What Is Meditation?
There are as many definitions of meditation as there are different styles. Let’s focus on one of the most basic explanation: Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment.
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Meditation Benefits (scientifically proven)
- Stress reduction
- Increased sense of well-being
- Improved focus, attention and memory
- Better cardiovascular health and enhanced immune system
- Better relationships through an increased empathy and sense of connectedness
- Reduction in physical and emotional pain
- More creativity and flow 🙂
I like the idea that meditation is a form of mental hygiene.
Imagine how your body is constantly getting rid of waste through respiration, perspiration and other forms of secretion. Our skin is shedding dead skin cells on a regular basis. However, many people are used to doing the exact opposite with their thoughts and feelings. They push feelings to one side, don’t allow them to surface or they are having lots of thoughts that never make it onto a piece of paper. Just imagine what would happen to our bodies if they’d do the same! It would be a very messy affair!
Whilst meditation is often associated with religion and/or spirituality, it doesn’t have to be. It can be a free-standing practice that allows you a few minutes or even an hour out of your day to give your busy mind a break. Giving your mind a break doesn’t equal no thoughts the same way giving your heart a break doesn’t mean to make it stop beating! It’s about slowing down, becoming aware, being the observer of your thoughts and feelings without getting sucked into the drama. It’s about flow.