In yesterday's blog post, I introduced you to the idea of decluttering. While physical clutter can literally get in the way, there’s also mental clutter that can have a huge impact on your overall emotional state. Today, I'd like to introduce you to a practice that is known to tame the overwhelm of your mind. Meditation can do just that, and it offers numerous benefits for your brain and your overall well-being. Let's take a look.
Meditation is a practice in which you get quiet and become aware of the present moment. It can take a number of forms such as guided imagery, mindfulness, breathing exercises, and more. No matter which form it takes, the main point of such exercises is to focus on the “now”, while noticing distractions and intrusive thoughts. This practice has been in use by various cultures for thousands of years and continues today. Meditation can be a very spiritual activity in general and does not have to be associated with any particular “religion”.. These days, people usually meditate in an attempt to balance out the stress and anxiety associated with the modern world. It has the power to lead to a tranquil state and overall improved well-being when done regularly.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation offers a wide range of benefits. Many of these are directly related to the practitioner's state of mind, but the practice can also improve physical health. The effects are long-lasting. You'll find yourself feeling calmer and noting improvements in your physical well-being long after your meditation session ends. Meditation helps to diminish the mental overload that can overwhelm you, leading to less stress. This renewed state can often provide you with clarity when it comes to the issues you face throughout your life. Health benefits of meditation include decreased depression symptoms, lessened anxiety, reduction in chronic pain, improved sleep, and less frequent tension headaches, among others.
A Simple Breathing Meditation
While there are many different kinds of mediations, one of the easiest to start with is a simple breathing exercise. Controlled breathing is a part of many meditative practices. It can help you to gain focus and to "blow away" stress. Find a quiet space with a comfortable chair. Sit up straight, with your feet flat on the floor. You could also take a seated position on a floor pillow, if you prefer. Begin by inhaling deeply, feeling your breath gently filling your belly. Exhale slowly, allowing your stomach to return to its resting position. Continue this until you find a comfortable rhythm. One way to start in the beginning is to count: 1-2-3-4 as you inhale; hold for a count of 7 and exhale to a count of 8. Simply observe any intrusive thoughts that sneak in. Five minutes every morning to start is enough to gain benefits, but your session can be as long as is comfortable when starting out.
Meditation is a practice that can provide tremendous calming benefits and it is especially effective when done regularly. Give it a try to see how meditating works for you.
Sparkles and Love,