What is exactly is meditation and meditating and what does it involve? You may be asking yourself this very question around this buzzword, literally everywhere. Well, I’m glad you landed here in your search for answers. This article will tell you everything you need to know about meditating and provide some helpful tips to maximize each session and receive the benefits of a mindful practice. Meditating allows us to look inside ourselves and find inner peace creating a connection to the mind and body through focused concentration and breath-work.
Meditation origins can be traced back to 1500 B.C. with its roots in Vendantism Hindu practices. The Vedas is the sacred scriptures of India and is the foundation of Hinduism. They believe that God has given us the power within ourselves to manifest realize and our own destiny and connect with the divine to reach our higher self.
According to ancient texts, there are four paths to our higher self. These paths are called Yogas and we will focus on the fourth path, Raja Yoga, the path of meditating. Though the roots are found in this ancient text, today meditating has emerged as a non-religious way to achieve these same goals and desires but relies on the fundamental techniques provided in these teachings.
Well, this all sounds great but how exactly do you meditate?
You can follow these simple steps to start meditating:
Find a safe quiet space where you can relax without worry of being interrupted.
Set your intention for the meditation. (i.e. abundance, balance, a specific desire, overcoming a fear, healing, really anything you feel where you could improve your life)
Turn off all sound or if you prefer some soft soothing sounds of nature can be playing in the background.
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position that you can hold through the entire meditation.
Close your eyes and begin to consciously breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
As you breathe, focus on clearing your mind of all thoughts and distractions outside of your set intentions. (I imagine with each inhale I am taking in the positive energy of my intentions and with each exhale I am letting go of a worry or stress.)
As your mind clears, shift your thoughts to how each breath moves in the body noticing areas of tension.
Scan your body for these areas one by one starting at the crown and ending with the feet.
When you find an area of your body hat is tense with stress, stop and focus drawing in the oxygen to that area of the body until you feel the tension release.
Once the body scan is complete and you feel free of tension and stress, you have successfully completed the meditation.
Slowly begin to bring your focus from the internal body to the external body by wiggling your fingers and toes or swaying side to side.
Gently open your eyes.
Bring your hands to your chest in a prayer formation and express gratitude to yourself for allowing you to meditate. A common practice is to say “Namaste”. This means, the divine in me honors the divine in you.
Enjoy the benefits of a mindful meditation and rock out the rest of your day.
Below is a short list of some of the benefits you can experience from having a faithful meditation practice. So start your practice today and enjoy all these benefits and so much more.
Physical benefits of Meditating:
- Stimulate the nervous system
- Decreased blood pressure.
- Less fatigue and insomnia.
- Improved airflow to the lungs
- Better pain management.
- Boosts Immune System
Physical benefits of Meditating:
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Promotes a sense of confidence.
- Improves critical thinking.
- Helps break unhealthy habits.
- Better understanding of self and body.
- Helps to let go of things holding you back.
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