How does one start meditating? Most of us have no idea where to start the process. It is believed that meditation is the key to enlightenment/awakening. Should you use guided meditation or use music only meditation? What style of meditation is best?
What is Meditation?
Meditation has a very long history.
It is known to increase calmness, physical relaxation, improves balance, helps to cope with illness, and is an enhancing factor for overall health of the body and mind.
Reasons to Meditate?
Most people when looking for something that will reduce their stress, meditation comes to their mind first and foremost. But why? Meditation is known for calming stress. Scientists have found that stress causes an increase in the bodies’ cortical.
This can cause sleep issues, depression, anxiety, fatigue, higher blood pressure and can make for cloudy thinking. With continued practice of meditation anxiety disorders, phobias, social worries, paranoid thoughts, obsessive or compulsive behaviors, and panic attacks can be reduced. There have been studies completed which have shown that meditation can help with addictions, improve sleep, generate kindness, control pain, and so many more. Meditation is not an alternative to medical care, but is an enhancement to help with these issues.
Several studies have shown that when a person is under large amounts of stress, that an inflammatory chemical called cytokines is released into the body. This can alter the mood and can cause depression or anxiety; and that meditation reduces these responses. Meditation is a great addition to all sorts of medical ailments in order to heal.
Styles of Meditation
There are so many styles of meditation and it would be difficult to name than all. The focus of a meditation is to stop and smell the roses as it were. There are some that focus on specifics. I have listed a couple below just to get you started.
- Kitan Kriya
- Learn Mindfulness
- Quick 5 Minute
- Body Scan
- Breath Awareness
- Kundalini……and so many more.
There are several benefits to meditation, and here is a list of just a few of those things that tests have proven to be effective. Just to name a few.
- Leads to an improvement in self-image and an increase in positive attitude.
- Focuses the mind or thoughts, to help aging adults with memory retention
- To help you develop a better understanding of self and how it can relate to those around you.
- Teaches you to recognize your thoughts that may be harmful and self-defeating.
- Increase strength and endurance of your attention, similar to the attention span for a weight lifter.
- When regularly practiced can give employees mindfulness and stay focused on a task longer than those whom did not. Even the detailed processes were remembered more clearly.
- The whole idea behind meditation is to gain a greater awareness of your thoughts, habits and to steer them away from the things that harm you by moving you towards a more positive life pattern.
Quiet the Mind
It takes time to learn the process and the expertise of meditation. It is not a pass or fail experience; it is an experience of the body, mind and soul. No one understands this more than I. I have been trying to accomplish this task for about 1.5 years. I don’t think anyone has it perfect, except for possibly a monk or spiritual teacher. However, I have found that during my meditations, I am able to quiet my mind from the day to day activities in order to relax. I can connect with the universe (or one’s surroundings) and just be.
The world around us today is quite loud and quite fast-paced. Giving yourself some time to just stop and not think about the happenings of the day, not rapidly run errands, rush to cook dinner, not yell at the kids…being with yourself in a quiet 10-minute moment. It honestly gives me the replenishment of mindset in order to conquer the rest of the day in peace and with love rather than anger or frustration.
Guided Meditation vs Music Meditation
There are different types of meditation styles. You can choose which would be best for you. I have found that when starting out for your first few months, schedule 5-10 minutes a day and it helps to use guided meditations. This offers you the ability to learn the processes on how to and how to be. Your posture, your mindset, how to visualize, how to position your body by sitting down, laying down and some even standing; depending on the type of meditation you are trying to accomplish. They even have meditations to help ground your spirit. This is very important when working in the spiritual realm, a must be done from time to time. When you have accomplished the task of learning how to meditate, then you can move to the music style meditations. You can always stay with the guided if you are more comfortable as well. This also offers more choices. There are so many types that you should do some research in order to choose one that helps what it is that ails you.
Meditation is healthy, makes you happy, calmer, helps remove stress and anxiety just to name a few. I believe and have practiced it for some time now, that without it I would have been added to the rubber room club. Stress is a killer. Don’t wait for the issues to come and tell you to do it, do it now. Open your heart, which opens the door to a wealth of health and is worth the short moments a day to be at one with yourself and the calmness it brings.
Keep in mind of the one rule for meditation across the board which is, “relax, breathe, if a thought comes into your mind, let it roll past you, come back to your center, and just be” repeat. If you lose focus, don’t worry, focus again. It can save your life and your sanity.
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