The Art of Meditation

Meditation is a very important tool to manage stress and reducing anxiety and depression. It is a conscious effort of allowing your anxieties, fears, and anger to calm down so that one can order their own mind , eliminate the stressful thoughts and enhances physical and emotional well-being. It helps us in attaining peace of mind and soul and also helps us tune into a positive mindset.

Meditation can give us a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. They also lead us to a state of self realization, where our mind is away from the anxieties of the past and the anticipations about the future. With emotional stability and calmness, one ends up feeling more confident and is able to face life. It makes people empathetic and thus able to understand others’ emotions, actions, and behaviors. It also improve our physical health by reducing strain on the heart, lowering blood pressure, improved blood circulation, less perspiration , improved data retention and focus , improved sleep patterns and deeper relaxation.

Types of meditation and relaxation techniques include:

1. Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation practices require you to concentrate in your present. It ensures stability and control of the present state without getting disturbed by what comes or goes. We establish an embodied presence and learn to see clearly and feel fully the changing flow of sensations, feelings of both pleasantness and unpleasantness, emotions and sounds. For example : close your eyes and start breathing, neither long breaths nor too short ones. Breathe like you naturally do. Just that you are conscious about it, not controlling it in any manner. While you do so, you are sure to feel multiple sensations. What we want you to do is to just feel them, coming and going, not attracting any neither repelling one. You just rest and relax, without any judgement. When you practice this discipline of mindfulness meditation, and while you are onto exercising the breathing routine, your thoughts start mingling and flowing in the process. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

2. Transcendental Meditation

This is a technique of detaching oneself and promoting harmony and self realization. It involves sitting up with your back straight. In this method, we use a mantra such as a word , sound or phrase repeatedly silently to narrow your conscious awareness and eliminate all thoughts from your mind. We focus exclusively on your mantra to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness. It curbs insomnia, gives more power to our body and mind and increases productivity.

3. Walking Meditation

In this meditation, practitioners move slowly and continuously while staying aware of the body and mind. It encourages us to focus on each footstep in order to be fully present.  We must take deep breaths , use good posture , take deep breaths, and experience the motions of the body. This allows us to cultivate a a sense of mind- body awareness by focusing on your body’s posture.

4. Mantra Meditation

In this type of meditation, we silently repeat a calming word , thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts and helps us concentrate on that one particular sound. In every moment that we pay full attention to the mantra, we are not disturbed by any other thoughts, memories, or sensations. This helps reduce stress and improves our concentration and well-being.

Meditation is a simple strategy that can help obtain better health and a happier life. It takes time to learn to meditate but the more we practice , the quicker we learn and the more benefits we get and hence this will certainly have a big difference in our life.

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