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Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

Catharine Willett February 5, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]B[/su_dropcap]reathe in…and out…breathe in…and out. This is typically what most think of when they hear the word meditation. And frankly, they are not entirely wrong. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), meditation is the practice involving the mind and body that increases mental and physical relaxation, improves overall wellbeing, and makes a person overall more aware.

But with our hectic and crazy lifestyles, how is there any time for deep breathing exercises? In many cases, we just desire to be less aware of the work we have pilling up around us since there is no time to relax. However, meditation is not just about being aware of your environment, it allows you to be more spiritually and self-aware, causing relaxation, and it only requires a few minutes of your time.


Why Should I do this?

Meditation has been scientifically proven to have genuine health benefits. In fact, in several instances of mental health, meditation is often one of the major treatments recommended. Studies have proven that a few minutes of meditation can significantly improve one’s mind and body, more specifically:


     Mental benefits

Meditation has been proven to create long-lasting, beneficial changes in brain activity. After studying Buddhist monks, a study showed that brain activity had evolved in areas regarding attention, working memory, learning, and conscious perception, all for the better. But, you don’t have to dedicate your life to meditation to experience positive effects of meditation. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Increased emotional stability
  • More focus and clarity
  • Increased creativity
  • Improved happiness
  • Development of intuition


     Physical benefits

Although there are numerous mental benefits, there are also physical improvements that can arise from meditation. MRI tests have shown that meditation increases brain activity in areas that control the metabolism; this allows for a faster metabolism and weight loss. Similar to how there are many mental health benefits, there are also several physical ones, such as:

  • Strengthened immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased chronic pain
  • Increased energy
  • Lowers levels of blood lactate, which lowers the frequency of anxiety attacks
  • Serotonin increase, creating positive mood change

Similar to how exercise improves the mind and body, meditation can also significantly improve one’s health. However, there are no gym equipment required to meditate. The best part about meditation is that it’s all on your schedule! There are several ways to meditate and you have the opportunity to add meditation into your life at any time, so why not now?


But how do I meditate?

Remember the deep breathing we talked about earlier? Meditation is actually as simple as breathing in and out! There are several different methods of meditation you can partake in, and many of those who meditate participate in either religious or secular meditation practices. Whatever method you choose, try and stick with it. In order to get beneficial results from meditation, regular practice is necessary. Find time in the morning, on your lunch break, or even before bed to add meditation into your routine. To help you get started, here are just a few methods of meditation to try:


The methods of meditation listed above are just a few suggestions taken from the meditation blog Live and Dare, further research on meditation can lead you down several other paths but with the same results. From the information we have provided and some tips for beginning, you have the opportunity to transform yourself into a healthier, happier you!

Check out more of our blogs for information about better sleep and information about meditation.
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