure
- Relaxes and gives inner peace
- Increases focus
- Reduces mood swings
- Improves sleep quality
- Strengthens self-esteem and confidence
- Increases self-knowledge
Pretty amazing, right? Meditation teaches us self-knowledge and it helps us understand our thoughts and behavior better. By noticing this we are more positive to ourselves and the world around us and it leads us into a better balance between our bodies and minds.
1. First take a comfortable seated position, where you are able to breath nicely for 5-10 minutes, you can set your phone to alert and take this time to relax your mind. You can also sit and lean on to a wall if you feel more comfortable that way. Try to keep your spine straight and long and keep your chest open so you really giving space to your breath.
2. Remember that it is completely natural that thoughts come into your mind when this happens just acknowledge the thoughts and gently and lovingly bring yourself back to your body and your breath.
3. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Feel your breath. How and what do you feel when you inhale and how does it feel to exhale.
4. Inhale through your nose and let your lungs fill completely. Exhale through your mouth and stay in the state of your exhalation little while longer than in your inhalation. Continue breathing like this for a little while.
5. Then return to your natural breath and feel the rhythm of your natural breath. And breath as you naturally do for a little while.
6. Once your meditation session has come to an end, take just a few moments to yourself and really feel, how you feel now. Can you feel calmer than you were when you first started this session?
You can read more about meditation on the blog later this year.