Meditation – is it for you?
Have you ever thought about taking up meditation? The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its health and emotional benefits. Meditation has however been around for hundreds, or more accurately, thousands, of years. It is not a new invention by any means and we normally tend to associate meditation with Buddhism and India. But meditation is for everyone, no matter your background, across anywhere in the world.
Meditation began to spread to Western society thousands of years after it was adopted in the East. It gained popularity and it was in the 1960’s and 1970’s that researchers began to to test the effects of meditation and learn about its many benefits.
To keep it very simple, the practice of meditation is, in itself, just a process of training your mind on a regular basis, in order to focus and redirect your thoughts. You can also use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.
Many people also use the practice of meditating to develop other beneficial habits and feelings. These work towards gaining a positive mood and outlook. Perhaps to self-discipline, or help with healthy sleep patterns. There are so many benefits to be gained from meditation. Here are just a few of them:
- Promotes Emotional Health and Balance
- Lowers blood pressure, reduces stress
- Helps to focus, provides a form of relaxation, and an opportunity of self awareness
- Benefits cardiovascular and immune health
- Controls anxiety, improves sleep
Today, there are many different types of meditation practiced, such as mindful breathing, loving kindness meditation etc. These have been shown to have many cognitive and emotional benefits, such as a decrease in depression levels, and overall peace of mind.
Mindfulness meditation in particular encourages you to observe your wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each theme as it arises. Through continued practice of mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to develop particular patterns. The more you practise the more you are aware of how you quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. Eventually, if you continue to practise, you will find that you will develop an inner balance.
What about you, have you discovered meditation yet? And if so, what is your preferred method? It would be good to hear what you think about what I like. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?
About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.