Meditation is good for the body. It’s a component of yoga that, when practiced regularly, can make a huge difference in your life. Here are some good effects you’ll garner from meditation.
- It lowers blood pressure
- Clears the mind
- Can be either invigorating & energizing or calming (depending on the technique you use).
- Meditation prepares the mind, body, and spirit for challenges that await you in your day-to-day life.
- Gives you time for YOU – just a few minutes each day where you get to check in and enjoy the quiet and peace without distraction.
For me, meditation is the BEST part of my day. It’s the quiet time that I get before I have to tackle my own personal juggling act of everyday tasks, clients, family, friends….you get the picture. It’s a little piece of sanity before the onslaught of the day.
There are tons and I mean, TONS of meditation how to’s, types of meditation and meditation resources. Here are a couple of meditation techniques.
Mindfulness Meditation – Basically, this type of meditation involves focusing on your mind on the present. To be mindful is to be aware of your thoughts and actions in the present, without judging either yourself or others.
Breath Watching or Breathing Meditation – (We do this lots in my yoga classes!) – This is the act of paying attention to your breath – focusing on your inhalations and your exhalations. As the breath becomes calmer and more refined during meditation, there is a joyous feeling of peace and exaltation that takes over. This is one of the simplest and most popular forms of meditation.
Walking Meditation – In walking meditation, the experience of walking is used as our focus. We try to keep our awareness involved with the experience of walking – how the foot is placed on the ground, where the weight shifts into the ball mound of the foot, what happens as the toes lift….etc. This is a fun type of meditation to practice. Give yourself plenty of time to experience your walk without rush to garner the good effects.
Mantra Meditation – This type of meditation involves repetition of some special sounds and words. There are many mantras available. One of my personal favorites is Om Shanti – Om is the sacred sound of the universe (it’s the sound of God or that which created all) and Shanti is peace. It is basically a prayer for peace.
You might also check a couple of the different paths to meditation (this is a very small sampling!).
Kriya Yoga Meditation – “Meditation is a natural process of withdrawing attention from external conditions and directing it inward to a chosen focus of concentration.” Here’s the Kriya Yoga Online YouTube Channel.
Transcendental Meditation – “a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.”
Zen Buddhist Meditation – “Zazen is a particular kind of meditation, unique to Zen, that functions centrally as the very heart of the practice. In fact, Zen Buddhists are generally known as the “meditation Buddhists.” Basically, zazen is the study of the self.”
According to the folks over at Meditation Analysis, “Although there are many types of meditation that are derived from Hinduism, Buddhism or even Taoism and other origins, they all focus on quieting the mind. Its intention is not to remove stimulation but to direct one’s concentration to a healing element. When the mind is filled with the feelings of peacefulness, it cannot take off on its own and start to worry, feel stressed or depressed.”
Meditation doesn’t have to be hard or complex. In fact, it shouldn’t be. It can be the 5 minutes before the start of your day or the 2 hour mediation marathon at the local meditation center. It’s what works for you and what fits into your lifestyle. It is something that can work in any lifestyle no matter your time constraint, family or work responsibility. There is a time commitment and there is energy involved in practicing meditation. Don’t be misled into thinking otherwise. But it’s time dedicated to you and your well-being.
So, really, when it’s all said and done, what’s not to love about THAT?