More and more these days we see countless recommendations to practice the age-old art and science of meditation. Here’s a short list (certainly not all inclusive) of the benefits that come from a daily meditation practice.
Mindfulness is the ability to know what is happening in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.
Mindfulness protects from being carried away from stressful situations. It teaches you to respond, rather than react to the chaotic situations that come up in your life. It grounds you and gives you more control over your emotions.
Can you imagine how useful this could be? Imagine how beneficial it would be to remain calm and maintain control your emotions to any stressful or chaotic situation.
Mindfulness is like a muscle. Just like the muscles in your body, it needs to be exercised in order to grow stronger.
Activities that allow you to reflect inward, such as meditation, hypnosis, or guided imagery can increase your mindfulness.
A simple exercise to practice mindfulness
Try this quick and easy silent meditation to reset, let go, and become more mindful:
- Stop – Stop what you are doing (if you can) and close your eyes
- Breath – Begin to focus on your breathing and allow any thoughts to dissolve.
- Be – Stay in this moment for at least 3 Minutes. If you want, you can repeat a positive affirmation to yourself before you carry on with the rest of your day.
For thousands of years, people have turned to meditation to deepen understanding of themselves and the mystical forces of life.
Today, we are beginning to understand the healing benefits meditation has on on the mind, body, and emotions.
With meditation, you can bring a sense of calm, peace, and balance that benefits both your emotional wellbeing, and health.
The difference between meditation and hypnotherapy.
Mind body practices such as meditation and hypnotherapy hypnosis for different purposes.
While hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to achieve a goal or an outcome, meditation uses hypnosis as a way to expand awareness within.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis with a specific intention or goal. Meditation on the other hand, uses hypnosis to simply ‘be’.
The benefits of meditation
Meditation allows you to go within your mind. To detach from the real world and to connect with the real you.
Throughout the day, little stresses, worries, and pressures accumulate and build up in the mind and body. We are either stressed about about what has passed, or anxious about what might happen in the future.
With meditation, you can unplug from the outside world and reconnect with yourself.
The benefits of meditation has been well documented over the years. Research has shown the benefits of meditation on the mind. In an 8 week study conducted by Harvard Researches at Massachusetts General Hospital determines that meditation literally rebuilds grey matter (1).
The different types of meditation
There are many different forms of meditation with different techniques and practices.
Focused attention meditation
Your attention is focused on a single object during the meditation. This object may be a part of the body, a mantra, a candle, a piece of art, or even drums and chants.
Your attention and awareness is focused on the present moment. During this meditation, you become aware of what is around you, inside the room and outside the room. You become aware of your internal sensations such as your breathing, your heart beating, or the feelings within your muscles.
Metta meditation is a practice that brings about love, kindness, and empathy towards the self and others. Benefits includes a more loving and accepting feeling towards the self and an increased feeling of purpose of life.
There are more than one type of Yoga Meditations. The most common types of Yoga meditations include 3rd eye Meditation, Chakra Meditation, Tantra meditation, and Yoga Nidra.
Guided meditations are a popular form of meditation and is the easiest way to start. Ideal for beginners and advanced, listeners are guided by a trained practitioner into a state of relaxed mindfulness. Guided meditations are available for all types of meditations and may include guided imagery, positive affirmations, and sound healing.
Is meditation hard?
Meditation is a journey into the self….an exploration of the YOUniverse.
Think of a meditation as our mind sailing the ocean of our thoughts. Sometime the waves is still other times the waves are violent and turbulent.
In meditation, you learn to keep your mind still and quiet the thoughts that causes conflict and stress within us.
Meditation is a practice. It takes time, it takes patience, and it takes you to a new level of of awareness and understanding.
Try a 3-minute silent meditation
Meditation can be done at home, at work, laying down, or sitting on a chair.
Here is a simple exercise you can do right now.
Grab a timer set it for three minutes. Close your eyes and just focus on your breath for 3 minutes. When the timer goes of, take note of how you feel!