After several hours of grueling research I’ve discovered the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions on this blog, something to do with mental health, can you guess what it is? … yeah! That’s it “what is meditation and what are it’s benefits?” well after digging around online i discovered that Meditation is essentially the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one specific area or train of thought. The practice comes with a large collection of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general, long lasting, feeling of happiness.
Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with the growth mindset needed to make the practice something actually enjoyable like it is for many others.
Here are a few simple tips and tricks to help you on your meditation journey. I hope you can use to find you’re own way to nama-stay! haha.. did you see what i did there? it was… uh.. you know… a play on… ahh forget it!
1. Start with your breaths. Breathing in deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin any meditation session.
2. Stretch first. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the parts of body with the most tension.
3. Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a stereotypical Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.
4. Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginner meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body. This is both very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.
5. Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual objects and items in the room to help you feel at ease.
6. Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go.
7. Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.
8. Notice small adjustments. For beginning meditators, the slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.
9. Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.
10. Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal
time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.
remember people stay strong, and comment people i do want to hear your thoughts on this as well as other topics to talk about from now on!