Benefit From Meditation Exercises

The benefit of meditation exercise are countless but before I begin to outline them let us investigate where this ancient art began.

Where is all started:

To exactly find a point in the history of mankind where meditation began would be difficult.  Suffice to say that it would have commenced many millennia ago.  However what we do know is that meditation began in ancient civilizations.

Many Hindi scholars from India wrote about meditation and these are better known as the as the Vedas and the Yoga Sutras which were written by Patanzali.

And then of course there was the meditation of Siddhartha Gautama ( Buddha).  The East has practised meditation for countless centuries and though the Western world caught on it really wasn’t until the mid 20th century that meditation began to be so popular in the western world.

The benefits of meditation:

  • Helps you to relax quickly
  • Improve concentration and clarity of mind
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Helps you gain a general sense of well being
  • Assists in restoring health
  • Raises tolerance levels
  • Increases creativity
  • Brings out the inherently ‘content and happy person’ from within
  • Helps to create within you an inner peace and happiness
  • Assists in both mind and body healing

How to mediate for beginners:

One of the most common errors we can make when learning about ‘how to meditate correctly’ is not to  try too hard. I spent over three decades searching for the ‘best ways’ to meditate and during that search I  attended meditation classes, read books, purchased guided meditation CD’s and tapes, DVD’s and videos all in my extraneous effort to learn the most effective way to meditate.

Fact is that it was not until a couple of years ago that I discovered that the simplest and most effective way of mediating is to ‘ relax and breathe.  Breathing is the most important part of meditating and this needs to be performed accurately.  I call it the  2 step method that with practice anyone can get down to an art.

Step One:

Inhale through your nose and allow your diaphragm to expand while you exhale through your mouth.  In breathing this way, you slow your heart rate down and place you in a much more relaxed and calmer state.  This breathing method also helps to improve your concentration.

Step Two:

Now while you are breathing, inhaling and exhaling as described in step one focus your attention on your breathing.  Focus on the ‘feeling’ of the air that passes through your nose that fills your lungs and expands the diaphragm.  Focus on the sensation. 

Getting the most out of your meditation sessions:

Meditation is an art that like anything else demands practise on a daily basis, perseverance and above all else requires that you are patient in allowing the results of your meditation to come through. 

As a music teacher I often set out on paper for any new students a set of guidelines to optimize their practise sessions.  The key being ‘daily’ and then a list of ways that their practise time is effective i.e that they get the most of out their practise sessions.

Meditation is done in much the same way.

Meditate in a quiet area where you know you will not be disturbed or distracted for the duration of your meditation practise.

Always meditate in the same room if possible and preferably avoid being in a very cold or very hot environment.  It is difficult to concentrate if your environment is uncomfortable.

Take your shoes off and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Dawn is known to be the most effective time of day for meditating.  So if at all possible meditate first thing in the morning, but if this isn’t possible at least attempt to meditate around the same time each day.  This aids in establishing a routine.

Learning meditation on your own without any guidance can be a little overwhelming so continue to research meditation so that you can get the most out of it.  For absolute beginners, guided meditation is by far one of the simplest and easiest way to start and the learner will not feel so isolated.

To this day meditation is still the greatest method to achieving  inner peace and well being and is being recommended by many health practitioners both in the alternative fields as well as in the orthodox such as general practitioners and specialists.

 

 

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One Response

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