The purpose of meditation is to still your mind of thoughts and awaken you to the truth.
There are many other benefits along the way. Although there are some who practice meditation and yoga simply for these benefits, practice varies from person to person.
Meditation and Relaxation
One of the best ways to get in touch with your intuition, become calmer and more peaceful, is to through meditation.
If you’re new to meditation, start with doing some stretches, Pilates or yoga. Often people hold stress in their bodies and it can feel uncomfortable sitting too long. Tight muscles, especially lower back, make it hard to sit still. The morning is usually an excellent time to start, before the day begins. Sit in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, even if this means getting up five minutes earlier.
The simplest approach is to sit still, notice how your body feels and your mood. Then breathe in and out.
Note, where your breath can go, is it shallow or can you already feel your belly rise?
Focus on your breathing – in and out, slow long and deep breaths.
Concentrate on the air coming in. Imagine it is beautiful pure mountain air. When you breathe out, let go of any stresses and toxins that accumulate in your body.
Continue to breathe in and out, feel your stomach expand slowly, as you breathe in and fall as you breathe out.
Begin with five minutes to start with per day, and then take longer. Focusing on your breath is a great start.
You can go to YouTube and try the different types of meditations on offer, to see what fits for you. Some have music, sounds, breath work and chakra clearing.
The health benefits of meditation
Meditation is good for:
- Good health & stress reduction:
Doing meditation will almost certainly improve your health and physical wellbeing. It does this for a myriad of reasons and these should not be underestimated. Meditation (especially the basic meditations) put the mind-body in a state of relaxed alertness, which is ideal for self-healing to take place.
In this state, the body’s natural healing capability is enhanced. This means the body is able to work its magic more efficiently. Much of the spontaneous, miracle like healing that takes place in the unwell can be attributed to this phenomenon. During meditation, when the conscious mind is silenced, psychological wounds and other negative emotions that are kept locked can rise and be released. This prevents these unresolved negative feelings from expressing themselves as disease and illness.
Finally, over time, meditation reduces anxiety and stress. It helps by teaching you to live in the present. This state of peaceful, happy living is the biggest boon to good health.
- Excellent brain function:
Meditation is a very active and powerful tool for improving one’s brain functions significantly. Meditation sharpens intelligence and increases awareness. The memory and retrieval pathways are also improved, and one finds the mind clear and precise. The improvements are sometimes gained in a very short time. One way to gauge these changes, is by observing the eloquence in your speech and clarity in your expression.
As time passes, you will find that you are not tripping over the same bad habits and personality flaws as you had been in the past. You will see clearly better psychological and emotional balance emerge over time. It will also help improve your physical balance.
One of the key components of meditation is improved confidence. The work to increase it as well as the related attribute of willpower. When you come to the point of having to jump out of the known, meditation helps you build the necessary courage and self-belief to do so.
Meditation can help you feel more at ease with yourself. When people feel at ease with themselves it is often noticed by others. It also helps you become less reactive and instead respond to more in the moment.
- Discover your purpose & gifts:
As you start to drop those aspects of you that are artificial and pretentious, you will get a chance to see the real you. This will give you insight into who you really are and what you really love in life. It helps you master the art of living and discover your talents, gifts, and purpose. Once this is discovered, life can be lived with passion, zeal, and independence.
- Improved relationships:
The attributes of sensitivity and non-attachment are so helpful in the complex world of relationships. Meditation promotes thoughtfulness, affection, and forgiveness, and the need for non-attachment. Non-attachment means not being dependent on the other for personal fulfilment. Being dependent is often fuelled by fear and fear of losing the pleasure or security that the other provides. Fear creates an underlying resentment that prohibits love from flowering. Relationships need to be based on love and adoration instead.