It’s no longer a secret what meditation can do to your wellbeing. With the array of apps, online tutorials and local Yoga studios offering free classes, learning the art of meditation has become easier.
Meditation is exercising your mind to be more perceptive with your thoughts, emotions, and body. Meditation techniques can come in doing breathing exercises, reciting a mantra, performing a sequence of movements, or focusing intensely on a sound or object.
For followers of the Hindu philosophy Vedantism, meditating allows them to understand and identify not only with themselves but also with others. From this philosophy which originated in India, various meditation modalities have been developed throughout China and Southern Asia, each having their own variations.
Reasons for Meditating
People meditate for various reasons. Some aim to achieve clarity, some to gain an understanding of the current state of their being, while some look forward to relaxing and easing themselves from distractions. Others meditate to take a step back from life and appreciate the things they’ve taken for granted.
What separates meditation from other wellness fads is that the former is backed by science.
Meditation can give you the following benefits:
- calm your anxieties;
- boost your feeling of wellness;
- helps you sleep better
- enhance your memory
- contribute to easing your depression
- help relieve pain.
One of the most common types of meditation in Western countries is probably the mindfulness meditation. It is done by focusing your attention to the moment at hand and not being lost in thoughts. You may be listening to music or brushing your teeth or having a walk – just try to focus at what you’re doing at the present moment.
Mindfulness meditation works by helping you concentrate on the present rather than worrying about the past or the future.
Those who do the transcendental meditation meditate on a mantra for about 20 minutes two times a day. This type became well-known in the 1960s through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Metta meditation creates a loving atmosphere within people and between themselves and other people. It is done through a breathing exercise followed by silently meditating on a mantra that you would mentally extend to others. This type works best on people who deal with anger issues.
Breath awareness meditation, as the term implies, allows you to focus on your breathing. It helps to clear your mind from distractions when you concentrate to the rising and falling of your breath.
Lifestyle of Meditation
Along with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, doing meditations even for just a few minutes a day can help you achieve a healthy and rewarding lifestyle.