WHAT IS MEDITATION?
“cleansing the mind and releasing the garbage from the subconscious”
“stopping the mind rushing around aimlessly”
It is a means of transforming the mind and raising awareness and seeing the true nature of things.
What does it do?
Meditation focuses the mind and redirects the thoughts. It changes the brain waves by helping them to slow down. We do this by focusing in on the breath. A simple meditation to use, to begin the transition from Beta or Alpha to the Theta State is to just simply focus on the breath. The breath and mind work in tandem, so as the breath begins to lengthen, brain waves begin to slow down.
The mind, heart, and body can improve with regular meditation.
How can Meditation Help me?
Many people practice meditation right before going to sleep to help relax the mind, or in the morning to help get them in a positive, clear mindset for the day ahead. But get this: in addition to helping you chill out a bit, meditation could be just as beneficial as sleep itself.
Some studies do suggest that meditation that promotes mindfulness can help people relax, manage chronic stress and even reduce reliance on pain medication
The relaxation response helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves. As the body receives quiet messages to relax the tension and tightness release from the muscles in the body.
How does it improve cellular health?
Because during meditation one can experience a period of deep relaxation, called the relaxation response, it is this deep relaxation response that is thought to reduce stress hormones, change brain waves and release all kinds of healthy benefits throughout the mind and body. People have reported reduced Injury, Illness, Pain, and Negative Thoughts, if you believe in the body’s wisdom and innate capacity to heal itself when supported with the right tool kit so that energy blocks than be release and distorted cellular information corrected.
A healthy mindset is the key to a healthy body.
Different forms of meditation?
There are many different forms of meditation, take a look through our suggested list and take a read up on them see which one feel suited to you. Why not practise with a few, you’ll know which form feels right for you. There is one to suit most individuals.
- Loving-kindness meditation uses personal positive affirmations
- Body scan or progressive relaxation helps locate and release stress in the different parts of the body and raise your own awareness to each part of the body one part at a time
- Mindfulness meditation is mental training to focus your mind on experiences (like your own emotions, thoughts, and sensations. Mindful meditation can involve breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and muscle and body relaxation
- Breath awareness meditation is the transition from breathing as if the whole body breathes to breath awareness in the nostrils that is natural and comfortable. Bringing your attention back to the touch of the breath whenever the mind wanders off.
- Kundalini yoga. It is a slow and prolonged process done in various ways, with slight variations. The purpose of all techniques is to raise the kundalini energy from the base of the spine. Connecting the body, mind, and emotions which must be ready to receive a powerful energy through your body.
- Zen meditation. The meditation focuses on posture and breathing. It takes place in either full lotus position or the half lotus position is used, kneeling of sitting in a chair. Eyes are open with focus one meter in front on the floor. The breath takes place through the nose only so your posture has to be correct.
- Transcendental meditation. Transcendental Meditation doesn’t focus on breathing or chanting, like other forms of meditation. Instead, it encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking. It allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort
SIMPLE MEDITATION EXERCISE
Before starting your meditation, you need to find a quiet and peaceful place where you will not be disturbed. The room where you will practice in should not be too dark or too bright, too warm or too cold.
- Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair or cushion.
- Close your eyes. …
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.
- Remain here for as log as you can.
- Allow the thoughts and distractions to flow through
- Fidgeting and restlessness will come and go
- A state of relaxation and peace will follow (this point may take a good few times of practise to reach)
If you are just starting out, I recommend you meditate for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes every day. You can start with even less. Maybe try it for 1 minute in the morning. And when you can sit still and relax for that long, move to 2 minutes.
- Meditating for 10 minutes a day is infinitely better than meditating for 70 minutes once a week. …
- Start small. …
- Pick a gentle alarm. …
- Meditate in a quiet place. …
- It’s easiest to lose your attention during your out-breath. …
- Be easy on yourself when your mind wanders.
Have a go…what are you waiting for?
u ever feel guilty for indulging in a spot of daily self-care then just remember that you can’t feed from an empty cup. So whilst self-care has become a bit of a buzz word within wellness circles, that doesn’t mean that it’s not important.
Why do we fail at self-care?
The act of self-care should be easy right? Well, the fact is, that most of us are so busy with our work, families, friends and everything us that me-time is usually the last thing on the agenda. Even worse, we can sometimes feel guilty for carving out some time just for us, even if we need it.
SO INSTEAD OF THINKING YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR SELF-CARE, TRY ONE OF OUR EASY WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE STARTING TODAY…
Treat yourself to some fresh flowers. Fresh flowers can transform a room or even your desk, why wait for someone to buy you a bouquet.
- Treat yourself to a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate and your favourite film/tv program.
- Run a bath, light some candles, add a few drops of essential oils and lie back and relax.
- Treat yourself to a face mask, hair mask and just lie down for 15 minutes and close your eyes and relax.
- Cancel any plans that you don’t want to go ahead with. Don’t feel bad about cancelling, sometimes your needs need to come before others.
- Take the dog for a walk. Don’t have a dog? Then check out our blog post on forest bathing (link below) for a truly immersive experience.
- Take a social media break. You will be surprised how much time is taken up by endless scrolling and you won’t miss out on much.
- Eat something comforting but healthy. There’s nothing better than a good bowl of homemade stew or soup. So whip yourself up a nourishing dish.
- Listen to music that makes you happy. Whatever the genre, if it makes you smile and sing along, crank it up. There’s nothing better than a good dance and sing-song to make you feel good.
- Have a nap! A night of good sleep can make all the difference. Whether you chose to treat yourself to an early night or you indulge in an afternoon nap, just sleep. Use lavender essential oils on your pillow or on the inside of your wrists to help you relax and drift off into the land of nod.