Benefits of Meditation
You may be hearing the buzz that Meditation is good for you. Let’s look at the why it is good for you and ways to incorporate it into your life Meditation has its roots in Eastern practices and has been around for centuries. More recently the western world is starting to follow and incorporate meditation practices into daily life and are finding it has a profound impact upon quality of life, good mental health and reducing stress.
There are a lot of studies being conducted on the benefits of meditation, so we are beginning to see evidence based scientifically proven studies that back up the benefits of practicing meditation.
A lot of people can fall into the trap of using meditation as a band aid for managing a stressful situation; however, by incorporating daily meditation into your life, it supports you to be more grounded and less reactive when a challenge or stressful event occurs. So meditation is more of a preventative rather than using it for a particular event or situation.
Some of the benefits of meditation are:
Builds your ability to manage stressful events
Clears the mind - allows you to have a rest from racing thoughts
Improves focus and concentration
Improves self awareness
Allows you to be in the present moment
You feel less reactive
More ability to see things from a different perspective – to be the witness to what is occurring
Ways to incorporate and build your meditation practice:
So from the research, you know that meditation is good for you. It is also free and available to us at any time, so why don’t we do it? Often people get busy with life and find they don’t have the time. Paradoxically, the busier you are, the more you will benefit from having a mediation practice.
So firstly, it is important that you don’t make the meditation right and yourself wrong. If you are a beginner, well done for reading this and for opening up to the idea that meditation is good for you and you want to give it a go. Meditation does take practice; it can be like training a puppy to sit still. The puppy may wander off to explore and we gently bring it back to sit quietly. This is what happens with the mind, it may wander off into the past or the future and you simply notice the thought and then gently bring your focus back to an anchor point, being your breath, what you can feel or what you can hear.
This wandering mind can occur no matter how long you have been practicing meditation. It is simply a matter of noticing the thoughts and then return slowly to your anchor that you are focusing on.
It is also important to find a meditation that works for you. It may be a guided visualization, repeating a mantra, a breath meditation, a walking meditation, mindfulness meditation, listening to the sounds of nature. There are many options. Please connect with the link below to access my free 10 min mindfulness meditation.
Remember don’t make the practice right and yourself wrong. Any meditation is better than no meditation. You can start off with 10 – 15 min a day – this is doable right? I invite you to do the experiment. You will notice a difference in yourself which will then have a flow on effect to those around you.
If you want to learn more about mindfulness and meditation, please join Tamika at her upcoming weekend Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga Retreat from 6-8 Oct 2023 at Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon. click below to find out more information.