Should you be meditating? Is it really worth it?
Most people are very sceptic about meditation. However, meditation is an extremely powerful tool. But not many people know how to use this incredibly powerful tool. It’s really not that hard, most people overcomplicate meditation.
The thing with meditation is that the more you do it, the better you will get at it, and in result the benefits will be even bigger. How many people meditate for a little bit and then stop? I find that is the biggest problem. Consistency. The excuses are usually something like not having enough time or just forgetting. Many people look at meditation as a kind of Band-Aid for patching up an especially bad day. So it turns out that if you are feeling good you don’t need to mediate. Wrong.
The Huge Benefits:
Now, before I give you the instructions. I need to make sure you know the benefits. You will feel no benefit if you do it for a week and then just stop. Here are the top 3 biggest benefits of meditation consistently according to HuffingtonPost:
1. It improves concentration.
“I’m more cantered and focused in everything I do. I don’t find myself getting as distracted anymore,” says Sara Robinson of Indianapolis, who did the Sahaj course last February. The ER nurse and sky-diving instructor adds that multitasking is easier. At least one study has shown an improved ability to multitask. Meditation has been linked to a number of things that lead to increased ability to focus, memory etc. We’ve seen this at the level of the brain. Greater concentration is related to the increased energy meditation provides. It connects you with your real source of energy.
2. It increases happiness
Meditation puts you on the fast tract to happiness. Studies have shown that brain signalling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases in the right side, responsible for negative emotions. The other benefits of meditation, including increased self-awareness and acceptance, also contribute to improved overall well-being.
3. It slows aging.
Studies show that meditation changes brain physiology to slow aging and have more grey matter – literally, more brain cells. Elizabeth Hoge, did a study that showed that meditators also have longer telomeres, the caps on chromosomes indicative of biological age.
So how do I meditate?
There are so many different methods, however here are the most proven ones.
Easy, Breath Meditation – This is a simple technique that takes advantage of the mind-body connection. Your breath is a fundamental bodily rhythm that is connected to heart rate, stress response and blood pressure. The technique is simple. Sit with your eyes closed in a quiet place. Once you feel settled, follow your breathing as it goes in and out. Don’t try to force yourself into a rhythm or change it. If your attention gets distracted by thoughts or sensations, easily bring it back to your breath.
Advanced, Mantra Meditation – If you want to use this method, just follow the same technique as the breathing meditation. But, as you breath in and out silently use the Mantra So Hum. The usual method is to So as you inhale and Hum as you exhale. Once you have meditated for a set period of time, open your eyes and relax. Make sure you don’t rush back into what you were doing.
Advanced, Pranayama Meditation –
This is the one that I recommend for refining our breathing and adding to the relaxation and calming effect. Sitting upright, you will be gently breathing out of your left nostril and right nostril alternately. The rhythm is to inhale on the right nostril and exhale on the left nostril. Then the opposite. A few minutes of practise will make this exercise easy! First hold your right hand up with your thumb against your right nostril and two middle fingers against the left nostril. If I write it, it will seem extremely hard but you are essentially alternating the side you breathe on. You have to do this exercise five minutes before you start to deep meditate.
I hope you found this post useful! Make sure you read it carefully and then share it on social media so your friends and family can learn how to use this powerful tool, meditation.