Meditation is a technique used to help your mind clear, become relaxed and inwardly focus.
This is a skill that takes time to master but has many benefits each step of the way. Meditation is not a religion. The goal of meditation is to allow us to go beyond our own minds and experience our essential nature of peace and happiness.
Meditation is a way for calming yourself, for letting go of your biases and seeing what is, openly and clearly. It trains the mind to not be distracted or caught up in its endless churning. We are taught how to move and behave in the outer world, but we are never taught how to be still and examine what is within ourselves. When we learn to do this we experience more of the peace, happiness and bliss that is all around us.
Meditation has been shown to help with many different health concerns.
Meditation helps to reduce stress which in turn has been shown to help decrease anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and pain.
Many people state that they can’t sit still for 20 minutes and empty their mind. For some, a walking meditation is what works best. While walking they notice that their mind tends to clear out and they are able to just be in the world around them without judgment or awareness of the chaos around them.
For most beginners to meditation, it is helpful to remember to be gentle with yourself. This is a skill you learn to master. I encourage beginners to start with only 3-5 minutes of sitting and just focus on their breathing, repeat a word or mantra, or envision a simple image to help them clear their mind.
Benefits that you will notice as you continue your meditation practice is improved sleep, better mood, and more control of emotions. As well as lowered blood pressure, and decrease in your anxiety and depression symptoms.