Most of us have heard about meditation. It is something that famous people keep saying is what keeps them sane and going. But, what is meditation really and how do you do it?
I am no expert on meditation and struggle to do it just as much as the next person. But, here is some knowledge I have found in my research.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is an act of being. It is not exercise, concentration or mental effort. It is a state of deep profound peace when your mind is silent yet completely alert.
Whoah, what the heck does that mean?
I know it seems kinda backwards and crazy. How can your brain not be thinking anything and you be alert to everything. Well, that is what happens when you are able to quiet your mind and just be present to the moment. It is a state of being present.
It is a challenging process to complete. Most of our brains don't ever quiet down unless we are watching the TV. The concept of completely quieting the brain can be challenging to understand and do.
But it is possible and has some great benefits.
Benefits of Meditation
Here are just a few benefits of meditation. With consistent efforts in meditating consistently you will notice these benefits and more.
Meditation Reduces Stress
One of the best attributes meditation is known for, is its ability to reduce stress. Meditation is quieting the mind, so you are reducing the noise in your head from the stresses of life. It will help you come to a tranquil mental place.
Meditation Improves Concentration
There is an increased energy from mediation, which allows you to have better concentration. Remember your meditation is not a means to practice your concentration but have the mind be in a quiet alertness.
Meditation Increases Self-Awareness
With meditation you will become more aware of your thinking habits and emotions. You will see what thoughts continuously try to compete with the silence.
The process of meditation is simple.
- Quiet alarms, ringers or any other distractions. While learning how to meditate, distractions will be your easy way out in not completing the task.
- Set your alarm for 5 minutes.
- Sit somewhere comfortable. You can be seated in a chair or on the floor. What ever is comfortable for your body.
- Focus on your breathing, only on your breathe.
- Your brain will wonder.
- Bring your focus back to your breathe.
- Thoughts will pop in. Don’t admonish yourself. Just bring your thoughts back to your breathe.
It is simple enough, but can be challenging to consistently do and master. The longer you are able to do it, and more consistently, the greater the benefits.
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